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PhD Position -- Impact of vegetation changes on soil moisture over the Dry Chaco - Belgium  

KU Leuven (company)


Posted on : 10 April 2017

Project Description

  • The PhD position is for 4 years. First, static climatological vegetation parameters will be updated in an ensemble of state-of-the-art land surface models grouped within a Land Information System (LIS), using satellite-based dynamic vegetation information. 
  • Next, the impact on simulated soil moisture will be studied, using a variety of satellite-based soil moisture products.
  • We are searching for an enthusiastic researcher with a keen interest in remote sensing and land surface processes and eager to work in an international setting. 
  • You will be part of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at our university and the Earth and Life Institute.

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

  • Fully funded PhD scholarship for 4 years; support and training 
  • Multi-disciplinary and international professional environment