Research Assistant (Synthetic Aperture Radar Data Processing)

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Al Ain, UAE

Ref: RP749-1411

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Job Description
The Electrical and Communications Engineering Department at the United Arab Emirates University is seeking a research assistant (i.e. PhD graduate student) on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imaging/Data Processing to support planned UAE Constellation of X-band SAR Satellites. The position involves strong interaction with the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC).

The research assistant should be knowledgeable in the areas of Remote Sensing, Signal Processing, and Programming, with interests in societal applications (e.g. target and change detection, classification etc.), and should be able to conduct independent research on these topics.

The goal is to develop the required software tools to process raw SAR data, calibrate them, and implement some of the applications described above. In preparation, data from other SAR missions will be used, as well as from the ground-based SAR prototype that will be developed in a parallel PhD Thesis.


Minimum Qualification
- M.Sc. in Electrical or Computer Engineering, or a relevant field (e.g. Electronics, Telecommunications Engineering)
- Knowledge on Remote Sensing, Signal Processing, and C, Matlab and other scientific/technical programming languages.
- Ability to develop stand-alone software applications and document them.
- Good technical writing and oral skills in native language and English
- Flexible, motivated, collaborative, and willing to work in a team

Preferred Qualification
- Experience in SAR data processing (raw data, and at higher levels)
- Experience in Software projects: requirements generation, version control, task distribution, validation and verification
- Ability to work with junior students and mentor them.

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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Research Assistant salaries in UAE

Average monthly compensation
AED 8,500

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