2 Positions as Expertise Development Coordinator in Big Geospatial Data Science

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About the organisation

The ITC Faculty of the University of Twente 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 futureproof, 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

Your challenge

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.

Your profile

  • 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

Your challenge

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

    • 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 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.

    The 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 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

    Information and application

    Additional information about both positions can be obtained from Dr. Ir. Rolf de By, or Prof. Dr. Freek van der Meer. You are also invited to visit our homepage.

    Please submit your application before 1 September 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.

    Selection committee

    • Freek van der Meer
    • Raul Zurita-Milla
    • Rolf de By
    • Claudio Persello
    • Lyande Eelderink
    • Caroline Gevaert
    • + one HR representative