Current positions

2 PhD positions (20-30 hours/week)

  • (up to) 75% employment 20-30 hours/week
  • Starting date: as soon as possible, but no later than Sept 2020

We are recruiting two highly motivated early-stage researchers with excellent in experience in applied geoinformatics (GI) and Earth observation (EO) in the domain of humanitarian action and/or disaster management to join the OBIA lab at the Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS, www.zgis.at) of the University of Salzburg. Both PhDs will be embedded in close ties to the (geo-)humanitarian team within Z_GIS,  which is a joint initiative between the long-lasting partnership between Z_GIS and the renown humanitarian aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Each position will be initially for 24 months, with a possibility for extension to up to three years and a longer-term perspective in case of project success.

Project RA-1

  • The research of this PhD position will focus on hybrid (i.e. knowledge-based and machine-learning) information extraction from remotely sensed images and will be part of a larger collaboration with academic and non-academic partners.
  • The successful candidate will play a key role as part of an interdisciplinary scientific effort utilizing latest-stage EO*GI technology and tools to support the wide field of humanitarian action to better cope with forced migration, population displacement, human rights violation, protracted crises, etc. . The primary goal for this PhD is to develop and test innovative strategies for automated methods of information extraction from multi-source image data.

Responsibilities

  • Work package co-lead and task planning
  • Data acquisition and analysis
  • Documentation and presentation at group internal and external meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Joint publications

Minimum requirements 

  • MSc degree in Geoinformatics, Geography or similar or MSc degree in Computer Science / Data Science with curricular courses in Geoinformatics and/or a strong focus on remote sensing
  • Practical experience in research project settings
  • Excellent command of the English language and demonstrated scientific writing skills
  • Excellent organisational skills

Desirable additional qualifications 

  • Experience in spatial data science, in particular deep learning, especially CNNs
  • Strong knowledge in image processing (mainly optical, but not exclusively)
  • Demonstrated programming skills for implementing relevant methods and techniques in Python or similar

Project RA-3

  • The research of this PhD position will focus on online (i.e. cloud) processing and automation of geodata integration and assimilation workflows and will be part of a larger collaboration with academic and non-academic partners.
  • The successful candidate will play a key role as part of an interdisciplinary scientific effort utilizing latest-stage EO*GI technology and tools to support the wide field of humanitarian action to better cope with forced migration, population displacement, human rights violation, protracted crises, etc. . The primary goal for this PhD is to develop a toolset for online data integration and analysis, adhering to the principles of open standards, reproducibility and validity.

Responsibilities

  • Work package co-lead and task planning
  • Data integration and analysis
  • Documentation and presentation at group internal and external meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Joint publications

Minimum requirements

  • MSc degree in Geoinformatics, Geography or similar or MSc degree in Computer Science / Data Science with curricular courses in Geoinformatics and/or a strong focus on remote sensing
  • Practical experience in research project settings
  • Excellent command of the English language and demonstrated scientific writing skills
  • Excellent organisational skills

Desirable additional qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in web processing, OGC specifications
  • Programming skills and experience with e.g. Jupyiter notebooks are an asset

We specifically welcome applicants who are passionate to work in an interdisciplinary team towards a common goal; are reliable, organised and target-oriented; have the desire and curiosity to acquire new knowledge; think creatively and critically; have a high level of intrinsic motivation.

Salary

(depending on education and previous work experience and on the basis of 40 hrs)
Range: 30,000 – 35,000 € p.a. gross salary

Applications

Applicants should submit an application including motivation letter, an indication of the aspired position (RA #1 or RA #3), CV incl. list of publications, documentation of your highest obtained degree, and referee contact(s), to the attention of: stefan.lang@sbc.ac.at.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.