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PhD position: Remote Sensing of Vegetation Phenology

25.04.2017 - Biology Department of the University of Antwerp (Belgium)

There is a PhD position open at the Biology Department of the University of Antwerp (Belgium) within the international 4-year ECOPROPHET project (Improved Ecosystem Productivity Modeling by Innovative Algorithms and Remotely Sensed Phenology Indicators), funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office. Partners in the project are the Belgian Meteorological Institute, the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’environnement (France), and Peking University (China).

The successful applicant will join the Research Centre of Excellence on Global Change Ecology and be supervised by Prof. Ivan Janssens and Dr. Manuela Balzarolo ( PhD salaries in Belgium are high relative to the cost of living.

Research description
The successful candidate will make use of new Earth Observation products and ecosystem productivity databases to improve the understanding of ecosystem phenology and ecosystem productivity. She/He will help in developing new phenology modules for Land Surface Models and in validating model simulations.

Applicants should have a master’s degree in (Bio-) Engineering, Biology, Geography, Physics, or related sciences, and should have affinity with programming.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Manuela Balzarolo ( before June 10th
and should include a detailed CV and a letter of motivation (max 1 page). A reference letter from your master thesis advisor would be welcomed.