R360 Thermal Remote Sensing Scientist: Visa Sponsorship Available

Thermal Remote Sensing Scientist: Visa Sponsorship Available


University of Reading

Job reference: SRF 46809

Salary: £33,999 – £44,263 per annum

Closing date: 26/04/2024

Department: School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Employment type: AR-Research

Division: Meteorology

Hours Per Week: 1.00 FTE

Job live date: 07/03/2024

Employment Basis/Type: Full time, Fixed Term (30/04/2027)

A thriving research group at University of Reading is seeking to recruit a scientifically ambitious researcher in thermal remote sensing—i.e., in observing Earth’s climate and temperatures from space. The initial focus for this post is research into the lakes forming around the edge of the Greenland ice sheet, and their role in influencing ice stability and melt in a changing climate. The postholder will take up research responsibilities in a range of projects with international space and weather agencies and the UK’s National Centre for Earth Observation, on observations of the temperature of Earth’s surfaces (water, land, cityscapes, ice) in the context of climate change.

You will have:

  • Proven willingness to learn knowledge and skills across physics, mathematics and computing
  • Strong numeracy and confidence in working with data
  • Personal skills to work both independently and in a team
  • Experience in research (PhD or equivalent attainment) and scientific software
  • An interest in observing the Earth by remote sensing and advancing climate science

You will join a team of around 8 researchers in Earth observation and climate within the world-class Department of Meteorology at University of Reading. You will apply your physical understanding, numeracy and programming skills to measure by thermal remote sensing the temperature dynamics of elements of Earth’s climate system, creating data and insight relevant to understanding ongoing climate change. You will be part of the UK’s National Centre for Earth Observation, contributing to and benefiting from engagement with a wider pool of scientists seeking to understand the Earth from space. You will develop multiple contacts in other universities and across space and weather forecasting agencies around the world.

Closing date: 26 April 2024

Interviews will be held: 8 May 2024

Informal contact details

Contact role:

Professor, group lead

Contact name:

Christopher Merchant

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Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and champions LGBT+ equality. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

To apply for this job please visit jobs.reading.ac.uk.