PhD Candidate “PhD position in Remote Sensing of Aquatic Biophysics”

PhD Candidate “PhD position in Remote Sensing of Aquatic Biophysics”

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18 Apr 19 May Enschede

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Are you an emerging scientist driven by scientific curiosity to discover and learn?

Are you interested in unravelling the intricate nexus between water quality and aquatic green-energy solutions?

Do you have a passion for processing and analysing multi-source Earth Observation data for real-world complex scenarios?

Then you might be interested in joining us.

Under the SPARKLES project can be watched via this link we are seeking an emerging scientist to conduct interdisciplinary and innovative research to investigate the impact of floating solar on aquatic biophysics and their role in altering the thermal and mass balances of inland waters. The main aim is to unravel how floating solar panels may affect water biophysics. To achieve this aim, you will work on identifying and measuring key radiometric and biophysical properties that characterize the solar panels and the water before and after the installation of the floating solar. Through Earth Observation and process-based modelling, you will then determine the effect of floating solar on lakes’ biophysics: water quality, heat and gas exchanges into deeper water layers and at the air-water interface. The proposed research stands for the innovative integration of Earth Observation with biophysical models. The use of data science could be an asset but is not essential.


University of Twente (UT)


  • A recent MSc (or in the process of obtaining one) in one or more of the following fields (preferably a combination of): ocean colour/optics, water quality monitoring and/or modelling, limnology, aquatic biology monitoring and/or modelling
  • Expertise with field measurements of water quality and biophysical variables, with attention to ensuring data quality through validation procedures
  • Good analytical and programming skills
  • A strong motivation for doing research and affinity with working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Good communication and writing skills in English

The following competencies are a pre:
  • Skills in utilising multi-sensor satellite imagery, including the use of advanced retrieval and image fusion algorithms
  • Expertise in process-based models predicting aquatic biophysical and biochemical dynamics
  • Affinity with partner interaction

Conditions of employment

  • An inspiring multidisciplinary, international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda
  • Full-time position for 4 years
  • A professional and personal development programme within Twente Graduate School
  • Gross monthly salary of € 2,770.- in the first year that increases to € 3,539.- in the fourth year
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development
  • A solid pension scheme
  • A total of 41 holiday days per year in case of full-time employment
  • Excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment, and a green and lively campus.


Our mission is to build communities of water professionals, scientists and engineers with skills to contribute to a sustainable and resilient living environment using Earth Observations and Modelling of Water and Climate.

The world desperately needs people with these skills. Water-related challenges are everywhere. Some are caused by climate change, others by urbanization, infrastructure, land cover change, mining, discharge of polluted effluents, and sea level rise. They affect food security, biodiversity and health. Good water management starts with insight into the problem and access to accurate, (near-)real-time information. This requires a scientific data infrastructure and research capacity. We engage with social actors including policymakers, entrepreneurs and citizens to co-create sustainable and innovative solutions for the monitoring and management of freshwater and marine resources using Earth Observation. We focus on physical, chemical and biological processes on land and in aquatic systems, river basins, soils and plants. To study these, we develop, use and teach quantitative use of Earth observation and physically based models, and unravel linkages between water and food, energy, health and ecosystem security and sustainability.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1754


University of Twente (UT)

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