Open Postdoc position in Remote Sensing and Biodiversity (Ref: RSL-R1)

Michael Schaepmann invites applications for a scientific position in the field of remote sensing and biodiversity.

The Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL), University of Zurich (UZH) are looking for a postdoc or an experienced remote sensing specialist with a Master’s degree to work in the domain of biodiversity,
land surface phenology and Earth observation. The position includes work in the GlobDiversity project ( as well as activities in support of the Swiss remote sensing community. The
international GlobDiversity project (funded by the European Space Agency ESA) is designed to develop and engineer remote sensing enabled Essential Biodiversity Variables (RS-enabled EBVs) to contribute
to a global monitoring system of key characteristics of biodiversity. In addition, the candidate shall be active in the research and development of potential Earth Observation (EO) products and support Swiss
EO data users.

The candidate will be working in outreach activities, be it with international or national audiences, as well as in the development of new methods, and software prototyping for processing and visualization
of EO data. Skills and knowledge in programming (e.g., Python, Matlab, R, etc.) and analysis of large time series of remote sensing data (e.g., drone, airborne or satellite data) are required. In addition,
excellent communication skills for working in multi-disciplinary projects and target-oriented outreach activities (e.g., students, professionals, non-EO scientists) are needed. Knowledge of the Swiss remote
sensing and national or international space environment is an asset. A high standard of written and spoken English is mandatory.

The successful applicant will be based in Zurich at Irchel campus and embedded in a team including Claudia Röösli ( and Michael Schaepman ( You will work in the Department of Geography that hosts several research groups working on a variety of topics assessing the key drivers of biodiversity and global change using remote sensing. You will work at the Remote Sensing Laboratories having substantial expertise in various remote sensing techniques such as spectroscopy, radar and LiDAR as well as in various application fields such as biodiversity, water systems or Earth system science.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, creative and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and
an excellent support environment.

A suitable candidate can start as soon as a candidate is found, ideally as of 1 February 2018. Salaries correspond to the UZH regulations of postdoc / research associate salaries.

Please send your application (motivation letter, complete CV, and names of 2 references) to For further questions, please contact or