Postdoctoral Associate Position in WRF Land Data Assimilation at U-Albany

Category : position opening

Postdoctoral Associate Position in WRF Land Data Assimilation at U-Albany

The SUNY University at Albany Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) is conducting a search for a postdoctoral associate to work for 2-years in support of a NASA-funded project on assimilation of NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)   satellite-based soil moisture data into short-term NASA Unified Weather Research and Forecasting (NU-WRF) model forecasts. The planned weather- and climate-relevant research will involve extensive numerical weather forecast model evaluation and code modification. The specific objective is to improve short-term (9-30 h) weather (incl. wind) predictability over the central U.S.

To apply, go to:;jsessionid=DE3CB6CECC39BD78B87966E519AF3EFA?JOBID=90729

The position will remain open until filled. There is a preferred start date of February 2018 or sooner.

Any questions may be directed to Dr. Craig R. Ferguson (

Postdoctoral Researcher: Satellite-Based Data Assimilation for Soil Moisture Estimation

Category : Model, position opening

We are searching for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher with experience in land surface modeling and/or data assimilation to implement advanced modules into an existing global land surface data assimilation system. You will be part of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division Soil and Water Management, at the KU Leuven (Belgium), working under the supervision of prof. Gabrielle De Lannoy.

Soil moisture is a key variable in the water, energy and carbon cycle over land. The objective of this project is to merge large-scale land surface simulations with satellite-based microwave observations, using an advanced data assimilation scheme which corrects for both the random and persistent errors in soil moisture estimates. The improved soil moisture time series will help enhancing subsequent predictions of flooding, landslides, soil and vegetation carbon, deeper groundwater and the atmospheric boundary layer.

Our team

- Perform and disseminate highly qualitative research related to land surface modeling, observation and data assimilation
- Possibly supervise PhD or master thesis students

- PhD degree in Hydrology, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Meteorology, Remotely Sensed Earth Observation, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, or equivalent
- Experience with data-processing applications such as Matlab/Python, IDL,GrADS, R, or other
- Experience in programming and scientific computing
- Excellent motivation and grades
- Creative, critical, analytical and innovative mindset
- Ability to work independently
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, proven in publications

- 2-year position with a competitive salary; support in career development
- Multi-disciplinary and international professional environment
- Leuven is a charming historical university town, located in the heart of Western Europe

Only persons matching the above profile should apply. Please submit your resume, along with a motivation letter and two names for references on-line. The start date is 1 June 2017, but earlier or later start dates can be negotiated. For more information please contact prof. Gabrielle De Lannoy, tel.: +32 16 37 67 13, mail:

Apply for this job no later than 15 May, 2017 via the online application tool. The position will remain open until filled by an excellent candidate.

Position opening at CESBIO

Category : Non classé, position opening

Position opening at CESBIO

In the framework of the SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) follow on mission, the Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère (CESBIO) is opening a position. The duration is 12 months with a possible extension.

SMOS was launched in 2009 and has been running very smoothly ever since (see here or on this blog). SMOS relies on the use of a new instrument: a 2 D interferometer to achieve both adequate spatial and temporal sampling and operates at L Band. It was followed by two other satellites SMAP and Aquarius with different observation modes but always operating at L band.

With these missions in flight, a wealth of science and applications has been derived ranging from hurricane or thin sea ice monitoring to drought or flood forecasting or climate monitoring.

It is however time to envision how to replace aging satellites and for this purpose the European Space Agency (ESA) initiated a study to define users’ requirements at low frequency passive microwaves.

The study was awarded to a European consortium led by CESBIO.  In this context CESBIO is opening a position to contribute to this project.

The role of the applicant is to basically participate within the consortium to the making of the project in the two main aspects:

Support management and coordination:

  • establish and operate web pages portal for both internal and external communication and management of the project activities
  • report and documentation
  • organise science meeting and write the related reports
  • liaise with ESA and the international members of the project

Support for technical studies depending on his skill:

  • contribute to establishing a list of the different products supported by L-Band measurements together with their accuracies and feasibility/ maturity from input of the community
  • Translate and trace requirements from science end users to requirements for geophysical parameters, and to passive L-Band products.
  • Contribute to a “cluster analysis” of products and applications according to their key requirements, like temporal and spatial resolution and radiometric accuracy
  • perform simulations to assess requirements when needed

Applicants should possibly hold a Ph.D. degree in remote sensing or should have equivalent experience in space research and in physics and geophysics. They should have good communication skills. The applicant should be fluent in English (written and spoken). A good practice is a plus. The applicant should have excellent  writing skills for reporting and documentation.

The work will take place within the SMOS team of CESBIO (Toulouse) and in collaboration with INRA (Bordeaux), several other teams in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal, as well ESA (Noordwijck NL) and CNES (Toulouse France).

Salary: Gross: about 2100 euros / month, depending on qualification and experience

Duration: 12 months minimum

Applications (application letter + CV+2 references) should be sent to Yann Kerr (; phone: 05 61 55 85 22)

PhD Position at isardSAT

Category : position opening

isardSAT are looking for a candidate for a « Industrial Doctorate » on the estimation of root zone soil moisture from remote sensing data.

The applicant will work at isardSAT, a remote sensing company based in Barcelona, Spain. The academic institution responsible for the doctorate is the Ebro Observatory (Ramon Llull University), located in Tortosa (Tarragona province). The PhD will be involved in the H2020-RISE REC project (

The doctorate depends on funding by the Spanish government, which depends on the quality of both, the candidate and the project.

Further details of the project and the profile of the desired candidate in the isardSAT_Doctorat_Industrial_2017

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