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Position: PhD scholarship in earth observation for ice sheet surface mass balance
Institution: Technical University of Denmark
Location: Kongens Lyngby, Lyngby‐Taarbæk Municipality, Denmark
Duties: Develop methods to take full advantage of combining different satellite data sets to quantify ice sheet surface mass balance; Assess SMB model output from high resolution regional climate models; Publish the new findings in the international peer reviewed literature; Present your research at international conferences and participate in relevant project meetings; Communicate effectively with colleagues and be able to work as part of a team to achieve ambitious goals
Requirements: You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in maths, physics, geoscience or related subjects with a strong numerical content or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree
   
Text: Education Continuing Education Research Innovation Collaboration About DTU News $name Dansk Dansk English Search $name Dansk Dansk English Search Frontpage About DTU Job and career Vacant positions $name Back $name To job list PhD scholarship in earth observation for ice sheet surface mass balance DTU Space Friday 19 Aug 22 Apply for this job Apply no later than 1 October 2022 Apply for the job at DTU Space by completing the following form. Apply online If you are establishing your career as scientist and you are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your dreams and ambitions, it is right here in front of you with this PhD scholarship. We are seeking a motivated candidate to work with us and with national and international partners to understand the present state of the Greenland ice sheet. Currently, we are in a golden age of Earth Observation (EO) when it comes to the wealth of data available for monitoring the changing ice sheets. This PhD project will develop new methods to quantify ice sheet surface mass balance (SMB) from satellite data that are independent of climate models. The outcome of such an effort will be valuable as an independent method to better constrain ice sheet processes, but also as a key component to validate and improve SMB-modelling efforts that are necessary for making future sea level rise projections. An important element of this research is to investigate methods to best separate out the individual components (ice flow and surface melt and snowfall processes) of the total ice sheet mass budget. The project work will therefore include combining data records of ice sheet wide ice velocity and changes in ice sheet surface topography derived from satellite records. There is potential to develop these core ideas in a number of different directions and we would welcome candidates with past experience in e.g. machine learning methods, numerical ice sheet modelling and/or algorithm development who would like to apply these to the problem of ice sheet mass budget. This scholarship is anchored at the very centre of cryosphere research in Denmark as it is proposed as a collaboration between the National Centre for Climate Research (NCKF) at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), the Department of Glaciology and Climate at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), and the Department of Geodesy and Earth Observation (GEO) at DTU Space. Responsibilities and qualifications Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within observationally based surface mass balance studies. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with academic partners in Denmark as well as internationally. Your primary tasks will be to: Develop methods to take full advantage of combining different satellite data sets to quantify ice sheet surface mass balance Assess SMB model output from high resolution regional climate models Publish the new findings in the international peer reviewed literature Present your research at international conferences and participate in relevant project meetings Communicate effectively with colleagues and be able to work as part of a team to achieve ambitious goals Help with teaching and co-supervision of student projects Our preferred candidate has: Experience in working with large data sets and development of algorithms At least basic knowledge of satellite EO data and its use in polar regions Good expertise in programming, e.g. in Julia, Python, R, or other high-level programming languages You will work within a larger team and must therefore both thrive with team-based research as well as contributing to make a productive and pleasant research environment. You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in maths, physics, geoscience or related subjects with a strong numerical content or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Approval and Enrolment The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education . We offer DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. Salary and appointment terms Starting date is as soon as possible and t he appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. You can read more about career paths at DTU here . Further information Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Louise Sandberg Sørensen (slss@dtu.dk), Senior Scientist Sebastian B. Simonsen (ssim@dtu.dk). You can read more about t he department at www.space.dtu.dk/english/Research/Research-Divisions/Geodesy-and-Earth-Observation If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU - Moving to Denmark . Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “ PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar ” for all questions regarding the practical matters of movin g to Denmark and w orking as a Ph D at DTU. Application procedure Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 October 2022 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: A letter motivating the application (cover letter) Curriculum vitae Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale List of two references You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. A ll interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. DTU Space has about 200 employees, an annual turn-over of about 140 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. As the National Space Institute, DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education, and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space- & Astrophysics. Technology for people DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world. Address info $name
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