[ES_JOBS_NET] Last call (deadline Feb. 1, 2016) - Join PhD opening (Purdue - UPC Barcelona)

Tanamachi, Robin L rtanamachi at purdue.edu
Fri Jan 19 12:45:30 MST 2018

Signal Processing at the CommSensLab Excellence Unit of the Universitat Politècnica de
Catalunya (UPC) in collaboration with the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary
Sciences (EAPS) at Purdue University, U.S.A.

Remote Sensing data processing and fusion: Atmospheric Boundary-Layer monitoring in the context of severe storm hazards

Synergetic remote sensing of the atmosphere, combined with adaptive/data-fusion techniques, offers
unprecedented opportunities to characterise the evolution of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer (ABL) and its
critical role in the development of severe storms and associated hazards. Using long-duration, highresolution,
vertically pointing observations from active and passive ground-based remote sensing systems
including, e.g., ceilometers, Doppler lidar, FMCW radar, and new technologies of microwave radiometers, it
is expected to characterise ABL development over distinct regions that are well known for their relatively
high tornado frequency.
The candidate, working at UPC, will address data-fusion techniques based on adaptive estimation and/or
machine learning that are to provide automated or semi-supervised identification of ABL top in nonprecipitation
observations, as well as classification metrics. Verification of ABL heights against independent
observations from a wealth of remote-sensing instruments across collaborating U.S. research institutions
(including e.g., Purdue University, NOAA and Univ. of Massachusetts) will also be a goal. A collaborative visit
to Purdue University with a duration of 3-6 months is anticipated. Larger mobility periods to the US can be
envisaged upon criteria of productivity, excellence and candidate's needs (on a case-by-case basis, e.g., US
residents). The proposed work is expected to fill knowledge gaps related to characterisation and forecasting
of ABL phenomena.
The preferred funding instrument for this position is the La Caixa bank-foundation fellowship (see below).
This program emphasizes heavily the importance of high-quality, scholarly publication. Tentatively, Ph.D.
fellows are expected to publish no fewer than three (3) papers in top-tier journals in their respective fields
during their tenure, on topics related to their fellowship-funded research.
Candidate requirements:
(i) Post-doc profile: Recent Ph.D. in telecommunications, electronic engineering, or physics with application
to atmospheric remote sensing and data processing. Good English speaking and writing skills.
(ii) Ph.D. profile: Candidates should meet the academic requirements to enter the UPC Ph.D program. They
should hold a degree in telecommunications, electronic engineering, or physics with clear motivation to
study atmosphe?ric remote sensing and data processing. Good English speaking and writing skills are

Contact persons (Ph.D. advisors):
Francesc Rocadenbosch (CommSensLab, Dep. Of Signal Theory and Communications, Universitat Politècnica
de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, roca at tsc.upc.edu ) and
Robin L. Tanamachi (Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Purdue University,
Purdue, rtanamachi at purdue.edu )
About CommSensLab http://www.tsc.upc.edu/en/research/commsenslab (see also Remote Sensing Lab.
activity at http://www.tsc.upc.edu/en/research/rslab?


Robin L. Tanamachi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Office: HAMP 4259A
Phone: +1-765-496-2866
Amateur radio call sign: WX0RT
Faculty web page<http://www.eaps.purdue.edu/people/faculty-pages/tanamachi.html>
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