PhD in planetary exploration and remote sensing

The Institute of Planetology at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking a researcher to carry out a 3 year PhD in planetary science, starting from 15 June 2020 at the earliest, and funded at 75% (E13 TV-L) level.

The PhD candidate will be part of the junior research group of Dr. Ottaviano Ruesch dedicated to the understanding of regolith evolution and to the analysis of images returned by spacecraft from the Moon, asteroids and Mars. Understanding the nature, origin and evolution of regolith is paramount for a wide range of research fields, including volatile accumulation and organic matter preservation, and will serve engineering purposes for future rover and lander missions. The activities of the PhD student will be (1) the development of a numerical model to describe the process of small impact (<1m) bombardment and the evolution of boulder-rich surfaces and (2) use of the model developed to analyze remote sensing images of planetary surfaces.

The requirements are (1) a proven and in-depth expertise in programming (e.g. Matlab), (2) experience with remote sensing data or software, (3) master’s degree in geophysics, geo-informatics, or equivalent. The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Applications should include a CV, motivation letter, assessment reports for previous projects (e.g. bachelor and master’s theses), copies of degree certificates and transcripts, and contact details for two referees. Please send all documents combined in a single pdf to the address below. Review of applications will begin April 20, 2020 and will be continued until the position has been filled.

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