PhD/Post-doc position on remote sensing of glaciers at TU Delft

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PhD/Post-doc position on remote sensing of glaciers at TU Delft

Bert Wouters

Dear Cryolisters,

We are looking for a PhD candidate or post-doctoral researcher with interest and expertise in remote sensing of the cryosphere to join our group at the Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing (Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences - TU Delft).

Mountain glaciers outside of Greenland and Antarctica have been the largest land-based contributors to sea level rise in the last century and will continue to play an important role in the coming decades. Within this NWO-funded VIDI project, we aim to provide a robust, comprehensive and global overview of the current state of the Earth's mountain glaciers and ice caps by systematically integrating a suite of novel satellite missions and regional climate models

The successful candidate will work on observations from satellite altimetry missions (CryoSat-2, ICESat-1/2), complemented with digital elevation models, glacier flow velocities observations, regional climate models and in-situ observations to generate monthly time series of volume and mass change at scales ranging from (sub)regional to individual glaciers.

The initial phase of the project will be devoted to improving the quality of swath-processed CryoSat-2 data, by reducing phase ambiguities and the impact of radar wave penetration in the firn pack. Additionally, a processing scheme will be set up to retrieve glacier elevation changes from observations made by the recently launched ICESat-2. In the final stage, these two data sets will be combined in a statistical framework, informed by the complementary data sets, to produce high-resolution time series.

This project will be carried out in close collaboration with the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (Utrecht University). We aim to start the project on 1 Nov 2019, or earlier, and run for 3 (postdoc) or 4 years (PhD).

Your application should include detailed CV, the abstract of your MSc/PhD thesis, two references, and a letter of motivation in a single PDF file. Closing date for applications is 1st October.


MSc in Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Geodesy, Signal Processing, or similar field;

Affinity with remote sensing and/or climate modelling of polar regions;

Strong programming skills (Fortran, Python or similar);

Experience with statistical/mathematical software environments such as R or Matlab;

Ability to work independently, to critically assess own results and to cooperate within a wider research team;

Good reporting and presentation skills;

Excellent level of written and spoken English.  

The official announcement will appear soon on Until then, feel free to contact for more information.

Kind regards, 

Bert Wouters

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