Research Assistant/Associate - Remote Sensing

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 12th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world's best young universities. The Earth Observatory in Singapore (EOS) at NTU Singapore is a national science Research Center of Excellence. Its mission is to conduct fundamental research on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami and climate change in and around Southeast Asia, toward safer and more sustainable societies.

We invite applicants for a Research Assistant/ Associate to help with mission control for a near-real-time, partially automated Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) processing and response system to facilitate geodetic research, monitoring of natural hazards and disaster response. Specific targets may include flooding, land subsidence, volcano monitoring, tectonic deformation and earthquake studies across Southeast Asia. The job scope may include (a) using the system to process SAR data for monitoring of hazards and response to regional disasters, (b) communication with stakeholders and policy makers to make sure that products are most useful for disaster mitigation and response, (c) coordination with other scientists at the Earth Observatory of Singapore who use SAR data for their scientific analysis, (d) assisting scientists at the Observatory in their research to improve algorithms used for mapping disasters using remote-sensing data.

The ideal candidate will possess high-level knowledge of the principles and technical aspects of satellite-based radar remote sensing as well as a strong understanding of natural hazards. They will have experience in interpreting and modelling Interferometric SAR data for geophysical applications. They should also have the sense of urgency in responding to natural disasters and the enthusiasm to collaborate with a varied group that will include Earth scientists, social scientists, technical staff, policy makers, NGO's, and disaster-response organizations. Experience working with optical remote sensing and GIS would be a very strong plus.


  • At the Research Assistant level, the successful candidate must have completed a Bachelors degree in a related field of earth science, remote sensing, or natural hazards. At the Research Associate level the successful candidate must have completed a Masters degree in a related field of earth science, remote sensing, or natural hazards.
  • Skilled in the processing and application of remote sensing data for the purpose of monitoring and understanding natural hazards, with experience in at least one open-source InSAR processing software (GMTSAR, ISCE, ROI_PAC, etc.).
  • Must have had research experience using geodetic data for earth science applications.
  • Possess strong programming experience, including expertise in Python and MATLAB, and experience using GIS.
  • Confident in the use and optimization of parallel processing routines on both a high-performance Linux cluster and a cloud-based system.
  • Experience with projects that work with very large data sets, machine learning, and/or data mining would be a plus.
  • Strong English and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Have the ability to engage with different stakeholders across Asia, including science peers (in both Earth and social sciences), senior representatives from regional and international disaster relief agencies and governments, NGOs and business.
  • Possess strong program management skills (project workflow planning, trouble shooting, etc.).

Interested applicants should send a CV, with list of publications (if any), statement of career goals, and the names of three referees to

We regret that only successful candidates will be informed.

posted: 14 February 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.