2 postdocs, peatland studies - Padua, Italy

Two postdocs are sought to work on a project focusing on the development of new methods/technologies for peatland studies at the University of Padova in Padua, Italy.

Logistics

The roles are funded by the University of Padova. The successful candidates will collaborate with each other and with the PI Sonia Silvestri (University of Bologna), Prof. Antonio Vettore and Prof. Matteo Massironi (University of Padova), and Prof. Giulio Vignoli (University of Cagliari).

The positions are for 18 months each; selection will begin in June and the position is planned to start in September/October 2020.

Description

The CHANGED project aims to develop and apply a new multisensory approach from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve our ability of mapping peatlands in 3D and assessing the carbon stored over large territories at high spatial resolution and low costs.

The project aims to integrate data collected from UAVs with data collected in the field on peatland geomorphological features, hydrological conditions, soil and vegetation properties, and electrical conductivities, for a comprehensive eco-geomorphic characterization of peatlands.

Data collected from UAVs include LiDAR data, hyperspectral data collected in the visible, near- and mid-infrared, and geophysical data.

Postdoc Position 1

The researcher will mainly work on:

- the organization of UAVs surveys, including a preparatory activity for adapting the sensors to the transportation with UAVs,
- integration and calibration of multiple sensor systems (LiDAR-hyperspectral-navigation system and geophysical systems),
- the collection of LiDAR-hyperspectral-geophysical and field calibration data,
- the data analyses.

The postdoc will collaborate with others at the final interpretation of the results in a more comprehensive eco-geomorphic framework. The candidate will mainly work at the TESAF department and at the CIRGEO research center (University of Padova), but the program will include periods at other locations (University of Cagliari and field sites on the Alps).

Requirements:

- PhD in one of the following fields: Engineering, Hydrology, Geology, Geophysics, Physics, Remotely Sensed Earth Observation, Environmental Sciences.
- Experience in using UAV systems.
- Experience in analyzing satellite, LiDAR and geophysical data.
- Proven research experience in scientific publications.
- Experience with programing and data-processing applications such as Matlab/Python, R, or other.
- Good written and oral communication skills in English.

Postdoc Position 2

The researcher will mainly work on:

- collection of field measurements on the hydrology and the characteristics of vegetation (i.e. percentage cover and density),
- soil and vegetation sampling,
- lab analyses for carbon and vegetation biomass retrieval.

The postdoc will collaborate with others on the organization of UAVs surveys, data analyses and final interpretation of the results in a more comprehensive eco-geomorphic framework. The candidate will mainly work at the CIRSA center, Ravenna Campus (University of Bologna), but the program will include periods at other locations (University of Padova and field sites on the Alps).

Requirements:

- PhD in one of the following fields: Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Biology, Natural Sciences, Geology, Physics, Remotely Sensed Earth Observation, Environmental Sciences.
- Experience in performing field surveys for environmental studies and laboratory analyses.
- Interest in analyzing satellite, LiDAR and geophysical data.
- Proven research experience in scientific publications.
- Experience with data-processing applications such as Matlab/Python, R, or other.
- Good written and oral communication skills in English.

Applications

To submit an expression of interest please send an email and an updated CV to Sonia Silvestri: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feel free to also contact her with any questions about the positions.

The formal procedure for the selection of candidates will start in June 2020.