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About the role

The Surface Temperature Team in the Earth Observation Science (EOS) group at University of Leicester is seeking to appoint a Research Associate based in Department of Physics and Astronomy. The EOS group has a strong foundation in leading space research, and specializes in identification, investigation, and development of new/advanced parameters for space measurements. Thepost holder will also be a staff member in the National Centre for EarthObservation which provide long-term strategic research in observations of theplanet for the UK.


You will investigate the use of remote sensing techniques based on Earth Observation data products for assessing the impact that agricultural practices and climate change has on agriculture production. Specifically, to use observation from space-based optical and thermal instruments to better characterize crop stress and drought, with implications for food security, water use efficiency, and susceptibility to disease and pests. A particular focus will be on validating data and will also require generation of longer datasets working with other members of the group.


Collaboration with national and international partners, starting with UK CEH (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), will also be a key focus. The role includes opportunities to present results at local and international conferences and science meetings, write high-impact scientific publications as lead or co-author, contribute to the science of other studies being carried out in the Surface Temperature Team, and supervise undergraduate project students.

About you

With a PhD in a relevant subject (or soon to obtain one), such as environmental science with ideally physics, maths or geography background, you will have experience working with relevant environmental datasets, with ideally research experience in land composition / vegetation phenology / water availability from space-based datasets. You will have experience communicating research results at conferences, alongside a good or emerging publication record with significant contributions to co-authored papers.


You will be a self-starter with a flexible approach to work, as well as experience of collaborative, interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary research.

Additional information

For informal enquiries, please contact [Dr Darren Ghent] on [07399 401367] or [djg20@le.ac.uk]


Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.