Postdoc in Hyperspectral and Thermal Remote Sensing of Ecophysiological Traits from Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Department ofEnvironmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTUEnvironment) advertises a fully funded 1-year postdoctoral position inhyperspectral and thermal remote sensing of crops using Unmanned Aerial Systemswithin the project Agricultural Water Innovations in the Tropics, AgWit project (JPI-Water).

The project work willprimarily be carried out at the Section for  Air, Land and WaterResources section (ALW), located in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. The ALW section isfocused on research of global climate change, air pollution, hydrology, and interactionsof the terrestrial biosphere with the hydrological cycle and atmosphere.Special focus is on water resources, land surface fluxes and greenhouse gasexchange between the atmosphere and natural and anthropogenic systems. Advancedtechniques like tracer gas and eddy-covariance flux measurements, experimentalmanipulation of ecosystems, remote sensing, and modelling are used.

The project aimsto quantify water and carbon footprints of crops using hyperspectral,multispectral and thermal imagery from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), assessthe use of biochar and land use/cover changes and upscale the results toregional scale using satellite data.  Biophysical variables relatedwith plant physiology and hydraulic traits will be derived from UAS and incorporatedinto evapotranspiration and gross primary productivity models.

Responsibilitiesand tasks
The successful applicant will contribute to advancement ofsynergic uses of hyperspectral and thermal sensors for sensing ecophysiologicaltraits DTU Environment. The postdoc will access an existing set of ground andUAS hyperspectral, thermal and multispectral data already acquired overdifferent agro-ecohydrological observatories.

The postdoc will be responsible for:

    Implementingimage workflows: orthorectification, geometric, radiometric and atmosphericcorrections.Estimatebiophysical variables using indices, machine learning methods and RadiativeTransfer Models (RTM).Incorporatesuch information to improve existing gross primary productivity andevapotranspiration algorithms and validate with ground observations.Coordinationof research with other team members and participation in meetings.Publicationof scientific results in high level impact journals and presented atinternational conferences.

The postdoc will engage in aninternational team with scientists from DTU Environment, DTU Photonics and DTUSpace, and international institutions (University of British Columbia,Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia, Stockholm University and MaxPlanck-Jena). Scientific networking will be also facilitated through COSTactions SENSECO and HARMONIOUS.


Candidatesshould have a PhD degree or equivalent.


We are looking for acandidate who has: 

    Master’sdegree and PhD in Remote Sensing, Earth Sciences or Environmental Engineeringfrom a Danish institution or equivalent.Provenexperience working with hyperspectral remote sensing data and radiativetransfer models in vegetation.Provenexperience in field campaigns using Unmanned Aerial Systems and the necessaryworkflows for image processing.Ability ofhandling and processing large amounts of dataMathematicalmodelling skills and experience in PYHTON,  MATLAB, IDL or otherprogramming languages and GIS software (QGIS, ENVI, Arcmap)Proficiencyin written and spoken English.Flexibilityand self-motivation, interest in collaboration and personal responsibility foryour work.Provenexperience publishing in top-level journals in the field as first author.Knowledgeof thermal remote sensing, fluorescence and crop growth or land surface modelsare advantageous.Willingnessto travel and work in an international environment.

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for theexcellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Weoffer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. Westrive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegialrespect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salaryand terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with theDanish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreedupon with the relevant union.

 Youcan read more about career paths at DTU here.

The periodof employment for this post is 1 year. The candidate should be able to startJune 30th, 2019. The location is DTU Lyngby Campus.

Further information
Furtherinformation may be obtained from Head of Section, Professor Kim Pilegaard, or Associate Professor MonicaGarcia,

You can readmore about DTU Environment at

Application procedure

Pleasesubmit your online application no later than 20 May 2019 (22:00 local time).  

To apply, please openthe link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form. Thefollowing must be attached in English:

    Application (cover letter including your research vision for the post)CVDiploma (MSc/PhD)List of publications

Applications andenclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

Allinterested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race,religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU isa technical university providing internationally leading research, education,innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science andtechnology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, andour 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challengesof the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globallywith business, industry, government and public agencies.

Deadline: 20 May 2019
Unit: DTU Environment
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Monday May 20th, 2019