Postdoc Microwave Remote Sensing of Vegetation

Updated: 25 days ago
Deadline: 05 May 2024

A sub-daily radar mission to take the pulse of the Earth’s ecosystems?

Changes in sub-daily water content contain the fingerprint of vegetation health. They reveal how well the vegetation can respond to biotic and abiotic stress (e.g. changing temperature and vapor pressure deficit, water, fungi, insects, disease) and disturbances (e.g. fire, human activity) and how resilient it is to climate variability and extremes. This project is motivated by our ambition to develop a sub-daily satellite radar mission to observe vegetation functioning and health, and to improve our ability to predict how it will change due to climate change and human impact.

You will be part of a team of 2 PhD students and 2 Post-docs who will combine ground-based experimental data, satellite data, radiative transfer modeling, vegetation modeling and data science to:

  • Establish an international network of ground-based GNSS sensors to provide continuous microwave observations of vegetated ecosystems.
  • Improve fundamental understanding of microwave interactions with vegetation
  • Address the challenge of disentangling contributions from internal and surface water, geometry and other effects that can become increasingly relevant and inter-connected at sub-daily scales.
  • Inform, and contribute to the design of a sub-daily radar satellite mission
  • Develop modeling and retrieval techniques to capture sub-daily signature of vegetation health.
  • Translate insights gained to the exploitation of current radar satellite missions.

You will be supervised by Professor Susan Steele-Dunne, an expert in microwave remote sensing of vegetation. You will be part of the M-WAVE group at the Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TU Delft) and collaborate with academic and industry research partners from across Europe. In addition to an exciting research project and a friendly and stimulating work environment, there are generous funds available to support scientific travel.

We are looking for curiosity-driven Earth Observation enthusiasts with strong analytical and quantitative skills who enjoy computational data analysis, scientific discussion and collaboration. You must have a PhD degree in Earth sciences, physics, applied mathematics, engineering, remote sensing or a closely-related field. You must have demonstrated programming skills (preferably Python or Fortran) and experience in at least one of the topics mentioned above. 

You are expected to work independently as well as part of a diverse team, including international research partners. You will have the opportunity to contribute to education and supervise MSc. students. You are expected to communicate fluently in English (oral and written) and to present your results to the scientific community as peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international conferences and meetings. 

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: € 4.036 - € 5.090 per month gross, scale 10). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values  and we actively engage  to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource availability, urbanisation and clean water. Our research projects are conducted in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced of the importance of open science and supports its scientists in integrating open science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

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For more information about this vacancy, please contact Susan Steele-Dunne ([email protected] ).

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 5 May 2024 via the application button. Your application should include:

  • Motivation letter
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Complete list of grades/transcripts
  • Contact information for 2 references
  • List of Publications
  • Link to your PhD thesis if already available (or link to recent written report/paper)

Please note:

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
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