PhD scholarship in UAV-borne monitoring of stream ecology

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The Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Environment) advertises a fully funded 3-year PhD position in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-borne monitoring of stream ecology with start date January 1, 2018. The project aims to develop methods to assess ecological status of streams using thermal, hyperspectral and other data from sensors carried by lightweight unmanned airborne vehicles. The PhD study is a part of a larger collaborative project that involves academic institutions, industry and public-sector stakeholders.
Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will have a background in earth sciences/engineering, environmental engineering or remote sensing. The candidate will develop data collection and analysis methods to develop indicators of ecological status and biodiversity in rivers and streams. The candidate will have a key role in the development of field-scale showcase applications for UAV-based stream ecology monitoring in Denmark. Willingness to travel and work in an international environment is essential. The candidate will work in a team consisting of scientists from DTU Environment, DTU Space and several industry and public sector partners.
Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Peter Bauer-Gottwein, Assistant Professor Monica Garcia and Assistant Professor Ursula McKnight.
We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.
Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Bauer-Gottwein, +45 45 25 21 71,, Assistant Professor Monica García, +45 45 25 22 87, or Assistant Professor Ursula McKnight, +45 45 25 14 12,
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Please submit your online application no later than 20 October 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
DTU Environment is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe. DTU was recently ranked #7 worldwide in the Shanghai Rankings in Environmental Science & Engineering.
DTU Environment conducts research and development, and provides educational programs and service to society in the area of engineering of water in natural, urban and industrial contexts, processing and recovery of residual resources, environmental risk assessment and chemical risk reduction. The aim is to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and a new generation of engineers. The Department has approximately 185 staff from more than 30 nationalities. 
 DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.