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Geospatial data scientist/lecturer (fulltime)

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The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) 

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science (GIS) and earth observation. We use remote sensing and GIS for collecting spatial data. Our aim is to contribute to the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies. As part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, we ensure that everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people and society through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We also seek to sustain and expand our role as a leader in academic social entrepreneurship.

As an employer, the ITC Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.   



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Geospatial data scientist/lecturer (fulltime)

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We live in an exciting era where (digital) technologies are rapidly impacting our way of living and working. From a Geo-Information perspective, we now have access to massive amounts of data at unprecedented spatial, temporal, and thematic scales. Hence, for most applications, data availability is becoming less of an issue. However, the development of methodological approaches that can transform these massive and heterogeneous datasets into actionable geoinformation remains a challenge.

You will contribute to research and educational activities in the broad domain of geospatial data science. More precisely, the tasks to be carried out include (but are not limited to):

  • Help to carry out and valorize scientific research. This includes the design, implementation and dissemination of free and open-source solutions for geospatial data handling
  • Support project acquisition and execution related to geospatial information technology
  • Teach in our scientific geocomputing, spatio-temporal modelling, and big geodata processing courses
  • Support the creation of geospatial courseware for in-house and distance education
  • Contribute to the supervision of MSc students (assignments and MSc research)

You should expand GIP capacities significantly in at least one of the following technical areas: programming and geospatial analysis, data-driven modelling, distributed and cloud computing, big geodata, volunteered geographic information, and geoweb services.


You have an MSc or a PhD in Geoinformatics or a closely related field and several years of experience with geospatial research and/or education. You are creative, open to new ideas, have a keen interest in geospatial sciences and understand and support ITC's mission.

You like working in an international setting and have good inter-personal and communication skills. Further, you have general ICT knowledge including demonstrable experience with Python, R, or other programming languages as well as knowledge of code versioning, and documentation.

You also have demonstrable advanced knowledge and skills in at least two of the following domains, and an interest in acquiring at least basic proficiency in the remaining ones: 

  • Advanced spatio-temporal analytics and modelling (e.g., machine/deep learning, agent-based modeling)
  • Distributed processing environments (e.g., Python Dask, Azure/AWS)
  • Data integration/heterogeneous data analysis and curation (e.g., PostGIS, IoT)
  • Geoweb services and OGC standards (e.g., MapServer, Geoserver, SWE)


We offer

We offer an inspiring international environment. You will be initially employed for two years. Extension of the employment after this period is a possibility. 

  • Gross monthly salary between € 2,790.00 and € 4,402.00 depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Researcher 4).
  • A holiday allowance of 8 % of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %
  • 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 regarding the position can be obtained from Prof. dr. R. Zurita Milla (e-mail: r.zurita-milla@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 27 June 2021 (choose “apply now” below). Your application should include (i) a motivation letter and (ii) a detailed Curriculum Vitae.

About the department

The Department of Geo-Information Processing (GIP) is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary scientific team, specializing in methods and techniques for processing (acquiring, organizing, analyzing) spatio-temporal data and information, and in building tools (models, algorithms, visualizations) that improve our understanding of dynamic spatial systems and help in decision-making at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

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Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

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Minimum level of education required

5. University education