Researcher in remote sensing for snow hydrology

Uppsala University

Uppsala, Sweden 🇸🇪

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The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is Sweden´s largest and most versatile department of its kind with approximately 250 employees. Our activities are interdisciplinary and combine natural science and technology with social science. We have research programs in air, water and landscape science (LUVAL); geophysics; natural resources and sustainable development; (NRHU); petrology, mineralogy and tectonics (MPT); paleobiology, and wind energy. By investigating the history of Earth, we understand how our planet has developed over time and how sustainable development benefits from this knowledge.

The Programme for Air, Water, and Landscape Science (LUVAL) encompasses education and research in meteorology, hydrology, environmental analysis, and physical geography. For more information about LUVAL, please visit:

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The primary objective of this position is to better quantify the seasonal snow water storage in mountain regions through the use of spaceborne microwave remote sensing observations (both active and passive) in combination with UAV measurements and ground observations.

The main research tasks include:

  • Develop improved algorithms for estimating snow parameters.
  • Generate improved snow products based on developed algorithms.
  • Support the development of a snow service visualization portal.
  • Participate in field work.
  • Publish research paper(s).


  • PhD in Geoinformatics, Physical Geography or related disciplines with a remote sensing focus.
  • Good scientific programming skills in handling big data (e.g. Python/IDL, Google Earth Engine).
  • Knowledge in machine learning and snow hydrology.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English, and a track record of publications in relevant fields.
  • You should be highly motivated, have good ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and contribute to the development of the project.

Additional qualifications

Knowledge in active and passive microwave remote sensing is wanted. Experiences in data integration from different remote sensing platforms and development of remote sensing information products are highly desired. Experiences in remote sensing of cryosphere, UAV measurements and photogrammetry are considered as merits.

Application must include a personal letter describing your relevant experience, research interests, and motivation to apply for the position (maximum 2 pages), a CV (including a list of your full publications and the contact information or letters from at least two referees), copies of diplomas.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position, 12 months. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 01-03-2023 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Jie Zhang, or Veijo Pohjola,

Please submit your application by 20 January 2023, UFV-PA 2022/4599.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University’s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Earth Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/4599

Last application date: 2023-01-20





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