PhD Position DTU Technical University of Denmark

DTU PhD Position in Mapping and Modeling Water Level and Discharge in Arctic rivers using Remote Sensing Data, Mar 2022


The Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a Ph.D. Position in development of new methods to integrate remote sensing data with hydrodynamic and hydrological modeling to estimate e.g. discharge in Arctic rivers, the DTU Space, Denmark – Mar 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

DTU Space

Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

We expect the candidate to have:

  • Experience with satellite altimetry
  • Experience with hydrodynamic modeling
  • Good expertise in programming, e.g. in R,  Python and/or other high-level programming languages.

The candidate is expected to achieve knowledge regarding remote sensing and hydrology. The candidate will work in close cooperation with key researchers at DTU Space and DTU Environment and is expected to be contribute to on-going ESA and EU projects.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) 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.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by  Senior scientist Karina Nielsen, Professor Peter Bauer-Gottwein, and Senior Scientist Louise Sandberg Sørensen

Responsibilities/Job Description

Arctic rivers are an important part of the hydrologic cycle in the sense that they transport freshwater to the Arctic Ocean, which affects the marine ecosystem and the global climate. Hence, being able to monitor and map change in the water level and flow rate both in time and space is essential to detect and understand the ongoing changes in the climate.


The major objective of this PhD. projects is to develop new methods to map and model the temporal and spatial variation in water level and river discharge from remote sensing data and and to investigate the climatic drives causing the potential changes. The analysis may range from detailed local studies to studies of a more regional scaled character. The project will take advantage of the large amount of satellite data within the resent decades including both satellite altimetry data and imagery. When available this project will further exploit the high resolution American/French SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) mission expected to be launch in November 2022.

At DTU Space the candidate can take advantage of the vast experience and collaboration with leading international research groups in the field of satellite altimetry for hydrological research.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Develop methods to take full advantage of remote sensing data.
  • 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
  • Teach and co-supervise BSc and MSc student projects
  • Stay up to 6 month at an external research institution

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 23 March 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 including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

About the Department

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- & Astro-physics.

The Institute has about 180 employees, an annual turnover of about 160 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences.

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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

The 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.

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Contact details

May be obtained from Karina Nielsen, phone : +45 4525 9764,

You can read more about DTU Space at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at

DTU – Moving to Denmark.

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