PostDoc position for remote sensing of glaciers and ice sheets available at AWI Bremerhaven

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PostDoc position for remote sensing of glaciers and ice sheets available at AWI Bremerhaven

Niklas Neckel

Dear colleagues,

the section Glaciology at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven invites applications for a 


for remote sensing of glaciers and ice sheets. The glaciology group at AWI uses radar remote sensing techniques to investigate changes in the dynamics and mass balance of ice sheets. Surface structures over ice sheets are changing due to snow deposition and melting processes, as well as the dynamics of the upper layers. Using polarimetric decomposition surface properties change over seasons could potentially be detected.


  • Adapt polarimetric concepts for the analysis of X, C and L-band high resolution radar remote sensing data over Greenland to understand ice sheet structures
  • Developing a process chain for polarimetric decomposition of Sentinel1 and TerraSAR-X scenes
  • Analysing data in quadpol and dualpol over specific sites of the Greenland ice sheet with distinct characteristics


  • MSc in Electrical Engineering or Geophysics and PhD in radar remote sensing, preferably with applications to ice sheets or glaciers
  • Background in scattering of radar waves in natural material, as well as a strong mathematical background (e.g. numerical matrix operations)
  • Experience PolSARPro, Gamma, Matlab

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Humbert (, Tel.: +49 (0)471-4831-1834).

The position is limited to three years the employment starts as soon as possible. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund) up to salary group 14, based on qualifications and transferred tasks. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure.

AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages women to apply. Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (letter of motivation, CV, resume, certificates, two academic credentials and activity reports) by September 14th 2017 referencing code 134/D/Geo to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to:

Best regards,


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