PhD Scholarship, Physical Geography or Environmental Engineering [Denmark]

A PhD scholarship is available at the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change (ENSPAC),

Modelling spatial catchment hydrology using Earth Observation and Distributed Temperature Sensing of streams

The purpose of the PhD project is to use distributed temperature sensing (DTS) of streams to improve the spatial parameterization and modelling of catchment hydrological processes. The DTS system uses a long (2 km) fiber-optic cable to provide stream temperature measurements with 1 m resolution. In particular, the system will be used to identify, parameterize and model lateral inflows to the stream in relation to the spatial characteristics of the upland contributing areas. The PhD student will be involved in measuring, analyzing and modelling the data using also ancillary information.

The scholarship is financed by the Danish Research Council for Technology and Production as part of a larger research project which includes the use of Earth observation and other spatial data for modelling hydrological and atmospheric processes ( The PhD student will be working in the research project group and is co-supervised by the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Environment) who is also a research project partner. The PhD student will be affiliated to the Graduate Programme in Environmental Stress Studies (GESS) at Roskilde University. GESS is an international graduate program that covers a broad range of research topics within the area of environmental stress (

Candidates with a background in physical geography or environmental engineering and with an interest in both field hydrology and hydrological modelling are encouraged to apply for the position. Experience in hydrological modelling, spatial data management, computer programming, field hydrology and/or data analysis is considered advantageous. Further information can be obtained by contacting Eva Boegh (, tel +45 46743942) or Dan Rosbjerg (, tel +45 45251449).

Employment as Ph.d. student is for up to 3 years. The employment includes up to 840 hours work at the department (teaching, research communication etc.) The applicant should be willing to work with national and international monitoring programs and assessment of environmental quality. Salary and other conditions are in accordance with agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Candidates receiving GESS scholarships are automatically registered in the school. They are expected to participate actively in relevant courses, seminars and other activities arranged by GESS.

Roskilde University encourages all interested applicants, regardless of age, sex religious or ethnic background to apply.

The application should include a project proposal description (max 5 pages), candidate certificate, and curriculum vitae. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted. The application should be submitted in 5 copies to

PhD Secretary, Jytte Bach
Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change
Roskilde University
Universitetsvej 1, PO Box 260
DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark

The deadline for application is Monday 25 May 2009, at 12:00 noon.
Material received after this time will not be taken into account.
Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Further Scholarship Information and Application