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Postdoc: End-to-end performance assessment of Small Spaceborne Radar Earth Observation Systems

The emergence of so-called NewSpace is leading to the development of Earth Observation concepts based on constellations of small satellites. For example, …

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Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 3238 - € 4084 per maand


The emergence of so-called NewSpace is leading to the development of Earth Observation concepts based on constellations of small satellites. For example, companies like Iceye, Urthecast, or Capella Space are starting to build and launch their first small Synthetic Aperture Radar satellites, leading a trend that is likely to radically change the Earth Observation landscape.

The project offered is framed within the Dutch network on small spaceborne radar instruments and applications (NL-RIA), and aims at deriving new Earth Observation mission concepts based on SmallSat platforms. Working closely with other researchers within the network, the selected candidate will:

  • Design mission concepts. Aside from conventional SAR constellations, we are particularly interested in distributed SAR concepts, and in constellations of non-imaging nadir-looking radars such as, for example, radar-altimeters. These mission concepts will consider both the user needs and the technological constraints and opportunities identified within NL-RIA.
  • Help develop a framework to evaluate the performance of the proposed concepts from an End-to-End point of view, i.e. focusing on final product performance. This framework will integrate payload performances derived in parallel with the knowledge network.
  • Use these E2E framework to evaluate and iteratively refine the proposed concepts.


We are looking for teamwork-oriented candidates with a Ph.D. degree in a topic directly related to radar remote sensing, a good understanding of radar systems and at least some background knowledge about spaceborne missions. The project requires broad, system-oriented high-level thinking, and the ability to rapidly switch between a wide range of application domains. The performance models to be developed require good programming skills in Python or a similar high-level programming language


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Paco Lopez Dekker, phone: +31 (0)15-2782574, e-mail: F.LopezDekker@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, proof of English language proficiency, the abstract of your MSc thesis (one page), and a letter of application in a single PDF file entitled “CiTG18.16_Lastname.pdf”. Please e-mail your application by 27 April 2018 to Dian Verbunt, Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CITG18-16.