PhD Position in Machine Learning for GNSS data analysis


    Website ETH Zurich

    You will be part of the Chair of Space Geodesy, a newly established research group around Prof. Benedikt Soja that will focus on the application of machine learning techniques to geodetic problems, including automated data processing and large-scale time series analysis. Additionally, you will benefit from collaborating with members of the Chair of Mathematical and Physical Geodesy (Prof. Rothacher) with vast experience in geodetic satellite data analysis.

    Job description

    We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work on the application of machine learning to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) data analysis. The selected candidate will develop and implement machine learning algorithms for the refined processing of GNSS observations to estimate geodetic parameters of highest quality. Depending on the previous experience of the candidate, specific parameters, such as tropospheric, ionospheric or Earth orientation parameters, will be investigated in greater detail. Of particular interest will be the detection of patterns and anomalies in the geodetic observations and resulting products.

    Your profile

    Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in geodesy, geosciences, physics, informatics, computational sciences or a related field. The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills as well as experience in data processing and programming. A solid background in either machine learning/data science or space geodesy would be ideal for this PhD position. A very good command of the English language is mandatory. Good interpersonal skills and the willingness to work in an international team of researchers and students are expected.


    We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: Letter of motivation, CV and list of publications, electronic copies of university transcripts and certificates, contact details of two referees.

    Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. The application deadline is January 31, 2021.

    Further information about the Chair of Space Geodesy and the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry can be found on our website For further information, please contact Prof. Benedikt Soja at [email protected] (no application documents) or [email protected] (no application documents).