PhD student (f_m_x), Thermal Hyper Spectral Remote Sensing

PhD Position
Posted 2 years ago
  • Organization: Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
  • Location: Potsdam, Germany
  • Deadline: March 23, 2022

PhD student| PhD Position

Job description:The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,300 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth. As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities.For section 1.4 “Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics” (department “Geodesy”), we are looking for a:

Reference Number 5947

As part of the long-term strategy development toward synergistic use of multi-sensor remote sensing techniques, we are looking for a PhD student / research scientist (f_m_x) in the field of Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR) spectral range for soil applications in support of the implementation of the Observing System MOSES (Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems) in the research field “Earth and Environment” of the Helmholtz-Association. The PhD will focus on the development of methods in hyperspectral thermal remote sensing with the aim of an improved retrieval of terrestrial surface information related to e.g., the separation of temperature-emissivity signal, and advancements on soil parameter estimations covering multiple scales of observation (laboratory/in-situ/air- and spaceborne).

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop concepts for the development of new methods for an improved characterization of soil textural and chemical composition based on thermal hyperspectral remote sensing, and support of the characterisation of soil and vegetation responses to heat stress
  • Participation in laboratory, field, and airborne campaigns and operation of thermal spectrometers and hyperspectral cameras
  • Pre-processing and analyses of thermal hyperspectral imagery at ground / field / airborne scale
  • Development of standards and protocols from the data acquisition to the development of methodological procedures for retrieval of high-resolution temperature and emissivity, and retrieval of relevant thematic data for laboratory acquisitions, and application to remote sensing research
  • Presentation and publication of relevant results in conferences and peer-reviewed scientific journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in geography, geosciences, meteorology, geoinformatics, or neighboring science
  • Preferably with experience in the analyses of optical or thermal remote sensing data, including hyperspectral imagery
  • High affinity for innovative use of latest sensor technology, creative thinking
  • Programming skills desired (Matlab. R, IDL, python)
  • Experience in the organization and conduction of remote sensing field campaigns (field spectroscopy) desirable
  • Very good English and German skills, fluent in spoken and written form
  • Skill to contribute to a multi-disciplinary team with the appropriate communicative competence
  • High motivation and ability to work independently
  • Driving licence category B

Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed-term: 36 months
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 23th March 2022. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at [email protected], who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at [email protected].

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Prof. Sabine Chabrillat either via email at [email protected] or Dr. Robert Milewski via email at [email protected]. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.


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