Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Postdoc candidate for a MSCA IF satellite technology, numerical flood modelling and big data analytics

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    15/05/2020 23:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Luxembourg, Dudelange
    RSS Hydro (application management through Luxinnovation)
    Research and Education Department

RSS Hydro is interested in hosting a postdoctoral fellow within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship programme. 


         Please note that this opportunity is not a funded positions (yet); it depend on

         1. The organization selecting you for continuing the process and

         2. A successful proposal written mostly by you (with some input from your host organization           in Luxembourg) and submitted before September 9th 2020.



Project idea: 

In this project, the successful candidate will develop a reliable (flash) flood mapping system for local impact assessment and large-scale applicability, using the newest developments in satellite technology, numerical flood modelling and big data analytics. During this project, the candidate will liaise with public sector departments as well as private industry and humanitarian response teams. The challenge of this project is to make the mapping and prediction system work in data-rich as well as data-poor environments, meaning that the methods need to be robust enough for regionalization and extrapolation. Using several demo sites, the methods developed will be upscaled and implemented at a national scale, with potential global scale application.


Offer Requirements

  • A strong general knowledge about flood processes in hydrology and/or hydrodynamic modeling is a requirement.
  • Hydrological and/or hydraulic modeling is a requirement, and both would be a clear advantage
  • Well-versed in data analytics, geographical information systems (GIS), and interoperable web services is desirable.
  • Computer coding skills in one or more of the common languages, such as Matlab, Python, C, C++, R, etc., is a requirement;
  • Knowledgeable about deep learning and/or AI algorithms is considered an advantage.


Institute description

RSS-Hydro is a young R&D company in Luxembourg and is active in R&D and expert services provision in the fields of remote sensing and computer simulation of flood hazard and risk, at local to global scales. As a research institute, the Research and Education Department (RED) of RSS-Hydro works with and trains graduate students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers in individual fields, and encourages researchers from different disciplines and institutions to work together to advance the scientific fields of flood hydrology and find sustainable solutions to address society’s needs. RSS-Hydro's RED is involved in numerous international research collaborations and integrates practical and academic experience, so that we can work on applied science projects in partnership with business, government and community sectors.



Unique research setting at RSS-Hydro: private sector R&D company partnering with academia and the humanitarian/aid development sectors and leading industry innovation programs to advance and accelerate the downstream take-up.


About Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship:

The MSCA IF are postdoctoral fellowships, financed through the European Commission for 2 year positions, covering salary and research costs of the researchers, who can come from anywhere in the world. The evaluation process of these programmes is more about the project and the career development of the candidate, than his/her publication record. The organizations in Luxembourg that want to host such talented researchers include large public research organizations as well as private companies that offer interesting job perspectives after completion of the fellowship.

Minimal eligibility criteria

  • Individual: applicant applies together with host institute
  • PhD at the deadline or Masters plus 4 years of full time equivalent research experience
  • Not working or living in Luxembourg for longer than 12 months before the call deadline
  • For rules see here or contact your NCP


How to apply

Please submit your CV to Charles Betz, Advisor - European R&D and Innovation Support at Luxinnovation, until May 15th 2020 and refer to which position(s) you are applying for; you can also send several finetuned CVs if you are interested in multiple positions. Make sure you address the text and requirements mentioned by the respective hosts. 

Please note that applications are made through Luxinnovation, your contact point for Horizon 2020 in Luxembourg, before being handed over to the host company.


Luxinnovation, the Luxembourgish Innovation agency and National Contact Point for MSCA, will support both you and your future host institute during your application phase. For all applicants coming to Luxembourg we offer guidance documents, webinars, training in proposal writing and we will review your proposals if you wish so (depending on our availability). In 2019, MSCA IF proposals from Luxembourg had an average success rate of 28.5%, and proposals reviewed by our service 42%.

More information can be found on our website.


  • Remote Sensing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Model Simulation
  • Prediction
  • Floods



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