In 2013 the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), will have been hosting the user segment of both SPOT-VEGETATION instruments uninterruptedly for 15 years.
This activity includes the continuous processing, correction, archiving and distribution of the VEGETATION data and added-value products to scientific and commercial customers.
Obviously we will not let the occasion of this 15th anniversary pass unnoticed …. We will, amongst other activities, organize a contest to employ a PhD student at our Institute to work on the extensive VEGETATION (VGT)-archive for a 4-year period. Since VITO, as part of an industrial consortium, is developing the user segment of the ESA PROBA VEGETATION (PROBA-V) mission, methods or improved products based on PROBA-V can also be part of the PhD research. The PROBA-V context is however not a prerequisite. The PhD candidate selected in this contest will be fully funded by VITO. The research will be conducted in close cooperation with a University, which will also act as promotor of the PhD thesis, whereas the Scientific Coordinator of the Remote Sensing Unit (TAP) at VITO will act as co-promotor. Please find more information, as well as a link to the application form, at:
A tentative timeline for the contest described is as follows:
• September 2011: Publication of the announcement of opportunity
• December 2011: Deadline for proposal submission
• March 2012: Contractual issues and start of the PhD activities at VITO
• By mutual arrangement: start of the PhD
Taking part in this contest is exclusively possible via the VGT website. The process is self-explanatory, but if in doubt, please contact the VGT helpdesk at email@example.com
The VEGETATION Team.