Postdoc in Remote sensing of Land surface Fluxes in Natural and Agricultural Systems

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The Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Environment) advertises a fully funded 2-year postdoctoral position in remote sensing of land surface fluxes.

The project aims to provide indicators of eco-hydrological resilience to drought in tropical (Costa Rica and Brazil) and Mediterranean (Iberian Peninsula) dryland regions. The project will use Data Driven models for evapotranspiration and water use efficiency from satellite and gridded datasets, improve such models by assimilating novel spectral information, and validate them at selected eddy covariance flux sites. Process-based models will be also applied to create fingerprints for different scenarios of extreme rainfall and temperature events and to interpret Data Driven models at selected hotspots. Finally, resilience indicators will be developed based on analysis of time series.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for producing and analysing maps of surface energy fluxes (e.g. evapotranspiration, carbon, net radiation) over the study regions using data driven models from satellite and/or UAS and for validating the models using eddy covariance data.
  • The candidate will improve the data driven models using information from radiative transfer models in the atmosphere, leaves and canopies and combining information from different sensors (hyperspectral, thermal, multispectral).
  • The candidate will work in an international team with scientists from DTU, other international universities and companies (DHI-Grass, TSK and SumAqua).
  • The candidate will be responsible to coordinate tasks with the rest of the team members, perform field campaigns and participate in meetings.
  • The results will be published in high level impact journals and international conferences.
Willingness to travel and work in an international environment and team are essential for the position.

Candidates should have both a master's degree and PhD in remote sensing and Earth Sciences from a Danish institution or equivalent.
  • The successful candidate should have a background in Remote sensing and Engineering, Environmental modelling or Earth Sciences
  • She/he should have proven experience in field campaigns at flux sites, surface energy balance modelling and strong computational expertise.
  • The candidate should have proven experience with atmospheric, leaf and canopy radiative transfer models and with hyperspectral, multispectral and thermal datasets.
  • The candidate should have experience in field campaigns for validation and soil and canopy characterization at flux sites.
  • Proven knowledge of GIS and remote sensing software (QGIS, ArcGIS, ENVI) and programming languages (Python, IDL, Matlab and R)
  • Knowledge of hydrological or land surface prognostic models (e.g. MIKE-SHE, LPJ-GUESS) would be a plus.
The candidate should have proven experience publishing in top-level journals in the field.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

Workplace and period of employment:
The period of employment is 2 years (with the possibility of an extension under special circumstances). The candidate should be able to start by November 1, 2017.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Section, professor Poul L. Bjerg, or Assistant Professor Monica Garcia,

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Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 25 August 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 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 190 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 10,600 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.