PhD fellowship "la Caixa INPHINIT" in hydrological modelling and remote sensing in Mediterranean dehesa grasslands

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The research position is part of the H2020 Super-G project (https://www.super-g.eu/).

The overall objective of the SUPER-G project is to co-develop

sustainable PG systems and policies with farmers and policy makers that

will be effective in optimising productivity, whilst supporting

biodiversity and delivering a number of other ES.

DEADLINE: 20th February 2021

This PhD project will work on integrating satellite estimates of soil

moisture to hydrological modelling through various advanced data-model

fusion frameworks. The work will be based on installing and maintaining

several in-situ soil moisture sensor networks and analyzing the

potential of novel satellite data from Sentinel-2. The relation between

soil moisture (either in-situ measured or derived from remote-sensing)

and grassland biomass production and quality will also be evaluated.


We are looking for candidates that hold an MSc degree in the field of

Agriculture, Forestry or Environmental Engineering, Hydro(geo)logy or

(Physical) Geography.


• Have an interest and/ or experience in modelling (R, Python, Fortran), remote sensing and GIS.


• Experience or interest in field work: working with soil moisture sensors and vegetation/soil sampling equipment.


• The PhD will be based in Córdoba, Spain, at the Department of Agronomy that is a “Maria de Maeztu” Unit for Excellence (https://www.uco.es/organiza/departamentos/agronomia/es/)


What is funded


Salary is €34.800 gross (approximately €1.700/month), plus €3.564 per

year for additional costs (conferences, courses, etc.). An additional

prize of €7.500 is paid upon completion of the PhD.




3 years




The selection process is very competitive and candidates should have an excellent academic record.


The candidate will apply through “la Caixa” foundation. Deadline is February 2020.




Eligible candidates must live outside of Spain or Portugal (maximum

12 months in the last 3 years), have a B2 English degree, and have a

higher education degree that gives access to doctoral studies.


For more information, please contact Ms Cristina Flores (r22florc AT uco.es)