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 understanding ecological urban environment properties owing to their significant impact on large and increasing portions of the global population.

Earth Observation data from satellites and on-ground sensor systems in combination with social-media data allows for a broad, heterogeneous geodata base for innovative urban-environment analysis, such as to investigate the interactions of humans and the built and natural environments in our cities. However, combining these data requires the development of robust methods, which are applicable across cities.

This project ought to investigate the usefulness of linking multi-sensor remote sensing data with in-situ environmental measurement devices to characterise urban-environment landscapes with a particular focus on environmental perception and livelihood. In-situ measurement devices will be developed to describe small scale environmental properties (e.g., heat, humidity, pollution). Combined with multi-sensor remote sensing approaches as well as social media analysis to investigate human perceptions, changes in the environment and its relevance for human livelihood and biodiversity will be explored.

Candidates are expected to pursue a PhD degree within this project.


We are seeking a highly motivated 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 as well as within an interdisciplinary team of collaborators is essential. A strong interest in applying interdisciplinary approaches and to bridge gaps between Earth Observation, in-situ data collection and development of devices is required.

The ability to develop devices and to communicate and collaborate with different stakeholders is highly desirable. Further, proficiency in the English language, and the capability to write research reports and peer-reviewed publications are 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 early 2023, with salary according to TVöD (65%).

Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email including a cover letter, CV and all necessary certificates to before Feb. 1st 2023. 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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