[Met-jobs] Postdoc Position at KU Leuven (Belgium): Soil Moisture Data Assimilation

Postdoctoral Researcher: Satellite-Based Data Assimilation for Soil
Moisture Estimation

We are searching for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher with
experience in land surface modeling and/or data assimilation to
implement advanced modules into an existing global land surface data
assimilation system. You will be part of the Department of Earth and
Environmental Sciences, Division Soil and Water Management, at the KU
Leuven (Belgium), working under the supervision of prof. dr. ir.
Gabrielle De Lannoy.

Soil moisture is a key variable in the water, energy and carbon cycle
over land. The objective of this project is to merge large-scale land
surface simulations with satellite-based microwave observations from the
ESA Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and NASA Soil Moisture Active
Passive (SMAP) missions, using an advanced data assimilation scheme
which corrects for both the random and persistent errors in soil
moisture estimates. The improved soil moisture time series will help
enhancing subsequent predictions of flooding, landslides, soil and
vegetation carbon, deeper groundwater and the atmospheric boundary layer.

Our team: http://ift.tt/2moPlTE

– Perform and disseminate highly qualitative research related to land
surface modeling, observation and data assimilation
– Possibly supervise PhD or master thesis students

– PhD degree in Hydrology, Civil or Environmental Engineering,
Meteorology, Remotely Sensed Earth Observation, Physics, Mathematics,
Computer Sciences, or equivalent
– Experience with data-processing applications such as Matlab/Python,
IDL,GrADS, R, or other
– Experience in programming and scientific computing
– Excellent motivation and grades
– Creative, critical, analytical and innovative mindset
– Ability to work independently
– Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, proven in

– 2-year position with a competitive salary; support in career development
– Multi-disciplinary and international professional environment
– Leuven is a charming historical university town, located in the heart
of Western Europe

Only applicants matching the above profile should apply. Please submit
your resume, along with a motivation letter and two names for references
on-line. The start date is 1 June 2017, but earlier or later start dates
can be negotiated. For more information please contact prof. dr. ir.
Gabrielle De Lannoy, tel.: +32 16 37 67 13, mail:

Apply for this job no later than 15 May, 2017 via the online application
tool. The position will remain open until filled by an excellent
candidate: http://ift.tt/2mLqyEx

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