Postdoctoral researcher position in Remote Sensing

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Organisation: Earth and Life Institute

The Georges Lemaître centre for Earth and Climate Research, part of the Earth and Life Institute at the Université catholique de Louvain is offering an 18 months postdoc position. The candidate will work in the framework of the European Space Agency Funded project Worldsoils. WORLDSOILS aims to develop a pre-operational Soil Monitoring System to provide yearly estimations of Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) at global scale, exploiting space-based EO data leveraging large soil data archives and modelling techniques to improve the spatial resolution and accuracy of SOC maps. The main research questions are on the potential of the Sentinel products for SOC monitoring and mapping. We strive to increase the precision and reduce the uncertainty in order to use the SOC monitoring for a sustainable management of the soil resources.

Your responsibilities are:

  • Research on SOC prediction using spectral models
  • Develop machine learning techniques for mapping SOC in croplands
  • Validation of SOC maps at the regional scale as specified in the World Soils project
  • Publication of results in international peer reviewed journals

We expect:

  • Completed PhD in Geography, Soil Science, Remote sensing, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences or other closely related discipline
  • A research interest in the application of machine learning
  • Expertise in multivariate statistics for large data sets
  • Experience in remote sensing of soil properties
  • Experience in programming (R and/or Python)

The appointment will start as soon as possible and will be limited to July 2023 (an extension will be possible). The work place is Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Salary will be according to the University’s scales. For foreign postdocs a fellowship is foreseen that includes social security benefits. Please send your application including a motivation letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and the coordinates of two references before 30 November 2021 to Bas van Wesemael.