Expressions of Interest are invited for a
Research Professor in Satellite Remote Sensing
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National University of Ireland Galway
Research Professor in Satellite Remote Sensing
Application Procedure
Applicant CV Template
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The National University of Ireland Galway, in partnership with Science Foundation
Ireland, is currently offering Research Professorships to build capacity and enable
growth in targeted areas of strategic importance to NUI Galway and of scientific and
economic importance. The Professorship appointment is dependent on success
within the SFI Targeted Professorship Programme which provides for up to €5M in
direct costs over a 5 year period.
NUI Galway invites Expressions of Interest from world-class researchers to assume a
leadership position as a Research Professor in the area of Earth Observation with
specific expertise and experience in satellite remote sensing. The successful
candidate will lead the integration of EO resources and capabilities and will work
closely with the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway. If you believe that you can inspire and
build excellence with impact in a well-resourced research environment, NUI Galway
would like to hear from you.
Candidate Profile
Successful candidates will be outstanding researchers in academia or industry, and
recognised as one of the world-leaders in their discipline, with a demonstrated
capacity for strategic and dynamic leadership on an international stage. Applicants
will be expected to:
Have senior authorship of a considerable volume of papers that have made a
significant impact in their field (i.e. are highly cited with impact).
Be a recipient of significant international awards and fellowships.
Be an invited plenary speaker at top-tier international conferences.
Have a successful track record in securing significant independent funding
from competitive sources and/or through private investment.
Applicants from industry should demonstrate equivalent measures of esteem (e.g.
serving on corporate boards, receipt of industry awards or fellowships). A successful
track record in technology transfer, commercialisation and academic-industrial
collaborations, where appropriate, is also highly desirable.
Further information
Contact: Professor Colin Brown, Director, Ryan Institute, National University of
Ireland Galway [email protected]
To find out more about research at NUI Galway see
To find out more about the SFI Research Professorship programme see
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Information on the University's Strategic Plan is available at:
Funding Available
In addition to an attractive remuneration package; funding of up to €5M will be
provided to successful candidates for a five-year programme of work through the SFI
Targeted Research Professorship Programme.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (GMT) on Thursday, 23rd
October 2014. It will not be possible to consider applications received after the
closing date.
Police vetting may apply.
Expression of Interest
An initial expression of interest should include a detailed cover letter outlining
experience and suitability for the role and the completed Applicant CV Template
(apply by sending your expression of interest to [email protected],
see page 7 below for the full details of the application procedure).
National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.
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NUI Galway, with a budget of €213m, is one of Ireland’s longest-established
educational institutions. Located in the culturally vibrant city of Galway in the west of
Ireland and with a staff in excess of 2,500, NUI Galway is an employer of choice in
the region. It has a student population of over 17,000 students from over 100
countries. The University has a well-established reputation for teaching and research
excellence, as well as a significant record of achievement in technology transfer and
The University is actively engaged in strategic collaboration with other educational
institutions, regionally, nationally and internationally. Recent years have seen a
major growth in interdisciplinary research, including industry partnerships in key
areas, and the campus has been transformed dramatically through a €300m Capital
Development Plan that provides state-of-the-art research and teaching infrastructure.
Today NUI Galway ranks among the top 2% of universities world-wide and research
income represents 26% of total University income.
The Research Professor will have a specific focus in Satellite Remote Sensing
especially in satellite remote sensing of the marine environment. S/he is an iconic
internationally-recognised research leader with the ability to combine the leadership
and strategic capabilities that are necessary to secure Ireland’s assets and resources
associated with Earth Observation in the coastal zone and offshore. As NUI Galway
is located in the city of Galway on the Atlantic coast, it is well positioned to lead the
diffusion of commercial export-led downstream products and services from Earth
Observation data to industry and government agencies. The Research Professor will
drive this development.
