Postdoc In Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Applications
Aalto University Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering

Postdoc in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Applications
Employer Aalto University
Job location Lämpömiehenkuja 2, 02150 Espoo
Published August 8, 2019
Application deadline September 16, 2019
Job types Postdoc
Fields Energy Technology, Nanotechnology, Electronics


Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The School of Electrical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. Our portfolio covers fields from natural sciences to engineering and information sciences. In parallel with basic research, we develop ideas and technologies further into innovations and services. We are experts in systems science; we develop integrated solutions from care of the elderly to space robotics. The School is an international unit with close to 60 professors and 2 000 full-time students, including over 200 doctoral students.

Microwave remote sensing and small satellite group is looking for a

Postdoc with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image analysis expertise

Join the top university team in Finland which has launched the first Finnish satellites and spun off new companies, including the world leading miniature SAR satellite technology company. We operate in close collaboration with the fleet of partners in our dynamic innovation ecosystem and keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with small satellites and microwave remote sensing. In addition to satellite platforms and payloads development, we work with SAR data from various sources, using methods like PolSAR, InSAR, DinSAR, coherent change detection, time series and AI. The remote sensing and small satellite group is also part of the highly esteemed Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space.

Job description
You are going to participate in and lead research projects utilizing the most up-to-date SAR satellite data. The work is carried out in close collaboration with various companies and institutes in Finland and abroad. You will write scientific papers jointly with the other members in the group and publish actively in conferences and journals. In this position, you have excellent opportunities to extend your professional network and to improve your pedagogical skills by participating in teaching and by supervising of masters and doctoral students.


Research group
The work is carried out in the Microwave Remote Sensing and Small Satellite Group, lead by Professor Jaan Praks. The group has strong experience in SAR polarimetry and interferometry and small satellite platforms. The active multinational team is composed of over 15 researchers. It is well connected and well secured with funding. The university provides well-equipped modern work environment at the heart of most active technology campus area in Finland.


Your experience and ambitions

Proven track record in scientific work and a relevant PhD degree
Experience in working with various SAR data and analysis methods
Motivation to actively participate in the team's activities in space technology and remote sensing
Salary and contract terms
The position will be initially filled for 2 years, with a possible extension up to 3 years. The expected starting salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 3600-3800€/month, depending on experience and qualifications. The contract includes occupational health care and social security benefits. We expect the candidate to be able to start in Autumn of 2019.

Ready to apply?
Please submit your application through our recruiting system by using the "Apply now!" link below. Include the following documents in English: 1) motivation letter, 2) CV indicating your skills and experience applicable to the position, including your teaching experience, 3) the list of publications (with the five most significant publications highlighted), 4) research statement, 5) references (names and contact information). The call is open until September 16, 2019, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

More information
For additional information, please contact Professor Jaan Praks, jaan.praks(at), or in recruitment process related questions HR Coordinator Annika Salmelin,

About Aalto University, campus and Finland
The Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and work environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality of life. For more information about living in Finland please visit our information pages for international staff.

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