PhD scholarship in Hydrologic Modelling, Data Assimilation and Remote Sensing

Friday, December 20, 2013
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phd- scholarship
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The Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark
Job Description: 

The Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Environment) advertises a fully funded 3-year PhD position in Hydrologic Modelling, Data Assimilation and Remote Sensing. The project aims to develop methods to inform basin-scale hydrologic/hydrodynamic models with radar altimetry data from the Cryosat and Sentinel-3 satellite missions. The project will be carried out as a collaborative effort between DTU Environment and DHI. This PhD position will be partly funded by the projects LOTUS (EU-FP7) and CRUCIAL (European Space Agency).

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will have a background in hydrologic modeling. Previous experience with data assimilation methods and/or remote sensing is an asset. The candidate will develop a basin-scale coupled hydrologic-hydrodynamic modeling approach and a data assimilation method suitable for ingestion of water level measurements from radar altimeters. The candidate will work in a team consisting of scientists form DTU and DHI and partner institutions in the LOTUS and CRUCIAL projects. The method will be applied to a number of international case study river basins. Willingness to travel and work in an international environment is essential.

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Peter Bauer-Gottwein and Professor Henrik Madsen, DHI.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Peter Bauer-Gottwein, +45 4525 2171, email:

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

You can read more about DTU Environment on

Please submit your online application no later than 31 January 2014. Apply at

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.