Researcher in ground validation of remotely sensed soil moisture, TU Wien, Austria

The research group Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation of TU Wien ( is currently looking to recruit a motivated

Researcher in novel approaches for ground validation of remotely sensed soil moisture (m/f)

You enjoy working in a scientific environment at the interface of remote sensing and climate re-search? You are looking forward to collaborating with colleagues across wide national and international networks? You want to work with researchers towards excellent solutions to the technical problems that scientific work poses? You don’t mind getting your hands dirty during a field campaign? If the answers to these questions are yes, then this job is made for you.

The new Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing group develops long-term remote sensing and in-situ datasets of soil moisture and vegetation and uses them to address urgent climate and environmental issues. We work closely together with the Microwave Remote Sensing group (, one of the world leading groups in the retrieval of soil moisture and land surface characteristics from active microwave remote sensing. Together we employ about 40 staff members currently working on approximately 15 projects supported by various national, European and international programs, grants and funding sources.

To support the research work of our team, we are looking for a skilled M.Sc. or Ph.D. candidate in remote sensing and ground-based soil moisture monitoring with a background or interest in geospatial sciences. The selected candidate will support the work of the International Soil Moisture Network, the world’s largest databank of ground-based soil moisture data, and develop new methodologies to use low-cost sensors and citizen science approaches for satellite validation.

Skills and Requirements

  • Bachelor or Master degree in geodesy, geoinformation sciences, environmental sciences, physical geography, information sciences, or similar
  • Ambition to perform scientific research and pursue a PhD dissertation
  • Profound knowledge in programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, C++)
  • Experience in database design and programming (SQL)
  • Interest in sensor technology
  • Willingness to perform fieldwork (data collection of soil moisture, vegetation, etc.)
  • Good written and spoken communication skills in English

We offer

  • The opportunity to work in an innovative, motivated and successful team
  • Possibility to enroll in the PhD program of TU Wien
  • Flexible working hours
  • Workplace close to city center of Vienna, metro and main train station
  • A stimulating and friendly working environment at the department

The position is limited to 2 years with the option of extension and will be in an extent of approximately 30 hours per week, depending on the candidate’s degree and ambition. Details will be defined before signature of the contract.

The salary for this position is based on the Austrian regulations for university staff. The monthly minimum gross salary is € 1956,00 (BSc level) or € 2.731,00 (MSc level) based on full-time employment and is paid 14 times per year.

If this job opportunity fits your ambition we are looking forward to receiving your application (cover letter, CV, relevant references and publications) in English and as one single PDF file via e-mail to rs-sek (at) Candidate selection will start on 29 May 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. TU Wien will not refund any cost occurring in the course of an application.

For further information, please contact Prof. Wouter Dorigo at wouter.dorigo (at) or Dipl. -Ing. Angelika Xaver at angelika.xaver (at)

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