For a research project in summer/autumn 2018 at the Chair of Earth Observation and Remote Sensing, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH Zurich we invite applications for a
PhD Position in Earth Observation and Remote Sensing on Exploration of bistatic Synthetic Aperture Radar Signals for Spaceborne Applications
The research focuses on the exploration of bistatic radar signals for spaceborne applications. Nowadays more and more radar satellites will be operating in the bistatics mode, where an incidence angle between the transmission and reception component of a sensor exists and therefore due to the different looking direction a particular signal is received. The particular signal is different depending on the illuminated surface and needs to be interpreted. The interpretation is done using object oriented models describing in a generalised way the natural scene. However, today the understanding of the bistatic signal and the development of models for their interpretation is in the beginning of the research and an up to date topic for exploration. For a first testing a ground based system is available that will provide insights into the signals and can be used for validation of the model. The main objective of the study is firstly to develop a framework where the ground based system is calibrated and validated to work properly in the bistatic configuration and secondly to develop an electromagnetic model that describes a part of the natural environment and to validate the results with experimental data.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate holding a master’s degree or a diploma in electrical engineering, geomatics engineering, geophysics, computational science or a related field with a background in digital signal processing. The successful candidate has strong analytical skills and programming experience in Matlab, Python, C/C++, or equivalent. Prior experience in working with large data sets will be highly advantageous for the project. The candidate needs to be willing to set up the ground based radar and to perform several tests. Fluency in English is required (oral and written), and it is essential that the candidate is willing to work in a multidisciplinary and international research team. Applicants should hold a valid driver’s license (European Cat. B).

We are offering a position in an attractive research environment within a young, highly motivated and international research team.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a cover letter that describes your motivation and research experience, a full CV, academic transcripts/list of courses completed or on-going, including grades, a digital copy (PDF) of the master’s thesis, and name and address / contact details of two referees. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information, please contact Prof. Irena Hajnsek (hajnsek[at] or see