UK: Research Assistant in Department of Environment at University of Leeds

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Duration: Fixed Term for 12 months.

Includes occasional weekend work to attend national or international conferences.

Description: The Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP) research cluster have been awarded a 12 month research contract via the Higher Education Innovation Fund to help develop our embryonic relationship with Telefonica, the world’s largest mobile phone business, which includes, in the UK, O2. Telefonica collect data on the location of each of their mobile phone devices on a regular frequency and therefore can assemble a portrait on a daily, weekly and monthly basis of their customers’ geographical activity. The School has secured an agreement for Telefonica to provide a sample of this data to explore the possibilities of using this unique resource for geographical research for the social good. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with the ‘Big Data’ challenge.You will be involved in the development of new algorithms and techniques and you will work alongside third party users from business and government organisations as well as academia.

Eligibility: You will have a Masters qualification in Geography, Computer Science or a related discipline and have skills and experience in the analysis of spatial data and in the manipulation of spatial data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). You will have the ability to write high quality research papers and documents and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Some programming expertise in Java, C, or a similar language would be advantageous.

More information: Further information about the School is available using the following web link.

Salary: University Grade 6 (£24,766 – £29,541 p.a.)

Informal enquiries: may be made to Professor Martin Clarke, tel +44 (0)113 343 33356, email

Closing Date: 6 August 2013

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