Research Assistant – GIS, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Queen’s University Belfast

Research Assistant – GIS

Ref: 21/108852

School of Natural and Built Environment

A Research Assistant Position is available for 18 months or until 31 December 2022 whichever is soonest, to develop a Northern Ireland-wide GIS based database for investigating the impact of the urban environment on cognitive health in older adults.

This exciting position will work on the SPACE (Supportive environments for Physical and social Activity, healthy ageing and CognitivE health) project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge. The programme of research is focused on investigating the impact of the urban environment on cognitive health in older adults in Northern Ireland. This post will be based in the School for Natural and Built environment linked to the Centre for GIS and Geomatics and will work with a cross disciplinary team of researchers working on the project from across the University.

You will assist the team by developing a linked environmental and health database. The role will involve collaboration with Ordnance survey agencies, public health and environmental agencies to collate geographic data related to relevant public health data and environmental surveillance. The aim is to develop and assist with the testing of a GIS based spatial risk threshold protocol to understand the impact of the urban environment on cognitive health.

Further information about the School/Centre/PI can be found at:

The successful candidate must have, and you should clearly demonstrate this in your CV/Cover letter:

  • A relevant primary degree (1st or 2:1 classification) related to the duties of the post such as geography, urban planning or related research area.
  • Demonstrable recent relevant experience and knowledge in Geographical Information Science (GIS) and the use of ESRI ArcGIS Pro and/or open source QGIS
  • Demonstrable relevant experience in the integration of large spatial databases.
  • Proven experience of working with public health data and environmental databases

Salary scale: £28,331 to £30,942 per annum

Closing date: Monday 21 June 2021

Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 6 July 2021

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply. For further information or assistance contact The Resourcing Team, People and Culture, Queen’s University Belfast, via email on

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