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Microwave Researcher with expertise in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering

Date Posted Jul. 13, 2020
Title Microwave Researcher with expertise in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
University Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
Helsinki, Finland
Department Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering
Application Deadline Aug. 17, 2020
Position Start Date Autumn of 2020, negotiable
  • Post-Doc
  • Electrical and/or Electronics
    Engineering - Other

Aalto University´s Microwave Remote Sensing and Small Satellite group is looking for a new member.


Come and work with the top university team in Finland who has launched first Finnish satellites and spun off many companies, including world leading miniature SAR satellite technology company. We operate in close collaboration with fleet of partners in our dynamic innovation ecosystem and keep pushing the boundaries 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 PolInSAR, InSAR, DinSAR, coherent change detection, time series and AI. The team is also part of highly esteemed Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space. The position gives opportunity to further develop your skills and widen your network in modern and dynamic academic environment.

Job description
Your task is to initiate and work in research projects utilizing the most up-to-date SAR satellite data and supervise master and doctoral students. The position includes scientific development and advanced analytical models and innovative solutions for processing of multi-parametric SAR imagery from recent and prospective space-borne sensors. The position provides also excellent opportunities to develop your pedagogical skills and possibility to participate in teaching. Specific duties include

  • Active participation on the group’s activities in space technology and remote sensing
  • Writing scientific papers jointly with the other members in the group
  • Guiding of graduate and PhD students
  • Filling project applications to national and international funding agencies
  • Providing consultancy and supporting commercial customer work of the group
  • Establishing and maintaining active collaboration with leading SAR research teams worldwide

Research group
The work is carried out in the microwave remote sensing and small satellite research team 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 in the heart of most active technology campus area in Finland.

Your backgroud
The successful candidate has a strong research profile in SAR remote sensing methodologies. In this position, knowledge of most relevant environmental applications is needed (forestry as the top priority, also land, crop and marine applications) and knowledge of machine learning and deep learning, and big-data handling is an asset. You have a strong record of academic achievements demonstrated by original international publications and you can show a documented ability to attract external funding from national and/or international funding agencies (e.g., EU, ESA or EUMETSAT). Specific requirements

For the Research Fellow position:
- Relevant PhD degree with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience
- Documented evidence of beyond state-of-the-art research activities in with advanced SAR remote sensing (PolSAR, Pol-InSAR, TomoSAR) for various SAR sensors
- Professional experience in satellite remote sensing and image processing (SAR, optical), GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS) and programming (Python, Matlab, R)
- Very good knowledge of image classification, data analytics, data fusion and statistics
- Self-motivated, responsible and team-oriented work style
- Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
- Experience in big data processing, deep learning and cloud computing advantageous
- Scientific project management experience advantageous

For the Postdoctoral Researcher position:
- Fresh PhD degree from relevant field, not older than two years
- Publications in top journals
- Experience in working with SAR images and analysis methodologies
- Self-motivated, responsible and team-oriented work style

Salary and contract terms
The position will be offered for 2 years. The expected starting salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 3650-3800 €/month and for a Research Fellow approximately 4100€/month, both depending on experience and qualifications. As an employer, Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities as well as extensive occupational health care services, commuter ticket benefit and versatile exercise services by Unisport. We would prefer your start during the autumn of 2020, yet this can also be negotiated.

Please apply online (link: and include the following attachments

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Course transcripts of Doctoral degree with grades and Certificate of Doctoral degree
  • List of publications with the most significant publications highlighted
  • References with names and contact details

Deadline for applications is August 17, 2020 but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

More information
For additional information, please contact Professor Jaan Praks, e-mail:

About Finland
Aalto University is an international community, 40% of our academic staff is international. Finland is a great place for living with or without family – it is a safe, politically stable and well organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed as the happiest country in the world: For more information about living in Finland:

  • 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 main campus is located in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

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Contact Information

  • Professor Jaan Praks
    Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering
    Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
    Maarintie 8, Espoo


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