PhD Scholarship in Synthetic Aperture Radar Tops-mode Interferometry for Ice Velocity Retrieval

Technical University of Denmark is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in remote sensing. The deadline to apply is July 17, 2019.

The division of Microwaves and Remote Sensing at DTU Space, Technical University of Denmark, pioneered the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) interferometry for cryospheric applications in the early 1990's, as part of DTU's Electromagnetic Institute - EMI.We have since then maintained a high level of involvement in these research fields through the development of an operational interferometric SAR processing software under several European Space Agency (ESA) contracts, and the collaboration with foremost national and international research groups within the Danish national PROMICE programme and the ESA Greenland and the Antarctica Ice-Sheet Climate Change Initiative (CCI) projects.

The EU/ESA Sentinel-1 SAR missions are generating an unprecedented data archive for polar applications, making it possible to systematically generate Ice Velocity (IV) maps for both Greenland and Antarctica. However, such data is not currently been exploited to its full potential in terms of retrieval accuracy and spatial resolution, since only amplitude-based data processing techniques are used. This is due to known challenges in carrying out phase-based measurements on non-stationary surfaces such as ice sheets with Sentinel-1's main acquisition mode over land, namely the Terrain Observation with Progressive Scans (TOPS) mode.

The candidate's main tasks will be: Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their 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.

DTU Space has about 160 employees, an annual turn-over of about 150 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other departments 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-& Astro-physics. DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.


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