The successful candidate will complement on-going research activity in NUI Galway
and will join a critical mass of marine researchers that comprises 24 academic staff
and their associated research teams and technical staff that specialise in marinerelated research. These groups are engaged in collaborations with international
colleagues across the EU and beyond. It is expected that this appointment will
significantly enhance the research capacity of NUI Galway and the Research
Professor will direct the consolidation of existing critical mass to lead the
development of a national cohesive integrated Earth Observation research centre
that will foster innovation in this strategic area. The appointment represents an
exciting and rewarding opportunity for the ideal candidate. S/he will enhance
Ireland’s reputation as a centre of excellence for Earth Observation research and in
so doing will further his/her career goals and contribute significantly to research and
innovation that yields both economic and societal impact. Strengthening Ireland’s
Earth Observation data and services will position us to be more competitive across
several instruments and societal challenges in the Horizon2020 programme.
The successful applicant and his/her research team will be accommodated in the
Ryan Institute which drives all marine, environmental and energy research in NUI
Galway. The Ryan Institute hosts the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies
which runs the off-campus Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station. The Mace
Head station was designated by the World Meteorological Organisation in 1994 as
one of the most important Global Atmosphere Watch stations in the Northern
hemisphere. The successful candidate will have full access to this and other
specialist off-campus infrastructure which includes ground-based remote sensing
atmospheric profilers and four high frequency radar systems capable of continuous
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monitoring of coastal surface currents and waves. These facilities will provide the
successful candidate with the essential platform for effective coastal, marine and
atmospheric observation. NUI Galway is host to Ireland’s Centre for High-End
Computing. This provides high-performance computing resources, support and
education to researchers, and the expertise of its staff, all of which will be fully
available to support the research activities of the Research Professor.
The Ryan Institute is home to almost 300 researchers across science, engineering,
medical and health-science, and social science disciplines. Staff affiliated with the
Ryan Institute offer four postgraduate Masters degrees in the marine, environmental
and energy space. The Research Professor will provide leadership in innovative
international pedagogical programmes associated with Earth Observation, and will
establish citizen-science initiatives and public policy stakeholder engagement.
The national Marine Institute, the Irish government agency responsible for marine
research, technology development and innovation, is located within 15 km of the
University. Galway is Ireland’s third largest city with a population of ~ 100,000. It is
the perfect ‘college town’ where students account for ~20% of the population during
term. The city is a high tech hub and is the European base for some of the world’s
leading ICT multinationals, including SAP, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems and EA
Games. It is widely regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland and its hinterland,
including Connemara, the Burren and the Aran Islands, is a major draw for visitors.
Galway has good transport links to Ireland’s main airports.
Successful applicants will be appointed to a full-time permanent Chair at NUI Galway
and will be provided with a competitive start-up package that includes PhD
studentships and support for set-up/equipment costs. In addition and through the
SFI Targeted Research Professorship Programme, successful applicants will be
provided with research funding of up to €5 million in direct costs over a 5 year period
and up to €30,000 in recruitment costs
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To express your interest please submit the following documents:
a. A detailed cover letter outlining your experience and suitability for the
role of Research Professor in Satellite Remote Sensing.
b. The completed Applicant CV Template (see page 8 & 9). This should
clearly show your relevant achievements and experience in your
career to date including an outline of education, training, and
qualifications (including year of PhD) and professional experience; a
list of selected publications, patents and previous funding; and other
relevant details.
Your submission should be sent to [email protected] no later than
17:00 (GMT) on 23rd October 2014. Please ensure that you include the words
‘Research Professor in Satellite Remote Sensing’ in the subject line.
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Section 1 (max. 2 pages) + Section 2 (max. 3 pages)
SECTION 1 – Required Details (up to 2 pages maximum)
CAREER PROFILE (Education and Employment)
Please include numbers of current and completed MSc and PhD students, directly
under your supervision, as well as details of previous and current post-doctoral staff.
collaborations, invention disclosures, patents, spin-outs)
Please distinguish between patents applied and under review versus patents granted
Please include details of key achievements including measures of esteem, invited
presentations, principal scientific activities and responsibilities, as well as a statement
demonstrating the applicant’s accomplishments as an independent PI.
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SECTION 2 – Publication Listing (up to 3 pages maximum)
FULL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS (or up to maximum space allowed)
Please fill in the table including the total number of publications and categorize that
number according to the additional categories below.
Senior Author Publications
Reviews Book
*Conference Other
*classified into peer reviewed conference papers and edited conference proceedings where
appropriate as per discipline
Please highlight below with an asterisk each of your senior author publications
Please underline the name of the applicant on each publication listed.
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