PhD Candidate in Earth observation and remote sensing

University of Tromsø
Job Description: 

PhD Candidate in Earth observation and remote sensing

Ref. no.: 2012/3805

PhD Candidate in Earth observation and remote sensing at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics and Technology.

Application deadline: 4. November 2012
Applications shall be marked: Ref. 2012/3805

The University of Tromsø, Faculty of Science and Technology has a PhD position vacant for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in Earth observation and remote sensing.

The position is attached to the Department of Physics and Technology.

The appointment is for a period of four years.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: Research education

Further information about the position is available by contacting professor Torbjørn Eltoft, phone: +47 77 64 51 84, e-mail:

Application documents (see below) shall be sent to: Faculty of Science and Technology,
N-9037 Tromsø. In addition, the application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on

The position’s affiliation
The position is attached to the Department of Physics and Technology.

The position’s field of research/research project and other duties
The desired research area includes theoretical and experimental studies of electromagnetic scattering from snow and ice. Specifically, the study shall address characterization of geophysical properties using tomographic and polarimetric SAR data. The work will include development of tomographic focusing strategies related to a ground based radar system and physical scattering models that can improve interpretation of airborne and spaceborne polarimetric SAR data over snow covered surfaces and sea ice.

Qualification requirements
The successful applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD programme, cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Tromsø. In addition, he/she must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT.

The successful applicant must document solid knowledge in physics, mathematics, numerical analysis, and signal processing. Candidates, which also have knowledge and experience in analysis and interpretation of radar data, specifically SAR data, EM scattering modelling, or spectral analysis will be prioritized

Emphasis shall also be attached to personal suitability.

Working conditions
The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university, cf. Guidelines for the research fellow’s duties.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the research fellow has already completed parts of his/her research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position (PhD Candidate, research assistant, or the like) in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

• Master’s thesis or equivalent
• Other scientific works
• Project description

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experience from popularization and experience/education from other types of dissemination. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.

The application must be submitted electronically via (Apply for this job) at this page.

In addition, by the application deadline, four (4) copies of the following shall be sent directly to Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø

• Letter of application
• CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
• Certified* copies of:
- diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
- diploma supplement for completed degrees
- documentation of English language proficiency
- references
- project description
• List of works and description of these (see below)

The list of works shall contain the following information:
• author(s), the work’s title
• for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
• for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages

The works (published or unpublished) which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process must be submitted in three (3) copies arranged as three (3) complete sets.

The works are to be sent by the deadline for applications directly to:
Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø

Applicants shall also refer to the Supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Rellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) positions at the University of Tromsø and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident).

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. as well as questions about the PhD programme may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

The University of Tromsø has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

The University of Tromsø is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

9037 Tromsø

Job Categories: 
Graduate student fellowships
Deadline for Application: 
Nov 4 2012