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Postdoctoral Fellowship in drone-based observation of vegetation, land cover, and land usein the seasonally arid tropics
University of Augsburg
At the Faculty of Applied Computer Science of the University of
Augsburg, the Institute of Geography is offering a fully funded
three-year postdoctoral fellowship in drone-based
observation of vegetation, land cover, and land use
in the seasonally arid tropics
To take a leadership role in a research project entitled "Feedbacks
between land cover, people, and climate in the seasonally arid tropics"
supported by the German Academic Exchange Service‘s Make Our
Planet Great Again - German research Initiative.
You will be responsible for establishing a UAV-based LiDAR platform
and using this system to observe land cover, vegetation structure, and
land use in the project study areas of central India and West Africa. Your
tasks will include partial supervision of a technician and Ph.D. students.
You will have further opportunities for professional development,
including participation in international conferences and workshops,
and supervision of bachelor- and master-level research assistants, and
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a high degree of autonomy
in their previous work experience, including the ability to plan and
execute field research in developing countries. You should be creative
and capable of working in settings that are sometimes unpredictable
and unstructured. A desire to work in the tropics and engage with local
stakeholders is essential, as is excellent command of spoken and written
English. Experience working with LiDAR data to recover vegetation
properties including canopy height, density, and biomass are highly
The salary follows the regulations of "Entgeltgruppe" TV-L 13 (100%).
Augsburg University seeks to increase the number of women in sciences
and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Applicants with
severe disabilities will be favored when having substantially the same
qualifications as applicants without severe disabilities.
The University of Augsburg stands up for compatibility of family and
professional life. For more information, please contact the woman‘s
The application documents (including letter of motivation, bachelor and
master certificates and names of two referees) should be submitted as
single pdf-file by November 30th, 2018 to: