Open PhD postion on Urban Forest Mapping

Open PhD postion on Urban Forest Mapping

October 15, 2021

PhD position on Earth Observation For Monitoring urban Forests

Monitoring status and changes of the earth is essential for a sustainable management of our limited natural resources. A special focus lies on urban areas, where a large portion of the global population lives.  

Using Earth Observation data from satellites and on-ground sensor systems in combination with open geodata as well as administrative data allows for a broad but heterogeneous geodata base for urban analysis. However, 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 open geodata as well as administrative data for characterizing urban landscapes with a special focus on the urban forest. Especially the potential of multi-sensor approaches as well as time-series analysis should be explored for analyzing our environment and its changes. Robust transferable methods for for assessing the status quo and the changes over time of the urban forest should be developed. Candidates are expected to pursue a PhD degree within this project.

Requirements:

We look for a candidate holding a M.Sc. degree with expertise in remote sensing, spatial statistics, 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.

Necessary is the ability to undertake independent field work 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 Remote Sensing Department of the Institute of Geography and Geology at the University of Würzburg in close collaboration with the German Remote Sensing Data Center of DLR. The position covers 3 years and is expected to start in 2022, with salary according to TVöD (60%).

Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email including a cover letter, CV and all necessary certificates to l-geofernerkundung@uni-wuerzburg.de before Oct. 31st 2021. The position is to be filled by spring 2022 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: Dr. Martin Wegmann, Department Manager l-geofernerkundung@uni-wuerzburg.de

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