11 May 2012

Call for Experienced Researchers in Geoinformation



Ref. 3D-IEF-MCGRANT-20120505

The Institute of Geomatics (IG) is a non-profit public consortium of the autonomous Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Its mission is to promote and develop Geomatics, through applied research and education, for the general benefit of society. The IG constitutes a multidisciplinary team with strong backgrounds in cartography, geodesy, geography, mathematics, physics, electronic engineering, civil engineering and computer science. The IG has a strong track record of cooperation with other academic groups, with private companies and with public administration at international level, with partners in Europe and the Americas. The IG is located in Castelldefels (Spain), about 30 minutes from Barcelona City centre.

1    Call objective

The aim of this call is the pre-selection carried out by the Institute of Geomatics of experienced research candidates with potential to win an Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development (IEF), a Marie Curie individual action grant within the European People Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Therefore, candidates for a Research position with promising advanced scientific curriculum are encouraged to present their candidature. The creation of a Research position for the candidate within the IG will depend on the outcome of the open competitive IEF joint initiative and shall require a central contribution of the candidate during the proposal generation. The project shall be scientifically exigent and must promise a clear advance of the candidate’s career.

2    Candidate profile

The following requirements are minimum requirements of the call, expected to be rather competitive. Therefore, priority will be given to candidates with an outstanding track record and innovative research vision.

•     Academic degree:
-    A doctorate degree in Geomatics or related disciplines (PhD in computer science, engineering, geography, mathematics, etc.)
•     Requirements and expertise:
-    Proven track record as a researcher with clear relationship to the “Scientific background and terms of research references for candidates” described
-    Significant record of scientific publications is required and the candidate is supposed to have at least 4 publications in international and peer-reviewed journals.
•     Mobility:
-    Candidates can be of any nationality
-    Candidates must currently be based in any other EU Member States1  outside Spain or based in any EU Associated Country2
-    Active research candidates3 must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months within the 3 last years
•     Language skills:
-    The candidate is expected to communicate fluently and flawlessly in English

3    Scientific background and terms of research references for candidates

The candidate will have the opportunity to initiate and conduct research within the 3D Geo-Visualization and Modelling Unit, in the dynamic and challenging domain of visualization and mixed reality for geospatial applications. The research should align with at least one of the following terms of reference defined for the unit:
•    Assimilation and interpretation of geo-data into 3D models (including GIS, LIDAR and photogrammetric data)
•   Modelling, management and analysis of 3D geospatial and spatio-temporal data (e.g. 3D city models, environment models, urban simulation)
•  3D geo-visualization, novel 3D visualization techniques, 3D generalization and multi-scale representation, mixed and augmented reality visualization
•  Interaction techniques for geo-spatial data, e.g. tangible interaction, multi-touch interaction, mobile interaction

4    Marie Curie IEF Funding

The competitive Marie Curie IEF funds4  the advanced training of experienced researchers covering a personal career development programme. The proposal is designed jointly by the experienced researcher and the host institution and presented to the EU competitive programme. The Marie Curie IEF financial support is provided for a period of 12 to 24 months, covering a monthly living and mobility allowance (considering family obligations, social security and taxations) and training expenses (conferences, fees for journals, consumables, etc.).

5    Applications

For applying to this call, please email your application to alejandra. campos @ideg.es with reference 3D-IEF-MCGRANT-20120505 containing:

•    A detailed CV supported by documental evidence
•    A proposal introducing candidate’s research interests and goals (1 page)
•    Contact details of two referees

6    Selection procedure

•    Deadline for the presentation of applications: 31st May 2012
•    IG will review candidates that have presented the complete documentation and fulfil the indicated requirements and promising candidates will be shortlisted.
•    Only shortlisted candidates will receive communication not later than 13th June 2012.
•   A personal interview shall be conducted, either remotely or at the IG premises. IG might cover limited travel expenses or other cost related with the interview. In the interview, particular attention will be paid to the possible joint research project to be presented and to the candidate’s capability to carry out high level applied research.
•    A final decision on IG’s pre-selection of candidates shall be communicated not later than 27th June 2012.
•    European Commission deadline for the presentation of the resulting joint grant proposal is 16th August 2012.
•  Likely starting date may be from 1st January 2013 or later (to be confirmed, depending on joint grant proposal evaluation and outcome).

Questions regarding this call can be directed to alejandra.campos@ideg.es

Información complementaria de la oferta:
1 The European Union Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
2 The Associated countries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey.
3 For candidates on career restarts, please enquire for special conditions.
4 http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/people?callIdentifier=FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF

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