Postdoc in Inland Water Modeling and Remote Sensing

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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 section Air, Land and Water Resources.


The Air, Land and Water Resources section (ALW) conducts research within aspects of global climate change, air pollution, hydrology, and interactions of the terrestrial biosphere with the hydrological cycle and atmosphere. Special focus is on water resources and greenhouse gas exchange between the atmosphere and natural and anthropogenic systems. Advanced techniques like tracer gas and eddy-covariance flux measurements, experimental manipulation of ecosystems, remote sensing, and modelling are used.


The postdoctoral research focuses on the development of satellite earth observation techniques for rivers and water resources systems. New data processing and model-data fusion techniques will be developed, supporting a range of new applications in water resources management, flood hazard management and drought risk assessment. The geographic focus of the work will be mainland China.

Responsibilities and tasks

The postdoctoral research will be carried out in collaboration with a number of academic, industrial and public sector partners in Denmark and China, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan University, DTU Space, DHI GRAS and DHI. Activities will be embedded into a larger research project funded by the Danida Fellowship Center.


The specific responsibilities and tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will include

  • Development of new remote sensing methods for inland water variables, including water surface elevation and surface water extent
  • Preparation and analysis of national-scale inland water datasets for China
  • Development of hydrologic/hydraulic simulation and forecasting systems
  • 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

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. The successful candidate will have expertise in hydrology and hydraulics, satellite remote sensing, practical experience with different types of sensors (radar altimetry, synthetic aperture radar, spectral images) and numerical modeling. The candidate will have experience with the DHI water resources simulation models, especially Mike Hydro River. Excellent programming skills including C# are required. Excellent written and oral Chinese language skills are important. Experience with field activities and practical water resources applications in China is an asset. Willingness to travel and work in an international environment is essential.

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 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 upon with the relevant union.

  • The period of employment is 2 years starting from March 1st, 2019
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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 18 February 2019 (local time).


To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • 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 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.