Postdoc in UAV-borne monitoring of rivers and streams

DTU Miljø
torsdag 05 okt 17

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The Department of Environmental Engineering (DTU Environment) at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Postdoc within the Water Resources Engineering section.

The section covers management, protection and remediation of freshwater in natural settings (rivers, lakes) and groundwater in shallow and deep aquifers. We develop new measurement techniques for water resources and hydrological processes, using satellite remote sensing, unmanned airborne vehicle surveys, and near-surface geophysics. Data are used to inform models, forecasting tools and decision support systems.
The postdoctoral research focuses on the development of sensing techniques for rivers and streams deployed from unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs). New data acquisition, data processing and model-data fusion techniques will be developed, supporting a range of new applications in water resources management, flood hazard management and contaminant risk assessment.
Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoctoral research will be carried out in collaboration with a number of academic, industrial and public sector partners, including DTU Space, Orbicon and DHI. Activities will be embedded into a larger research project funded by Innovation Fund Denmark.

The specific responsibilities and tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will include

  • Development of new sensing methods for hydraulic and environmental variables
  • Integration of sensors into UAV payload packages
  • Planning and execution of UAV flight campaigns
  • Data processing and interpretation
  • Data-model fusion and integration into decision support systems
  • Project management and coordination of project partners
  • Contribution to teaching and student project supervision at DTU Environment
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Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

The successful candidate will have expertise in hydrology and hydraulics, practical experience with different types of sensors (radar, sonar, thermal, spectral) and payload integration. Experience with flying lightweight unmanned platforms is a requirement. Willingness to travel and work in an international environment is essential. Documented successful teaching experience is important.
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 terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years starting from December 1, 2017
Further information
Further information may be obtained from Peter Bauer-Gottwein, +45 4525 2171.
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Application procedure
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:
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications 
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, 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.