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Ph.D. Candidate “Autonomous UAV Data Acquisition for 3D City Modeling”

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Job description

You will work as a part of the UAV photogrammetry team at the EOS department. Your task is to develop the UAV image-based techniques that allow for the generation of detailed 3D models even in challenging urban scenes. Technically, this implies developing an automated solution for efficient online multi-stage flight planning. After an initial flight, 3D models are reconstructed and then an assessment is followed to identify automatically the low-quality areas where the next UAV flight should be planned to generating highly detailed 3D building city models.

Your work focuses on the algorithmic and procedural sides and the development of prototype tools which implies a reasonable skill in programming.

The specific tasks of this work are (with specific requirements):

  • Design and implement an automated optimal flight planning algorithm.
  • Integrate and test the developed planning to the UAV platform in an urban scene.
  • Develop automated and reliable techniques for turning point clouds into highly detailed 3D city models (LOD2 or possibly LOD3).
  • Publishing research findings in scientific journals, presenting the outcome at international conferences, interacting with local and international scholars and practitioners.

Your profile

  • You have an MSc degree, obtained no more than 5 years ago, related to photogrammetry, Geomatics, machine vision, robotics, or another related discipline.
  • You are able to demonstrate your skills in the programming languages like (c++, c#, python).  
  • You master English at a professional level, both orally and in writing. This is the everyday language at work and the language of science.
  • Some limited contributions towards education may be required.
  • You have an affinity with a multi-cultural education environment, excellent work ethics, and commitment to the job

Our offer

We offer a position in an inspiring and challenging multidisciplinary and international environment for a period of four years. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch Universities.

  • A starting salary of € 2,395.00 in the first year and a salary of € 3,061.00 in the fourth year gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs;
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed.

Information and application

Additional information about this position can be obtained from Dr. Bashar Alsadik (email: b.s.a.alsadik@utwente.nl) and/or Prof. Dr. George Vosselman (email: george.vosselman@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 15 April 2021 (choose “apply here” below). Your application should include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page A4) emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications, and motivation to apply for this position;
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained;
  • A list of names including contact information of three references;
  • A short description (maximum 1 page A4) of your MSc (and other relevant) research

About the organization

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) 

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science (GIS) and earth observation. We use remote sensing and GIS for collecting spatial data. Our aim is to contribute to the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies. As part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, we ensure that everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people and society through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We also seek to sustain and expand our role as a leader in academic social entrepreneurship.

As an employer, the ITC Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

Ph.D. Candidate “Autonomous UAV Data Acquisition for 3D City Modeling”
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