PhD Position in Quantifying Deforestation Rates over the Past Decades, Netherlands 2012

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The Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) offers a range of Bachelor and Master programmes. Research at the faculty focuses on the fields of the life sciences, health sciences, environmental sciences and earth sciences. World-class teaching and cutting-edge research activities go hand in hand. FALW works together with other faculties like medicine, exact sciences, economics, psychology and social sciences. The faculty’s research facilities can be categorized as excellent. The faculty’s international focus fosters cross-border collaboration, leading to substantially improved quality and greater impact of our research results. This position is funded by a prestigious grant from the European Research Council aiming to better understand the role of deforestation in the global carbon cycle and Earth system. Within a young and dynamic research team that is very well imbedded in the international research community, you will explore several novel datasets that can be used as a proxy for rates of tropical deforestation over the past 60 years. These proxies will be validated using existing deforestation rate products retrieved from satellite. The work is mostly done behind the computer but we will also go to various tropical countries for fieldwork. In addition, you will be able to attend summer schools and conferences to present your work.

• Hold a MSc in Earth sciences or statistics, focusing on quantitative analyses; • have experience in GIS and computer programming or scripting (Python / Matlab / IDL); • strong in time series analyses; • be fluent in English and possess good social and communication skills

Deadline: February 15, 2012

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