Minimize Research in novel approaches for ground validation of remotely sensed soil moisture

Date added: 19 May 2017

Organisation: TU Wien

Closing date for applications: 29 May 2017

Location: Vienna, Austria

The Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing research group of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation of TU Wien is currently looking to recruit a motivated researcher in novel approaches for ground validation of remotely sensed soil moisture.

Do you enjoy working in a scientific environment at the interface of remote sensing and climate research? Are you looking forward to collaborating with colleagues across wide national and international networks? Do you want to work with researchers towards excellent solutions to the technical problems that scientific work poses? You don't mind getting your hands dirty during a field campaign? If the answers to these questions is yes, then this job is for you.

The new Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing group develops long-term remote sensing and in-situ datasets of soil moisture and vegetation and uses them to address urgent climate and environmental issues. They work closely together with the Microwave Remote Sensing group, one of the world leading groups in the retrieval of soil moisture and land surface characteristics from active microwave remote sensing. Together they employ about 40 staff members currently working on approximately 15 projects supported by various national, European and international programs, grants and funding sources.

To support the research work of the team, the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation are looking for a skilled M.Sc. or Ph.D. candidate in remote sensing and ground-based soil moisture monitoring with a background or interest in geospatial sciences. The selected candidate will support the work of the International Soil Moisture Network, the world's largest databank of ground-based soil moisture data, and develop new methodologies to use low-cost sensors and citizen science approaches for satellite validation.

Skills and Requirements

  • Bachelor or Master degree in geodesy, geoinformation sciences, environmental sciences, physical geography, information sciences, or similar
  • Ambition to perform scientific research and pursue a PhD dissertation
  • Profound knowledge in programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, C++)
  • Experience in database design and programming (SQL)
  • Interest in sensor technology
  • Willingness to perform fieldwork (data collection of soil moisture, vegetation, etc.)
  • Good written and spoken communication skills in English

Read more about the position and how to apply.

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