Postdoctoral fellow (Department of Environment) via EURAXESS

Ghent University

Ghent, Belgium 🇧🇪

Job Information

Organisation/Company: Ghent University

Research Field: Environmental science » Earth science, Technology » Environmental technology, Agricultural sciences » Other, Environmental science » Other, Geography » Other, Agricultural sciences » Soil science

Researcher Profile: Recognised Researcher (R2)

Country: Belgium

Application Deadline: 15/03/2023 – 23:59 (UTC)

Type of Contract: Temporary

Job Status: Full-time

Hours Per Week: 38

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?: Not funded by an EU programme

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?: No

Offer Description

Last application date Mar 15, 2023 00:00

Department LA20 – Department of Environment

Contract Limited duration

Degree PhD

Occupancy rate 100%

Vacancy type Research staff

Job description

Research team: Hydro-Climate Extremes Lab (H-CEL) | Ghent University
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Starting date: April 2023–June 2023
Contract length: until June 2025

General context:
Large-scale agricultural and hydrological management requires data of terrestrial evaporation (E) and root-zone soil moisture (SM) with high spatial resolution and accuracy. However, neither E nor SM can be directly measured from satellites, and in situ measurements are sparse and insufficient for continuous monitoring over large regions. Consequently, retrieval models and process-based algorithms have been developed during the past decades to indirectly estimate these variables from satellite data, sometimes using in situ measurements, but just for calibration. The existing methods are still not optimized for high-resolution applications, sometimes do not have full continental coverage, or do not meet the required accuracy standards. HERMES will yield a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution, high accuracy, evaporation and root-zone soil moisture dataset across Europe and Africa. It will benefit from (a) the progress in high-resolution remote sensing heralded by the EU Copernicus program, the Sentinel constellation, and the Meteosat second generation sensors, and (b) novel advances in AI and visualization technologies applied to Earth Observation data. HERMES will also bridge towards actual stakeholder requirements in the fields of water and agricultural management.

Job profile

PhD in the domains of Physics, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Engineering or Computer Sciences
Background on Hydrology
Knowledge of numerical modelling and computer programming (preferably Python)
Excellent level of English, both oral and written
Creative, critical and analytical mindset; capable of working in groups
Candidates from outside Belgium are welcome and are expected to move to the country
Opportunity to spend stages in other leading international institutes that are part of the project consortium
Expected attendance to multiple international conferences and workshops
Opportunity to joining a young and motivating research environment
Wages in accordance with Flemish University indexes

How to apply

Please send a 1-paragraph motivation letter and professional CV in a single pdf to
Include contact information of two people that may be requested to send a reference if the application is shortlisted
Candidacies will be evaluated by an internal committee
The application procedure will remain open until the right candidate is found


Research Field: Environmental science; Years of Research Experience: 4 – 10

Research Field: Technology; Years of Research Experience: 4 – 10

Research Field: Agricultural sciences; Years of Research Experience: 4 – 10

Research Field: Environmental science; Years of Research Experience: 4 – 10

Research Field: Geography; Years of Research Experience: 4 – 10

Research Field: Agricultural sciences; Years of Research Experience: 4 – 10

Additional Information

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Work Location(s)

Number of offers available: 1

Company/Institute: Ghent University

Country: Belgium

City: Ghent

Postal Code: 9000

Street: Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33

Where to apply



City: Ghent

Postal Code: 9000





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