open PhD position on urban environment analysis

open PhD position on urban environment analysis

November 7, 2022

PhD position on Earth Observation of Urban Environment

Monitoring status and changes of the earth is essential for a sustainable management of our limited natural resources. A special focus lies on ecological urban environment properties, that have a significant impact on large portions of the global population.

Using Earth Observation data from satellites and on-ground sensor systems in combination with social-media data allows for a broad but heterogeneous geodata base for urban-environment analysis. These data are crucial for analyzing the interactions of humans and the built and natural environments in our cities. This requires the development of robust methods, which are applicable across cities.

This project ought to investigate the usefulness of multi-sensor remote sensing data in combination with in-situ environmental measurement devices for characterizing urban-environment landscapes with a special focus on environment perception and livelihood. Especially the development of in-situ measurement devices to describe small scale environmental properties (e.g. heat, humidity, pollution) and the combination with multi-sensor remote sensing approaches as well as human perception via social media analysis should be explored for analyzing our changing environment and its relevance for human livelihood and biodiversity. Methods (arduino/raspberry -pi etc.) for assessing small scale changes over time of the urban environment and linking it to multi-scale environmental data should be developed and discussed within socio-ecological approaches. Candidates are expected to pursue a PhD degree within this project.


We look for a candidate holding a M.Sc. degree with expertise in remote sensing or spatial data, and handling of various sources of data. A sound knowledge in remote sensing software, geographic information systems (GIS) and programming (e. g., Python, R) is required. The ability to work independently, organizational skills, high motivation and the willingness to work within an interdisciplinary team of collaborators are essential. A strong interest to bridge gaps between Earth Observation, in-situ data collection and development of devices as well as interdisciplinary approaches is required.

Necessary is the ability to develop devices and to communicate and collaborate with different stakeholders. Proficiency in the English language, communication skills, and the capability to write research reports and peer-reviewed publications are further required.

Working environment: We offer a stimulating research environment within an interdisciplinary, dynamic research team at the Earth Observation Research Hub, Institute of Geography at the University of Würzburg in close collaboration with the German Remote Sensing Data Center of DLR. The position is financed for a duration of 3 years and should start in 2023, with salary according to TVöD (50%).

Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email including a cover letter, CV and all necessary certificates to before Dec. 1st 2022. The position is to be filled as soon as possible and offered for a fixed term of 3 years.

The University of Würzburg is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers, and particularly encourages them to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with the same qualifications. Inquiries or questions should be directed to:

Contact: Earth Observation Research Hub, Prof. Dr. Hannes Taubenböck

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