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[Met-jobs] 2 PhD positions at the University of Zurich (Switzerland)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:17:17 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Two PhD positions on remote sensing are available at the Remote Sensing
Laboratories at the Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich
(Switzerland) as follows:

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Open PhD position: Remote sensing of land cover / land use change for
soil monitoring (iMSoil-2013-01)

Within the Swiss National Research Programme NRP 68 (Sustainable Use of
Soil as a Resource), we are looking to fill a PhD position within the
approved project ‘Integrated modelling framework to monitor and predict
trends of agricultural management and their impact on soil functions at
multiple scales’ (iMSoil). The aim of iMSoil is to develop and implement
an integrated modeling framework as an extended soil monitoring tool for
soil nutrients and pollutants in Switzerland. This enables detection and
prediction of trends in land use change, agricultural management and
their impact on soil functions at multiple scales.

We therefore invite applications for a PhD position in the area of
remote sensing of land-cover / land-use change for soil monitoring.

The remote sensing component of the project quantifies land-cover and
land-use change in Switzerland. It uses combined and integrated
approaches based on spatial, temporal and spectral observations to
physically assess quantitative changes of relevant soils. The results
will be used in an integrated modelling framework to improve the spatial
and temporal accuracy of model predictions for nutrients and pollutant
cycling in Swiss agro-ecosystems and soils.

The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and working for both,
the University of Zurich (UZH – <http://www.geo.uzh.ch/rsl>) and Agroscope
Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station (ART –
<http://www.agroscope.admin.ch>). Supervision will be through Michael
Schaepman, Rogier de Jong (UZH) and Armin Keller (ART).

Upon start, applicants must have a completed masters degree in
(Environmental) Physics, Environmental Science, Soil Science, or
Geography, preferably with a certain degree of specialization in remote
sensing of land cover change or using physically based remote sensing
approaches. Applicants must be able to pursue data-oriented
computational research as well as experimental approaches and fieldwork
to validate model predictions. Good numerical skills and literacy in
programming is an asset. A good standard of written and spoken English
is required. The position may start as of May 1, 2013 (or as soon as
possible thereafter) and is limited to 3+1 years. Salaries correspond to
the Swiss National Science Foundation regulations of PhD salaries.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent
person with a passion for quantitative science to join our team. We
offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich,
and an excellent supporting environment.

Please send your application (including position reference
‘iMSoil-2013-01’) as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete
CV, and names of 2 references) to <Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch>, no later than
March 25, 2013. For further questions, please contact
<Michael.Schaepman@geo.uzh.ch>.

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Open PhD position: Proximal and remote sensing for soil property mapping
(PMSoil-2013-02)

Within the Swiss National Research Programme NRP 68 (Sustainable Use of
Soil as a Resource) a PhD position within the approved project
‘Predictive mapping of soil properties for the evaluation of soil
functions at regional scale’ (PMSoil) is available. The aim of PMSoil is
to create large-scale soil-property maps for three pilot study regions
(areas 102–103 km2), to develop a validated system of pedotransfer
functions for Swiss soils, and to apply them in the study regions to
address stakeholders’ issues. This requires, that we also develop
procedures and protocols for harmonizing legacy soil data.

We therefore invite applications for a PhD position in the area of
proximal and remote sensing for soil-property mapping.

The remote-sensing component of the project is threefold. First,
acquisition and processing of proximal and air- and space-borne data
within the pilot study areas using solar reflective imaging spectroscopy
and gamma ray spectroscopy is envisaged. Second, spatially
non-contiguous soil property maps are derived – as well as vegetated
land cover, biochemical and biophysical variables. Geostatistical
approaches will be used in combination with different observational
approaches to produce ‘gap-free’ soil property maps. Field work will be
required to validate those maps. Last, upscaling approaches will be used
to scale sparse, but high spatial resolution data to the typical process
length scales of soil properties changes using medium-resolution
satellite time series.

The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and working for at
University of Zurich (UZH – <http://www.geo.uzh.ch/rsl>). Supervision will
be through Michael Schaepman, Rogier de Jong (UZH) and Andreas Papritz
(ETH).

Upon start, applicants must have a completed masters degree in
(Environmental) Physics, Environmental Science, Soil Science,
Geostatistics or Geography, preferably with a certain degree of
specialization in remote sensing of soils or using technologies such as
gamma or imaging spectroscopy. Applicants must be able to pursue
data-oriented computational research as well as experimental approaches
and fieldwork. Good numerical skills and literacy in programming is an
asset. A good standard of written and spoken English is required. The
position may start as of June 1, 2013 (or as soon as possible
thereafter) and is limited to 3+1 years. Salaries correspond to the
Swiss National Science Foundation regulations of PhD salaries.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent
person with a passion for quantitative science to join our team. We
offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich,
and an excellent supporting environment.

Please send your application (including position reference
‘PMSoil-2013-02’) as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete
CV, and names of 2 references) to Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch, no later than
March 25, 2013. For further questions, please contact
<Michael.Schaepman@geo.uzh.ch>.




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