PhD student or Postdoc position in Satellite retrievals of precipitation

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The Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, has now an open position funded by the Swedish National Space Agency. The aim of the project is to improve satellite-based measurements of precipitation by applying machine learning techniques. The project is part of our contribution to the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, an international collaboration lead by NASA. The position will be placed at the division of Microwave and optical remote sensing (MOF).

Information about the project
Accurate data on precipitation is vital for climate monitoring, weather forecasting and other societal services. Ground-based rain gauges and precipitation radars are operated, but cover relatively small parts of the planet and satellites are needed to measure precipitation on global scales. This project focuses on retrieving precipitation from passive satellite instruments (mainly microwave ones), as they give the broadest coverage. The more direct detection of rain by radars is used to crete training and reference datasets.

The retrievals will be performed by machine learning, particularly in the form of quantile regression neural networks (QRNN). An initial study has shown a great potential of this approach and the primary task is to extend the application of QRNN inside the framework of GPM. Special attention will be given to perform inversions of image character, to make use of spatial information. If time permits, either geostationary infrared data or upcoming European microwave missions (MWI and AWS) could also be considered.

Position summary
Either a PhD student or postdoc position will be formed, depending on the candidate selected. The PhD position is limited to a maximum of five and the postdoc is limited to two years. In both cases, the position is on a full-time, temporary employment basis.

Major responsibilities
As PhD student, your main responsibility is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. A PhD student position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level and/or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

As a postdoc, you are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing.

Qualifications
You shall have a background in meteorology or climate sciences, or at least a broad and proven knowledge in physics. Programming skills (e.g. Python) and data handling are important merits. Experience of machine learning or inversion methods is preferable but is not mandatory.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. 

Special requirements for PhD student candidates
Your master degree should generally not be older than three years. As a PhD student you are expected to be teaching assistant in courses on bachelor level and knowledge of Swedish will be treated as additional strength.

Special requirements for post doc candidates
Your PhD degree should generally not be older than three years. Experience of direct relevance for the project is required.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20200020 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below.

For PhD student position
CV:
 (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

For Post-Doc
CV:
 (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications.
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 16 February, 2020

For questions, please contact:
Patrick Eriksson, MOF
E-mail: [email protected]

Information about the department
The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.

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