Vacancy: Junior Geo-Information Researcher – ITC

ITC is the University of Twente’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. An Internationally recognized leading research entity in geospatial sciences, with an emphasis on geo-information science and earth observation. ITC focuses on fundamental and problem-solving research, with an eye to those complex global challenges where spatial information can make a real difference.

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In this position you will be working on two NWO-funded projects aimed at improving the way geo- information products support societal applications. In particular, you improve spatio-temporal models using GIS programming skills and set up and perform various usability tests at the usability lab of the ITC faculty.

The first project deals with the creation of an integrated geospatial infrastructure to make dynamic daily forecasts models of natural events. Tick models will be used to illustrate this project because they are a serious public health problem in the Netherlands. Our tick models predict tick bite risk (based on over 60,000 tick bite reports) and tick activity (based on 10 years of volunteered observations). We need you to help to operationalize these models and to create usable forecasts for the general public!

The second project concentrates on the creation of a vario-scale map and enhancing user interaction. In this project you will compare gradual with non-gradual scale transitions in web-based maps, and find out the preferred one by map users who are both interested in getting an overview of a region and in looking at details.
Both projects will require working with mixed methods approaches at the ITC’s usability lab, which is equipped with various hard- and software for collecting and analyzing user data, centred around eye tracking.

Job description
We are looking for a young graduate in the field of geo-information sciences. Together with Wageningen University, HAS University of Applied Sciences and Delft University of Technology, you will improve and develop models and techniques to better communicate geo-information products to the general public.

You will have the opportunity to apply and further develop your skills in:

  • Scientific programming
  • Working with user and usability and human subjects research.
  • Setting up and managing research experiments and collecting and analysing research data
  • Writing of scientific and technical reports

Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree in the field of geo-information / geographical sciences. – Good programming skills (Python)
  • Affinity with use, user and usability research in geo-information science
  • Ability to work in multi-task team situation;
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills quickly;
  • Very good English language skills (Knowledge of Dutch might be advantageous but it is not strictly necessary).

Duration & starting date
We offer a 12-month contract for 4 days a week.
Our preferred starting date is the 1st of October 2019.

How to apply?
Send a CV and a short motivation letter to Prof. dr. Raul Zurita-Milla (r.zurita-milla@utwente.nl)

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