PhD student position - Thermal remote sensing of the cryosphere

University of Zurich
January 24, 2023
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Department of Geography

PhD student position - Thermal remote sensing of the cryosphere

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The Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich (UZH) is an established research unit with a strong focus on all aspects of remote sensing. The Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing Lab (TIRLab) at RSL performs fundamental and solution-oriented research focusing on the challenges and limitations of thermal infrared remote sensing. The accurate retrieval of land surface temperature and associated Earth System relevant variables is tackled by a multi-scale instrumentation and modelling approach.

Your responsibilities

The prospective PhD project aims to investigate the potential of thermal infrared remote sensing for the cryosphere. The cryosphere is changing at unprecedented rate and calls for holistic and innovative monitoring strategies to make sound prediction of future dynamics, occurrence and linked processes. This project aims to assess the spatio-temporal variability of surface temperature and linked energy fluxes over cryosphere components (snow, glaciers, permafrost) in complex, alpine topography, and prepare for the product retrieval of upcoming thermal missions (Trishna, SBG, LSTM). Specific tasks include the creation of a multi-scale dataset using intensive instrumentation, as well as across-scale post-processing and analysis of the obtained data.

Your profile

You have completed a Master's degree in either physics, environmental science/engineering, remote sensing, quantitative geography, computer science or a closely related science field. You enjoy field work in mountainous terrain and have good knowledge in data analysis using scripting languages (preferably python). Experience or interest in technical characteristics of sensors and instruments is an asset. Teamwork and active participation with a large, international consortia are expected. A high standard of written and spoken English is mandatory.

What we offer

We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent support environment. UZH's Remote Sensing Laboratories are internationally renowned and have expertise in various remote sensing domains such as spectroscopy, thermal infrared remote sensing, radar and LiDAR, and apply this technology in various application fields and across all Earth' spheres.

Place of work

Universität Zürich Campus Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Candidate selection will begin end of January 2023. Preferred starting date in Zurich is March 2023 or upon agreement. The duration of your employment will initially be one year and may be extended to a maximum of four years, subject to successful evaluation. The salary corresponds to Swiss National Science Foundation regulations for PhD candidates.

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