PhD student position in satellite radar for measurements of polar sea ice


Information about the division
Curiosity is the driving force behind the research at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and our goal is to find new knowledge about space, our Earth and our future energy supply. Through observations of the universe as well as Earth, we make predictions about the future and promote sustainable development. To reach our goals, we develop highly sensitive measuring instruments and observational methods, as well as advanced algorithms for data analysis and theoretical models.

The department has roughly 110 employees, divided into seven research groups and one administrative group. We are situated at campus Johanneberg and Onsala Space Observatory.

The radar remote sensing group investigates new techniques and models for Earth observation based on radar systems. The main research theme is space- and airborne synthetic aperture radar for Earth observation and algorithms for parameter retrieval.

Sea ice cover large areas in the polar regions and influence ocean circulation, climate, ecosystems and human activities also outside these regions. Due to the action of winds, currents and temperature fluctuations, sea ice is very dynamic. A wide variety of ice types exist with different thickness and different surface and volume properties. The best way to monitor the sea ice in these remote and inaccessible areas is to use satellites with radar or passive microwave sensors, but improvements of methods and algorithms are required to increase accuracy and resolution.

The PhD student will perform research with the aim to determine sea ice variables using satellite radar. The main focus of the research will be on development and validation of algorithms for estimation of sea ice thickness, sea ice drift and sea ice concentration. The research will be based on satellite data from radar altimeters and synthetic aperture radar complemented by information from numerical models and from spaceborne radiometers and spectrometers. The PhD student should also participate in collection of validation data, which could include field work on the sea ice.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing.

The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate or graduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years (assuming 80% research activity and 20% department work).

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Physics, Engineering Physics, Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent.

You should have programming skills in, e.g., Matlab.The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English and preferably also in Swedish. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers will offer Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The application should be marked with Ref 20140169 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically via Chalmers webpage.

Application deadline: June 8, 2014

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor, Leif Eriksson, Radar Remote Sensing Group, Department of Earth and Space Sciences,, Tel. +46-31-7724856
Professor Lars Ulander, Chalmers & FOI, mobile +46-709-277152

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Built Environment, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


  • Arbetsplats: Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB Göteborg
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  • Publicerat: 8 maj 2014


412 96 Göteborg 41296 Göteborg


Chalmersplatsen 4
Göteborg, 41296

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