Early Career Researcher for the Remote Sensing Working Group

Each year since 2020, the SIOS Remote Sensing Working Group (RSWG) offers an early career researcher (ECR) the opportunity to serve as an observer member of the working group. The ECR acts as a SIOS ambassador and assists in distributing news about SIOS remote sensing activities in ECR and other administrative and scientific networks. The selected ECR observer is expected to also contribute scientifically to WG activities. This engagement provides a platform for ECRs to become involved in an international organisation and develop important organisational skills.

--- The 2023 call is now closed ---

Eligibility criteria
  • Ph.D. student or Postdoc fellow/Researcher (up to 7 years past the Ph.D.) and working on a topic related to Earth Observation/Remote Sensing/Geoinformation applications in Svalbard or the Arctic.
  • Commitment to participate in the regular activities of RSWG for at least one year.
  • Commitment to attend the Polar Night Week (22-26 January 2023) in Longyearbyen.
  • Good command of the English language.
  • Actively participate in WG activities for up to two years.
  • Work closely with the SIOS Remote Sensing Officer and the RSWG Chair on routine activities e.g. organising meetings (~1 physical and 5 virtual per year), writing draft meeting minutes, following up on working group documents etc.
  • Making working group activities visible to ECR networks via email, social media, and other means.
  • Assisting RSWG in planning online events (conference, webinars).
  • Assisting in organising the annual remote sensing training course in September 2024.
  • In the first year, the ECR observer will receive travel, accommodation, and other expenses for attending the working group’s physical meeting during the Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. An extended stay (only during the first year) at SIOS Knowledge Centre would also be considered as per the requirements of SIOS Knowledge Centre and the interest of the candidate.
  • Travel, accommodation costs and other expenses to attend the remote sensing training course in September 2024.
  • The ECR observer would get a chance to learn the working style of an international organisation and the opportunity to expand their network while working with working group members and during Polar Night Week-2024.

Please note that the travel and accommodation costs to attend the Polar Night Week and the training course during the first year is the only financial support available for the ECR. This is a non-salaried position.


The total duration of the engagement of ECR is up to 2 (1+1) years.  

  • The first year runs from 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2024.  
  • In the second year (1 September 2024 to 31 August 2025), the ECR observer is encouraged to stay engaged in RSWG without any funding support from SIOS.  
  • After two years, the candidate may continue contributing to the working group voluntarily.
How to apply?

If you are interested in joining the RSWG fill out the application form below. You will need to upload your 2-page CV and 1-page statement of interest as two separate PDF files within the form.  


Your statement of interest must focus on  

  1. your research background,  
  2. experience in working with ECR networks e.g. APECS
  3. why are you interested in becoming the ECR observer on RSWG,  
  4. how would you contribute to RSWG activities,  
  5. how will this opportunity be beneficial for your research career.

Please note that you must register to the SIOS account if you are using the SIOS online form for the first time. New accounts are approved  during office hours (8:00-16:00 CEST Mon-Fri). Therefore, we recommend registering for an account well before the application deadline.

The selection procedure will be carried out by RSWG members. The evaluation will be based on your CV and the statement of interest. Applications from ECR affiliated to a SIOS member institution will be prioritised (Is your home institution a SIOS member?).

Timeline 2023

Application open: 30 June 2023

Application deadline: 1 August 2023

Selection phase: 01 August-  10 August 2023

Announcement of results: tentatively third week of August

Joining of the ECR observer: First week of September 2023