Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences

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; geophysics; natural resources and sustainable development; petrology, mineralogy and tectonics; 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: https://www.geo.uu.se/research/luval/.

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We offer a one-year position as a researcher in remote sensing for snow monitoring. The successful candidate will be based at LUVAL. The primary objective of this position is to better quantify the seasonal snow water storage in mountain regions through the use of satellite microwave observations in combination with UAV measurements and ground observations.

The main research tasks include:

  • Develop improved algorithms for estimating snow parameters
  • Generate improved snow products
  • 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.
  • Knowledge in active and passive microwave remote sensing.
  • Good scientific programming skills in handling big data (e.g. Python/IDL).
  • Knowledge in Google Earth Engine.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English, and good communication skill.
  • Good track record of publications in relevant fields.
  • You should be highly motivated with good ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and contribute to the development of the project

Additional qualifications
Experiences in working with Sentinel-1 data, data integration from different remote sensing platforms and development of remote sensing information products are highly desired. Knowledge/experience in remote sensing of cryosphere, photogrammetry, machine learning and snow hydrology 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 01-08-2023 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Jie Zhang, jie.zhang@geo.uu.se or Veijo Pohjola, veijo.pohjola@geo.uu.se

Please submit your application by 19 June 2023, UFV-PA 2023/1847.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-08-01 or as agreed
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/1847
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 09.May.2023
Last application date 19.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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