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Two Expertise Development Coordinators in Big Geospatial Data Science

Job description

The ITC Faculty works in a variety of application domains in which voluminous geospatial data sources have become fundamentally important to assess and monitor, manage, model and predict key change processes that take place in the Earth system. Many challenges exist in natural resources (amongst others, climate, water, land, ecosystems) as well as in the man-made environment (amongst others, cities, infrastructure, logistics, public health). The faculty’s research and education focus on the professional and responsible use of Earth observation data and spatial information in combination with modern data handling systems. The ongoing, rapid development of geospatial data science spurs us to initiate a Big GeoData Science Lab for which we aim to hire new staff.

ITC aims to remain the global player in capacity development in advanced geospatial applications and therefore aims to develop a reference curriculum in geospatial data science. The staff for ITC’s Big Geospatial Data Science Lab will become the focal points of that effort. You have wide knowledge of (geospatial) data organization, AI techniques in data analysis, and the computational infrastructure required to make it work. You are used to work in a multi- and cross-disciplinary setting and find shaping collaboration in such setting nothing but the norm. You will complement and expand existing expertise in the faculty. You will contribute to developing a network in the geospatial data science area, in which you aim to understand ongoing research projects and build towards an educational curriculum. ITC aims to design a coordinated strategy in this scientific field to make its research and project activities future-proof, and generate educational spin-off. Thus, you will help steer and contribute to the development of a community of practice in our network and of educational modules on data science in geospatial context.

Coordinator 1:

Various of ITC’s scientific departments are already engaged in work that has big data science dimensions. Such work primarily has a research orientation, but big geodata and data science are also becoming established in our educational programs. Depending on application, purpose and audience data-intensive projects with large spatiotemporal data sets must make many choices, specifically in data preparation and analytical methods, in hardware/software platforms to use, and in the techniques to disseminate results. This diversity of choices is worthy of study itself. All these developments require vision, understanding of the state-of-the-art and trends in cloud computing, machine learning and orchestration of research and educational efforts.

This position has a strong scientific orientation, operates at the assistant/associate professor level, and focuses on shaping ITC’s capabilities in the field by seeking synergies across departments and applications. You liaise with staff, support their work, and aim to solidify their expertise as institutional knowledge.

Coordinator 2:

Various of ITC’s scientific departments are already engaged in work that has big data science dimensions. Such work primarily has a research orientation, but big geodata and data science are also becoming established in our educational programs. Depending on application, purpose and audience data-intensive projects with large spatiotemporal data sets must make many choices, specifically in data preparation and analytical methods, in hardware/software platforms to use, and in the techniques to disseminate results. This diversity of choices is worthy of study itself. All these developments require vision, understanding of the state-of-the-art and trends in cloud computing, machine learning and orchestration of research and educational efforts.

This position has a technology orientation, as well as a clear client orientation, will operate at external collaboration coordinator level, and will focus on long-term partnerships in the field with recognized international organizations. You liaise with these partners, aim to understand their needs also to the technical level, and help shape ITC’s profile. The two coordinators will form a strong team with big geodata technology as their shared, common ground.

Your profile

Coordinator 1:

    • You hold a PhD degree in GIS, Remote Sensing or Computer Science, and can demonstrate a strong scientific computing background, preferably related to geospatial data.
    • You should have two years of practical or research experience (i.e., post-doc) since your PhD graduation, and should have experience with large-scale projects that are externally funded.
    • You can demonstrate at least two years of experience in academic education, preferably as curriculum or course developer.
    • You should be a competent user of open source software environments, relevant to large-scale geocomputing, including data mining, machine learning, large geospatial data storage technology, image processing, GIS, and general computing.
    • You have demonstrable experience in working with cloud computing platforms and solutions, and have overview of the current market in this.
    • You have understanding of (at least some) thematic fields covered by the faculty and have developed a vision of where computing in these fields will go in the next 10 years.
    • You have an aptitude for teaching, including lecturing and tutoring at an academic level.
    • You have an affinity with a multi-cultural, post-graduate education environment.
    • You have a willingness to undertake international travel to developing countries and a positive mindset to contribute to international projects.
    • You have an excellent command of English. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn Dutch, is an advantage. Command of a third language relevant to international development work is an asset.

Coordinator 2:

  • You hold an MSc (preferably even a PhD) degree in GIS, Remote Sensing or Computer Science, and can demonstrate substantial experience in academia or industry in scientific computing.
  • You should have two years of practical or research experience (i.e., post-doc) since your graduation, and should have experience with large-scale projects that are externally funded.
  • You can demonstrate at least two years of experience in academic education, preferably as curriculum or course developer.
  • You should be a competent user of open source software environments, relevant to large-scale geocomputing, including data mining, machine learning, large geospatial data storage technology, image processing, GIS, and general computing.
  • You have demonstrable experience in working with cloud computing platforms and solutions, and have overview of the current market in this.
  • You have understanding of (at least some) thematic fields covered by the faculty and have developed a vision of where computing in these fields will go in the next 10 years.
  • You have an aptitude for teaching, including lecturing and tutoring at an academic level.
  • You have an affinity with a multi-cultural, post-graduate education environment.
  • You have a willingness to undertake international travel to developing countries and a positive mindset to contribute to international projects.
  • You have an excellent command of English. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn Dutch, is an advantage. Command of a third language relevant to international development work is an asset.

Information and application

Additional information about both positions can be obtained from Dr. Ir. Rolf de By (e-mail: r.a.deby@utwente.nl), or Prof. Dr. Freek van der Meer (email: f.d.vandermeer@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 1 October 2019 (choose “apply now” below). Your application must include (i) an indication for which position(s) you apply (Coordinator 1 or Coordinator 2), (ii) a motivation letter clearly stating how you meet the selection criteria and also outlining your research and teaching interests and (iii) a detailed CV with references.

Our offer

We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment. You will be initially employed for two years. Extension of the employment after this period is a possibility.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 3.637,- and € 5.656,- depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Assistant Professor level 2 or 1; Coordinator 1).
  • Gross monthly salary between € 3.637,- and € 5.656,- depending on experience and qualifications (job profile External Collaboration Coordinator level 4 or 3; Coordinator 2).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.
  • A solid pension scheme
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.

Two Expertise Development Coordinators in Big Geospatial Data Science
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