Research Associate - Copernicus Program
University of Leicester Department of Geography, Geology & Environment
United Kingdom

About the role

In this role you will undertake independent, original research within the Copernicus program. You will write up research findings for dissemination amongst the research team and the broader international community, whilst through the analysis of data looking at new themes in the area of research.


The European Commission Copernicus program provides reliable and up-to-date information on how our planet and its climate are changing to help decision makers, businesses and citizens to define environmental policies and take right actions. The Copernicus Land Service continuously monitors the status of land territories and generates accurate and cross-border harmonized geo-information at global to local scales. The Copernicus Land Service is in its Operational phase (2014-2020) and provides a series of bio-geophysical products describing the status and the evolution of the land surface at global scale. Burned Area is one such bio-geophysical product that the University of Leicester has been tasked to support operational production and evolve the product into improved versions that meet user requirements.


This project will support a 4th Evolution proposal. The first evolution proposal mainly focused on the continuity of 1km products through the replacement of SPOT-VGT by PROBA-V, the introduction of a new Product Distribution Platform and aligning the temporal frequency (10-days) of products to facilitate the analysis of multiple products by users. The second evolution proposal mainly focused on the preparation to introduce 300m products through exploiting the new capabilities of the PROBA-V sensor and a set of improvements on both the product and service level. The third evolution supported the development of a second version of the product that offers better accuracy. This fourth evolution will focus on replacing PROBA-V data with Sentinel-3 data

About you

With a PhD in a relevant subject, you will have experience of remote sensing and image analysis, particularly in the field of vegetation fire mapping. Alongside this, you will have experience with processing large data sets and Python programming and scripting.
Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Kevin Tansey on

We anticipate that interviews will take place on 10 May 2019

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.

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