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Scientific activities / projects

Development of SAR interferometry algorithms for the creation of global 4D building models

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Duration of contract

3 years


according to the German 13 TVöD

Type of employment


The department "EO Data Science" of the Remote Sensing Technology Institute develops modern signal processing and AI procedures for present and future earth observation missions. It is involved in a number of third-party funded projects and in a large international network.

Its activities include the design and development of SAR interferometry algorithms for the creation of global 4D building models and the processing of large SAR data sets:

  • Literature research on SAR interferometry
  • Generation of 4D-InSAR point clouds (3D positions and motion parameters, e.g. seasonal and thermal deformations as well as linear movements) by Persistent Scatterer Interferometry or SAR tomography
  • Development of precise and computationally efficient algorithms for large-scale 3D/4D reconstruction
  • Implementation of algorithms and program code on high-performance computers
  • Development of explorative data-driven algorithms for SAR interferometry
  • Participation in the preparation of the project reports
  • Participation and organization of project-relevant events
  • Participation in scientific publications (professional journals and lectures at international conferences)

Your qualifications:

  • completed scientific university studies (university diploma/master's degree) in computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, geodesy or a comparable course of study
  • very good programming skills in a development language (IDL, Matlab, Python) or C/C++
  • experience in SAR remote sensing / SAR interferometry
  • experience in machine learning
  • experience with high performance computing (HPC) with knowledge of MPI and openMP
  • good command of written and spoken English
  • Doctorate in computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, geodesy or in a comparable course of study desirable

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Prof. Dr. Ing. Xiaoxiang Zhu
Remote Sensing Technology Institute

Phone: +49 8153 28-3531

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