Senior Researcher - Citizen Science

Earthwatch Europe

£36,000 - £38,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01865318818

Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 6th November 2019  


Earthwatch is recruiting for an experienced citizen-science researcher to lead on Earthwatch contribution in several European research and innovation projects, including MONOCLE and EU-Citizen.Science.

 As Senior Citizen-Science Researcher, you will work in the Innovation team to advance the science and practice of citizen science. You will explore and respond to societal trends and needs (of governments, industries and citizens) related to environmental monitoring and management and you will collaborate with a wide network of partners to create tools and approaches that address these needs.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who combines a passion and deep understanding of citizen-science with a background in environmental science and technology and excellent research and leadership skills.

Earthwatch is an international environmental organisation. Our mission is to engage people in scientific field-research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. We do this by creating knowledge and inspiring action through hands-on science and environmental engagement. We address big environmental challenges by working together with governments, individuals, communities and organisations. We aim to create a global community that values and nurtures a sustainable planet.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK; Earthwatch is unable to support visa applications.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Role purpose:

To contribute to citizen-science innovation and increased environmental impact globally. To lead Earthwatch’s contribution and delivery in several European research projects. To increase the impact of Earthwatch’s research and to pursue new funding opportunities.

Key deliverables:

  • To lead delivery in several research and innovation projects (mostly EU funded), being responsible for deliverables and reporting to the European Commission and other funding bodies.
  • To contribute to making global citizen science innovate and improve environmental impact, for example by increasing the profile of citizen science among environmental policy makers.
  • To contribute to income generation, through grant writing and corporate-oriented fundraising.
  • To deliver key project deliverables, particularly related to implementation and dissemination, such as engagement-strategy documents for demo cases, that include tailored, high-level recommendations on which stakeholders (both public and private sectors) to approach and how to do so and facilitating end-user workshops.
  • To support sustainability analysis to increase the effectiveness of citizen-science research projects.
  • To undertake, with other researchers, monitoring, impact and evaluation exercises related to citizen-science projects.
  • To identify and organise promotion opportunities at international events to showcase project outputs.
  • To identify and support the development of new opportunities for Earthwatch arising through citizen-science programmes in Europe.
  • To deliver innovation projects on time and within budget in close collaboration with internal programme, science, engagement and communication teams and external project partners.
  • To review current methods and tools and conduct horizon scans to identify and improve participative monitoring approaches, piloting and testing new ideas.
  • To innovate and improve Earthwatch’s existing methods and approaches, sharing learning across the organisation to support innovation in all our programmes.
  • To contribute to wider organisational priorities as required.

The above list of job deliverables is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope of the post.


Person specification:

  • Suitably qualified scientist (PhD or equivalent experience) with relevant research expertise within the environmental, natural and/or social sciences.
  • Track record in conducting independent research within international research consortia with specific expertise related to impact, exploitation and dissemination.
  • A passion for citizen science, and good understanding of current developments in the field.
  • Proven leadership skills (evidence will be requested prior to the interview), experience in successfully leading work packages in European projects highly desirable.
  • Track record in grant writing and fundraising.
  • An excellent track record in relationship management.
  • A strong communicator, used to speaking to a wide range of academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Flexible, self-motivated and goal-oriented with office and team working experience – particularly in virtual teams across the globe
  • Spoken fluency in English required; fluency in other European languages desirable
  • Proficient written English at academic level with a track-record of impactful, peer-reviewed scientific publications (evidence will be requested prior to the interview)
  • Line-management experience is highly desirable
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Earthwatch

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