PhD Student Position in SAR Interferometry/Tomography in Zürich


Job description

The research focuses on investigating methods and algorithms in the context of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) multibaseline interferometry and SAR tomography for space-based monitoring of ground-surface displacements. By using repeat-pass SAR interferometry, deformation measurements at cm/mm level over longer time spans can be obtained for extended areas. SAR interferometry therefore complements point-based measurement techniques such as observations with total station theodolites, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-based, or levelling-based measurements of surface displacements.

Mountainous areas with large topographic variations are prone to various geohazards. At the same time, mountainous areas are challenging to monitor with SAR interferometry due to strong and relatively small-scale spatiotemporal variations in the tropospheric conditions, obstructed views (layover and shadow), partial snow or vegetation cover, and other surface processes.

The research builds upon previous work performed in our group and aims at improving the spatiotemporal coverage, the precision, and the automated generation of spaceborne-radar-based maps of surface displacements in mountainous areas.

Your profile

We are looking fora highly motivated candidate holding a master’s degree or a diploma in electrical engineering, geomatics engineering, geophysics, physics or a related field with a background in digital signal processing and/or image processing. Previous experience in SAR signal processing or another field of array signal processing is an asset. The successful candidate has strong analytical skills and programming experience in Matlab, Python, C/C++, or equivalent, and is capable to develop and implement signal-processing algorithms in such a programming language. 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.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: 

  • cover letter that describes the candidate’s 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.

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