International Cartographic Conference 2019 – ECS Opportunities

ICA Scholarships

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) is now considering applications for grants to support individuals in advancing their career in cartography and GIScience to the benefit of the ICA community. ICA scholarships for young scientists or professionals in cartography and GIScience can be used to participate in ICA events (International Cartographic Conferences, Regional Cartographic Conferences, or Commission workshops). Details are available at The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. Note that a letter of support from the ICA National Delegate must accompany the application. For the US, please contact Aileen Buckley,, for the letter of support.

ICC 2019 LOC Travel Grants

The Local Organizing Committee of ICC 2019) announces the availability of travel grants to subsidize the costs of participation in the conference. Please see details at Duplication is allowed to applying to the ICA scholarship. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019.

A-WEAR European Joint Doctorate

Dear colleagues,
The A-WEAR European Joint Doctorate has just begun and we have opened a call for applications. A total of 15 positions are offered to candidates holding a recent Master’s degree. We would like to make you aware that some of the positions offered will especifically address research in positioning and localisation technologies.
Please find below the detailed call for applications.
On behalf of the A-WEAR consortium,
Estefanía and Joaquín
Call for Applications – 15 PhD Positions
Marie Marie Sklodowska-Curie EJD, European Joint Doctorate
A-WEAR: A network for dynamic wearable applications with privacy constraints
Dear colleagues,
Applications are invited for 15 full-time PhD student positions (called Early Stage Researchers or ESR) for joint and double PhD degrees for 36 months. The positions are offered within the A-WEAR European Joint Doctorate (
action of the highly appreciated EU-funded Marie Skłodowska Curie grants (grant # 813278).
We offer the possibility of PhD graduation with double or joint PhD certificate from two EU universities (research area is wearable computing). The positions are fully funded for a 36-month period. The applicants can choose their position in one of five top-level universities in Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Romania, or Spain and complement their experience within periods of up to 15 months of cross-country and industrial secondment by working with the highly committed industrial partners of the action in the above-mentioned countries.
The starting times will be during the Fall 2019. The application deadline is on 28th of February 2019. The results of the selection process are expected to be announced by end of April 2019.
More information below; please check carefully the eligibility conditions:
Please, do not hesitate to contact us for any further clarification at .
Available Positions
ESR1. Energy-efficient edge computing based gateways for wearable networks. Employer: Tampere University, Finland. Double PhD degree with Universita Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy.
ESR2. Large-scale crowdsourcing-based wearables data gathering and processing. Employer: Tampere University, Finland. Joint PhD degree with Universitat Jaume I, Spain.
ESR3. Privacy-aware approaches for wireless IoT localization on wearable devices. Employer: Tampere University, Finland.  Double PhD degree with University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania.
ESR4. 5G and mmWave capabilities in wearable applications. Employer: Tampere University, Finland. Joint PhD degree with Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic.
ESR5. Cloud Platform for context-adaptive positioning and localization on wearable devices. Employer: Universitat Jaume I, Spain. Joint PhD degree with Tampere University, Finland.
ESR6. Collaborative techniques for infrastructureless Indoor Positioning Systems. Employer: Universitat Jaume I, Spain. Joint PhD degree with Tampere University, Finland.
ESR7. Urban Mobility: balancing usefulness and privacy. Employer: Universitat Jaume I, Spain. Joint PhD degree with Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic.
ESR8. Centimeter level accuracy for IoT localization of wearable devices. Employer: University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania. Double PhD degree with Tampere University, Finland.
ESR9. Industrial wearables for work safety. Employer: University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania. Double PhD degree with  Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic.
ESR10. Wearables for ehealth. University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania. Double PhD degree with Universita Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy.
ESR11. Low latency machine learning and data mining for wearable devices. Employer: Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. Joint PhD degree with Tampere University, Finland.
ESR12. Reliable and low-latency communication technologies for industrial wearable applications. Employer: Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. Joint PhD degree with Tampere University, Finland.
ESR13. Privacy-enhancing technologies and privacy-enhancing cryptography for wearables. Employer: Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. Joint PhD degree with Universitat Jaume I, Spain.
ESR14. Social-aware discovery and data exchange among IoT devices over Edge Computing platforms. Employer: Universita Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy. Double PhD degree with Tampere University, Finland.
ESR15. New Architecture, communication and networking protocols for supporting 5G-IoT wearable devices connectivity. Employer: Universita Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy. Double PhD degree with with Universitat Jaume I, Spain.
Estefanía Aguilar Moreno

Institute of New Imaging Technologies (INIT)
Geospatial Technologies Research Group  // @geotecUJI
Espaitec 2, 5th floor
Office UB-1518
Phone +34 964 387686
Universitat Jaume I, E-12006, Castellón de la Plana, Spain

Full-time PhD position (2019-2022)

Overview of the position

We are looking for a PhD student who will join the Social and Economic Geography (SEG) research group at the Geography Department of Ghent University. The appointed PhD student will work on the project titled “The happy commuter. A life-oriented approach of commuting satisfaction”, funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and supervised by prof. Frank Witlox and dr. Jonas De Vos. This PhD position is part of a joint project together with the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), where dr. Veronique Van Acker supervises the project. We are seeking a candidate for a 4-year term. At Ghent University the PhD student will work at one of the leading universities in Western Europe. The SEG research group has conducted high-quality research on travel behaviour over the past years, collaborating intensively with experts in the field from universities abroad.

Project summary

In order to understand commuting satisfaction and how it changes over time, this project will use a life-oriented approach. This approach is based on a life course research design of mobility behaviour while also paying attention to the interaction with other life domains such as residential environment, employment and time use. Such a longitudinal research design adds a dynamic layer to the presently-dominant static interpretation of commuting satisfaction. The project will evaluate the interaction between commuting satisfaction and the decision to move to another residential location or to change workplaces.

