Scientist (f/m/x) (Satellite-based remote sensing of water quality)

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Magdeburg, Germany 🇩🇪

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

Satellite-based remote sensing of water quality has enormous potential in surface water monitoring, but is not yet implemented properly in governmental monitoring programs. In a UFZ coordinated, large-scale national research project the scientific and methodological fundament for a nation-wide harmonized inclusion of remote-sensing into existing water quality programs is established.

The project “Recording water quality and water surface expansion of inland waters by remote sensing (BIGFE)” is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of the Copernicus initiative and involves four project partners, 12 associated state authorities and leading companies in industry and water management.

Scientist (f/m/x)

full-time for 3 years (100%, 39h/week)

Your tasks:

  • Compiling and analyzing a nation-wide data set of water quality data from approx. 100 lakes/dams
  • Comparative processing of remote sensing data for selected water quality variables and using the collected water quality data for assessing the validity and transferability of existing methods
  • Evaluation of the usability of the optimized remote sensing products for official water quality monitoring and water management practice
  • Development of recommendations and methodological guidelines for a nation-wide harmonized implementation of remote sensing techniques into official monitoring practice including operationalization

Your profile:

  • Completed scientific university degree (Master/University Diploma – preferably with doctorate) in a scientific or engineering discipline such as geoinformatics/remote sensing, geosciences, geography, biology, physics/geophysics, hydrology or related fields
  • Very good knowledge of satellite remote sensing of surface waters as well as good knowledge of limnology, aquatic ecology or water quality management
  • Very good knowledge in programming, preferably with MATLAB, Python or R
  • Good knowledge of statistics, e.g. multivariate methods, linear and non-linear models, spatial statistics, time series analysis
  • Basic knowledge in data management and in the processing of vector and raster data as well as experience in dealing with geographic information systems
  • High communication skills, German and English spoken and written as well as teamwork and willingness to perform. Experience in regulatory/administrative procedures is of advantage

We offer:

  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application 
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams and excellent links with national and international research networks 
  • A vibrant region with a high quality of life and a wide cultural offering for a balance between family and professional life 
  • Interesting career opportunities and an extensive range of training and further education courses
  • Remuneration up to the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 including attractive public-sector social security benefits