PhD scholarship in Multi-temporal Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry

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Frist 19. oktober 2021
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The division of Microwaves and Remote Sensing at DTU Space, Technical University of Denmark, pioneered the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) interferometry in the early 1990’s, as part of DTU’s Electromagnetic Institute – EMI. We have since then maintained a high level of involvement in this research field through the development of an operational interferometric SAR processing software under several European Space Agency (ESA) contracts, and the collaboration with foremost national and international research groups in the field.

The EU/ESA Sentinel-1 SAR missions are generating an unprecedented data archive, making it possible to use multi-temporal InSAR methods tailored towards Persistent or Distributed scatterers to monitor small ground deformations related to a variety of geophysical phenomena. This in turn can provide crucial information for example for building and maintenance of infrastructure. However, there can often be conditions related to data availability, data quality, surface properties, as well as the properties of the sought deformation, which can make the accuracy of multi-temporal InSAR measurements highly dependent on the choices and experience of the operator responsible for the data processing. For the operational use of multi-temporal InSAR methods it is of utmost importance to be able to provide a realistic error characterization and to use processing strategies which are well-conditioned with respect to the choice of processing parameters.  

Responsibilities and qualifications
The candidate’s main tasks will be:

  • To design and develop a simulation-based approach, to test the performance of multi-temporal InSAR methods;
  • To define quality parameters and procedures suitable to characterize “poorly conditioned” processing scenarios, where the choice of different processing parameters for example, can lead to significantly different output results;
  • To contribute to the international research community in this field, by presenting relevant results at international conferences and workshops and by publishing in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. 

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in electrical engineering or Earth and space physics and engineering, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

Assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor John Peter Merryman Boncori

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Salary and appointment terms
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 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor John Peter Merryman Boncori, tel.: +45 4525 3755, e-mail:

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Please submit your online application no later than 19 October 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out 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)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your 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 Space has about 160 employees, an annual turn-over of about 150 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. As the National Space Institute, DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space-& Astro-physics.

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