Job opportunity for Postdoctoral researcher, TU Wien

The Remote Sensing Research Group at the Department of Geodesy of the Vienna University of Technology invites applications for a


Postdoctoral researcher in Earth Observation of Water and Vegetation


The candidate will work within the EO-WAVE project (, which aims at improving our understanding of the role of soil moisture in driving global vegetation and carbon cycle dynamics. The project will use novel long-term remote sensing datasets of the water cycle, land, atmosphere, climate, and vegetation to 1) assess the impacts of climate change on the global water cycle and 2) quantify the effects of changes in the global water cycle, in particular changes in drought occurrence and severity, on vegetation and carbon sequestration. This new knowledge will be used to benchmark and improve ecohydrological processes in state-of-the-art Dynamic Global Vegetation and Earth System Models in cooperation with international land surface modelling groups.


  • PhD degree in remote sensing, climate sciences, environmental sciences, meteorology, physics, statistics, informatics, (eco-)hydrology, physical geography or similar, with a focus on land surface processes.
  • Experience in remote sensing
  • Track record of publications in high-quality, peer-reviewed international journals
  • Good programming skills (e.g. in Python, Matlab, C++)
  • Good written and spoken communication skills in English
  • Land Surface Modelling experience is an asset
  • Willingness to pay extended research visits to international partner institutes

What we offer:

The position is limited to 3 years; expected beginning is 1 October 2015. Weekly working hours: 40. The salary is based on the Austrian regulations for university staff. The monthly minimum for 40 hours per week is 3.546,00 Euro (before taxes, 14 times a year). The Remote Sensing Research Group is one of the world-leading groups in microwave remote sensing of the Earth surface. We offer a pleasant, amicable, and flexible working atmosphere and an excellent IT infrastructure, including high-end desktop PCs, a central file system and code repository, and direct access to supercomputing facilities. Our institute is located in the heart of Vienna, one of the world’s most liveable cities. A wide range of cultural and leisure activities (e.g. hiking, climbing, skiing, cycling) are just around the corner.

How to apply:

Send your application with all information included (motivation letter, CV, list of publications) in one single PDF file to Dr. Wouter Dorigo at Wouter.dorigo (at) The deadline for application is 15 June 2015.

For further information, contact Dr. Wouter Dorigo at Wouter.dorigo (at)

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