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PhD candidate in GRACE/hydrology

19.01.2018 - HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany

the HafenCity University in Hamburg is offering a position for a PhD candidate in the context of using GRACE data for hydrology. The project will be part of the DFG Research Unit "Understanding the global freshwater system by combining geodetic and remote sensing information with modeling using a calibration/data assimilation approach" (Global CDA).

The Department for Geodesy and Geoinformatics of HCU is looking for a
Research Assistant (PhD student)
salary group 13 TV-L (100%)
within the new DFG research unit „GlobalCDA“
This temporary position has a duration of (initially) three years, starting as soon as possible.

Your tasks
The topic of the PhD project will be the use of GRACE satellite gravity data for improving our under-standing of the global terrestrial water cycle. Together with eight other European research groups from remote sensing/geodesy and hydrological modeling, it will be part of the interdisciplinary DFG re-search unit GlobalCDA (Understanding the global freshwater system by combining geodetic and re-mote sensing information with modelling using a calibration/data assimilation approach).
The specific tasks of the PhD student at HCU will be (1) the generation of optimized GRACE data sets including specific uncertainty information to be used for hydrological model calibration and data as-similation and (2) the development of methods for the validation of model results against independent data sets (e.g. groundwater levels, soil moisture data).
The project will be co-supervised by Dr. Laurent Longuevergne (University of Rennes, France) and will offer the possibility for temporary research visits in France.

Expected competence and knowledge

  • An above average university degree (M.Sc./Diploma) in geodesy, hydrology, mathematics or a related discipline
  • Programming skills in at least one established programming language, experience in C/C++ are an advantage
  • Interest in independent scientific research, data analysis, mathematical and statistical methods development, presentation and publication of research results
  • Very good oral and written English skills

The HafenCity University Hamburg provides a family friendly environment and supports the compati-bility of family and career. To ensure equal opportunities, applications by gender minorities and per-sons with immigrant background are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. Presence in Hamburg is required for this position.
We would point out that the applicant's classification in the level of experience within the advertised TV-L pay group within the recruitment procedure is based on the individually available professional experience of the can-didate by the HR department of the HCU. Legally binding statements can only be made by the HR department of HCU.

Interested? We are looking forward to receiving your application!
For questions and further information, do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Annette Eicker (email: or phone: +49 (0) 40 42827-5216).
Please send your complete application (including CV, cover letter, copies of relevant certificates), not later than February 15, 2018 (preferably by email as one single PDF file) to:

HafenCity University
Az: 2018-02 WiMi GlobalCDA
Ueberseeallee 16
20457 Hamburg
Please name the reference 2018-02 WiMi GlobalCDA in the subject line.

Please be aware that in case of an invitation to an interview, HCU will not be able to cover any expenses for travel and lodging. Due to the high number of applicants HCU is not be able to return application documents. Therefore, please do not submit originals of certificates, etc. If you add a post-paid envelope HCU will return your application documents