Research Associate (Geodesy and Remote Sensing)

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) at NTU is a national science Research Centre of Excellence. Its mission is to conduct fundamental research on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami and climate change in and around Southeast Asia, toward safer and more sustainable societies.

We invite applications for a Research Associate position.

The successful candidate will create an automated Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) processing workflow to facilitate geodetic research in topics including land subsidence, volcano monitoring, tectonic deformation and earthquake studies across Southeast Asia, and make the resulting InSAR products easily available to the EOS research community. The candidate will also use the newly developed processing workflow to observe earth deformation processes using InSAR data from both active and archived satellite missions, and conduct innovative research into the physical processes driving the observed ground deformation. The candidate should possess high-level knowledge of the principles and technical aspects of satellite-based radar remote sensing and InSAR, as well as an understanding of ground deformation processes including land subsidence and tectonics. The processing methods will be based on the InSAR processing software GMTSAR, with which the candidate should have a working knowledge sufficient to modify and re-write the code as needed for the project. The candidate will be required to write up the results of their study for publication in international journals, and will be required to share their code with other members of the geodesy, volcanology, and earthquake physics groups at EOS. They may also be required to present their work at international conferences.


The successful candidate will have completed or nearly completed a M.S. They must be skilled in the use of radar remote sensing data, and specifically InSAR processing for the purpose of monitoring and understanding anthropogenic, volcanic, or tectonic deformation.  The ideal candidate will also have experience in numerical modelling of the deformation source, and a strong knowledge of continuum mechanics.  They should also be familiar with InSAR time series analysis techniques using the GIAnT software or similar.  Significant experience with at least one InSAR processing software (GMTSAR, ISCE, ROI_PAC, etc.) is required. Experience with multiple packages would be ideal.

The successful candidate will have proven evidence of their research skills through publication in international, peer-reviewed journals.  We require that in the application they demonstrate this by sending at least one submitted or published scientific article.

The successful candidate will have excellent English and communication skills, both written and oral. They should have evidence of presenting their research at international conferences, both as talks and posters.

The successful candidate will be fluent in the MATLAB and/or Python programming languages, must have experience writing their own code for InSAR processing, and must know at least one compiled language (e.g., FORTAN or C). They should also be experienced in setting up and optimizing parallel processing routines on a high-performance Linux cluster.

The minimum educational requirement is a Masters in a related field (e.g., Geophysics, Earth Science,,Geodesy or Geology).


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