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[Met-jobs] PhD position: landslides, satellite observations, land surface modeling

From Gabrielle De Lannoy <gabrielle.delannoy@kuleuven.be>
To climlist@wku.edu, met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk
Date Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:36:31 +0100

PhD Position -- Global Landslide Monitoring through Satellite
Observations and Land Surface Modeling
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https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/#/vacatures/54480477

We are searching for an enthusiastic PhD student to improve the
probabilistic estimation of landslides using satellite information and
land surface modeling. The project is funded by the Research Foundation
- Flanders (FWO). The PhD research will be supervised by prof. Gabrielle
De Lannoy and prof. Jean Poesen at KU Leuven.

The project aims at using reports of landslide occurrences in the global
landslide catalog, along with satellite-based, model-based or data
assimilation information about water budget components to improve
probabilistic predictions of landslide occurrences. First, long-time
integrated, coarse-scale, summary statistics of soil moisture,
terrestrial water storage, precipitation and evapotranspiration will be
studied for their relative impact as landslide controlling variables on
the quality of global landslide susceptibility maps. Second,
time-variable, percentile values of these water budget components will
be used to enhance daily probabilistic predictions of landslide
occurrences. It will be verified to which extent satellite observations
about water budget components add useful information to land surface
model information for the estimation of global landslide occurrences.

Our team: http://ees.kuleuven.be/bwb/index.html

Responsibilities
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- Perform and disseminate highly qualitative research
- Follow doctoral school

Profile
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- Excellent motivation and grades
- Master in Geography, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Bio-Science 
Engineering, Meteorology,
Hydrology, Remotely Sensed Earth Observation, Physics, Mathematics,
Computer Sciences or equivalent
- Experience with data-processing applications such as Matlab/Python,
IDL, GrADS, R, or other
- Experience with programming and scientific computing
- Creative, critical, analytical and innovative mindset
- Ability to work independently
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

**Only students with grades above average can be admitted to the
doctoral school.**

Offer
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- Fully funded PhD scholarship for 4 years; support and training through
the Arenberg Doctoral School (https://set.kuleuven.be/phd)
- Multi-disciplinary and international professional environment
- Leuven is a charming historical university town, located in the heart
of Western Europe

Interested?
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Only persons matching the above profile should apply. Submit your
resume, along with a motivation letter, and two names for references
on-line. Please make sure to indicate your study grades in your resume.
The PhD research should start in January-February 2018, but the exact
date can be negotiated. For more information please contact prof. dr.
ir. Gabrielle De Lannoy, tel.: +32 16 37 67 13, mail:
gabrielle[dot]delannoy[at]kuleuven[dot]be or prof. dr. Jean Poesen, tel
+32 16 32 64 25, e-mail: jean[dot]poesen[at]kuleuven[dot]be.

Apply for this job no later than 8 January, 2017 via the online
application tool. This position will remain open until filled by an
excellent candidate:
http://www.kuleuven.be/eapplyingforjobs/light/54480477

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Prof. dr. ir. Gabrielle J. M. De Lannoy
KULeuven, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Division Soil and Water Management
Celestijnenlaan 200 E box 2411
B-3001 Heverlee
Belgium

Rm 02.225
Tel +32 16 37 67 13
http://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00102378
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