The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BUNDESANSTALT FÜR GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE, BGR) has a vacancy from 01.06.2019 until 31.05.2022 (with option of extension for 12 months) for a 

Research Assistant

The following tasks serve the qualification of a doctorate or to obtain a leading scientific activity.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Exploitation of synergies in combining remote sensing and geophysical methods for the extensive exploration of soil properties for the purpose of the regional characterization of soil properties (ReCharBo project):
  • Development and assessment of hyperspectral ground-based, airborne and laboratory-based remote sensing methods for the extensive capture of soil parameters.
  • Development of generic evaluation modules in space and time for the purpose of mapping extensive soil parameters (soil moisture, stone content, etc.) and their variability.
  • Further development of the hyperspectral soil database.
  • Investigation of how influencing parameters such as soil water content affect the results of hyperspectral measurements.
  • Investigations into the derivation of soil moisture from radar data. Further development of models for capturing soil moisture, including the development of evaluation modules.
  • Adaptation of the above evaluation modules to satellite remote sensing (e.g. EnMAP, Sentinel) to capture regional soil parameters and automate process chains.
  • Performance of hyperspectral measurements in the field and support of induction and gamma-ray spectrometric measurements on the ground at selected test areas
  • Cooperation in the planning and implementation of helicopter and UAV flights by means of gamma-ray spectrometry and hyperspectral remote sensing
  • Analysis and evaluation of geophysical methods and of the results of geophysical methods with regard to their applicability for deriving soil parameters.
  • Synergetic analysis and evaluation of remote sensing and geophysical recording methods, representing multiscale datasets with different spatial, spectral-physical and temporal resolutions, 
  • Communication and coordination with project partners, authorities and during fieldwork
  • Presentation of the results at scientific conferences and technical meetings, preparation of peer-reviewed publications

Required qualifications:

  • A degree (Master's or equivalent) in a geoscience discipline or, alternatively, a degree in agrosciences, forestry, engineering or a comparable subject, focusing on remote sensing. 
  • Experience in recording and analysing hyperspectral measurements (e.g. laboratory, field, UAV and airborne) and in evaluating the results 
  • A good knowledge of deriving soil parameters from remote sensing data
  • A good knowledge of processing and interpreting satellite data, e.g. Sentinel, EnMAP
  • Knowledge of radar remote sensing 
  • A good knowledge of the practical evaluation of data using GIS
  • Ability to present complex issues in reports and scientific publications 
  • Ability to produce scientific work
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to perform interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Willingness and ability to work in the field
  • Very good written and spoken English and German

Ideally, you will also meet the following requirements:

  • Experience in using and evaluating geophysical measurement methods
  • A good knowledge of deriving soil parameters from geophysical data
  • Experience in processing large volumes of data
  • Knowledge of soil chemistry and soil mineralogy
  • Experience in taking soil moisture measurements

The place of work is Hannover. This post is classified to the professional and personal requirements in remuneration group 13 or 14 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Services (TVöD). Contract will be limited due to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.

BGR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and from severely handicapped persons. Part-time work is possible.

If you are interested in the vacancy, please send us your detailed application including CV and copies of relevant certificates. Please refer to the keyword "ReCharBo - Fernerkundung/Geophysik" and the reference number B 49/19. 
Please submit your application until 11.06.2019 to


Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe
- Personalreferat -
Stilleweg 2, 30655 Hannover

We ask you for your understanding that applications can only be sent back if a well addressed and well stamped envelope is attached. 

More information about BGR can be found online at www.bgr.bund.de. For further information about this vacancy, you are welcome to contact Mr. Dr. Lege at Thomas.Lege@bgr.de or by phone +49/511/643-2814. 

posted: 16 May 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.