PhD student position in Applications of space techniques for earth observations -2009, Sweden
Application deadline 18th Dec 2008
Our research is driven by the curiosity to learn more about the universe and our earth. Through studies of the history of the universe and by studying what is happening on the earth today we search for a greater understanding of the origin of the universe, the earth, and the life. In order to reach our goals we develop very sensitive instrumentation and methods for retrieval of information from measurements.
We search for a doctoral student to study applications of space techniques to global and regional earth observations. The focus will be in particular on geodetic space techniques such as Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) (e.g. GPS, GLONASS, and the future European system Galileo), and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR).
The measurements performed with these techniques result in parameters such as crustal motions, earth rotation parameters, and the atmospheric water vapour content. These parameters describe the global change on our dynamic planet on various temporal and spatial scales and are of major importance in geophysical and climate research. The techniques have different technique-specific advantages and strengths for global earth observations and are complementing each other in terms of the sensed parameter space, accuracy and resolution. To make use of these techniques in a best possible way with a holistic approach, the individual accuracy and stability needs to be investigated (and possibly improved), and strategies for a combination and integration have to be developed.
One focus of the project is the combination and integration of GNSS and InSAR data and analysis to study crustal deformation phenomena. Other subject areas are GNSS applications to monitor sea level changes and seismic events.
A suitable background is a Master of Science (Swedish: civilingenjör) in physics, electrical engineering, or an equivalent degree, including an experience and/or a strong interest in measurements and data analysis applied to the atmospheric sciences.
You will be employed as a doctoral student by Chalmers and will receive a salary according to current salary agreements. A maximum of 20% of your working time will be devoted to duties at the department, mainly teaching of undergraduate courses. The remaining time will be devoted to your own research education, where the aim is to complete your PhD examination within 5 years (nominal time without department duties is 4 years).
The application shall be written in English and include the following items:
1. An application of a maximum of one A4 page containing your specific qualifications for the position
2. Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. Letters of recommendation and name of reference persons (optional)
The application shall be sent electronically as pdf or zipped documents. Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.
If any material is not available electronically or cannot be transferred to pdf format, the material can be sent as a hard copy to Registrar. The applicants name and the reference number (2008/259) must be written on the first page of the application.
Chalmers University of Technology
SE-412 96 Göteborg
For additional information please contact Rüdiger Haas
Tel: 46 - 31 772 5530
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org at the Department of Radio and Space Science.
* SACO: Jan Lindér
* ST: Marie Wenander
* SEKO: Ralf Berndtsson
All reachable via Chalmers exchange: +46 31 772 10 00
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