Required qualifications

– MSc degree in Geography (and broader social sciences), Spatial planning, Transport planning/ engineering, or related field

– Excellent written and oral communication in English

– Knowledge of Dutch is an asset, but not a requirement

– Knowledge of statistical analyses (e.g., SPSS, AMOS), and GIS applications and techniques are an asset

– Familiarity with travel behaviour literature is an asset

Conditions of employment

We offer a full-time position (38 hours/week) for a period of four years (2 + 2 years). The net monthly salary is € 1897.76 minimum (depending on experience) + benefits. Employees of Ghent University have 39 days of (paid) leave per year. The PhD student will have office space at Ghent University’s campus “Sterre”. Ghent University is an equal employer institute.

Application instructions

All individuals interested in this position must submit a motivation letter and CV (in PDF) to prof. Frank Witlox ( and dr. Jonas De Vos ( by January 31th, 2019. The appointed PhD student is expected to start April 2019.

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Nico Van de Weghe

Professor in Geomatics

T +32 9 264 47 12

Department of Geography

Research group CartoGIS

Campus Sterre, S8, Krijgslaan 281, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium (Office location)

2 PhD positions in Question-based Analysis of Geographic Information with Semantic Queries

Job description

In the age of big data, geographic information has become a central means for data scientists of various disciplines to embed their analysis into a spatio-temporal context, from human mobility patterns and social inequality to the investigation of personal health. However, as the variety of data sources and software available on the Web increases, it becomes more and more impossible to comprehend and utilize all tools and data available to answer geo-analytical questions. Hence, whenever a functionality is needed but not available in one tool, analysts are forced to reformulate their questions in terms of technicalities of another tool or other datasets. This procedure does not scale with the increasing variety of geo-analytic sources on the web, preventing analysts from tapping its full potential. Consider, in contrast, how easy it is for a user of a digital smartphone assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa to ask a question like “What is the weather today?” and get back an answer from the Web. It would mean a tremendous breakthrough if analysts could similarly ask questions in order to get the tools and data required to answer them. Unfortunately, geo-analytic technology currently cannot handle questions.

To realize this vision, it is necessary to understand how geo-analytic resources can be captured with the questions they answer. The QuAnGIS project, a 5-year research project at Utrecht University, starting in January 2019 funded by the European Research Commission (ERC), develops a theory about interrogative spatial concepts needed to turn geo-analytical questions into a machine-readable form using Semantic Web and Question-Answering (QA) technology. Concepts include “spatial core concepts” field, object, network, event (Kuhn 2012), as well as analytical concepts such as accessibility, exposure, density, distance and aggregation. In this form, questions can be matched with the capacity of major analytical GIS tools and data sources on the Web.

The 2 PhD positions in this project focus on the semantic concepts required and the information technology needed to enable GIS analysts to formulate questions and to retrieve resources for analysis. This involves the following two questions:

  • PhD 1: How can geo-analytical questions be captured in terms of semantic queries in a machine readable way? This involves an ontological investigation into spatial concepts and geo-analytical questions in project scenarios and literature, into the expressiveness of query languages, as well as into technical interfaces to let users formulate spatial questions for analysis.
  • PhD 2: How can the intention of geo-analytical resources (data and tools) be described in terms of the questions they answer? This involves an investigation into GIS tools and their functionality in terms of spatial concepts, as well as standard web data sources, and how both can be linked using semantic concepts. The purpose is to build an integrated extensible Web repository about analytical tools and data sources.

Important tasks of the PhD candidates are:

  • conducting scientific research in the fields of Geospatial Semantics, Geographic Information Science, Ontology Engineering, and Semantic Web relevant to handling spatial questions and analytic resources;
  • collection and semantic description of geographic information scenarios for developing a gold standard of question-answers as well as analytic (web) resources for geospatial analysis (filling web repository with content);
  • perform user studies for specifying test scenarios and for testing both the question formulation interface as well as the tool/data repository with geospatial analysts;
  • publication of results in scientific journals and presentation in high quality international conferences in these fields;
  • organizing multi-stakeholder meetings and workshops to test and discuss the technology;
  • to develop teaching skills, students are also expected to contribute to the teaching programme of the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning to a limited degree (up to 10%).

Your responsibilities are:

  • start with the project in February or later in 2019;
  • meet the goals/deadlines as set out in the project proposal;
  • complete a PhD thesis within the 4-year contract period.
We seek 2 highly motivated PhD candidates who have a strong interest in thinking about data semantics as well as geographic analytics and appropriate technology.

They should have:

  • a MSc degree in Geographic Information, Computer Science, Data Science or Geography;
  • analytical skills and interest in geographic data analysis;
  • strong scientific writing skills;
  • interest in academic theory development and abstraction as well as theory application;
  • affinity with scientific research in Geospatial Semantics, GIScience or Semantic Web;
  • experience with Semantic Web technology, GIS technology or Data Science technology;
  • experience with Web data sources and corresponding APIs, such as OSM;
  • solid abilities in programming and application development are needed. Experience in Web programming, Semantic Web development or Machine Learning is a bonus;
  • independent, pro-active working style;
  • motivation to work in an international team;
  • excellent communication skills (written and verbally) in English.
You will initially be offered a full-time position for the duration of one year. Upon a good performance the contract will be extended to a total period of four years, with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period.

The gross monthly salary starts at €2,266 in the first year, and ends at €2,897 in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% per year and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. In addition, we offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions.

Facilities for sports and child care are available on our main campus (where the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning is situated), which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.​_

The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old centre and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the Netherlands.

The Faculty of Geosciences conducts education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With a complement of 2,600 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 staff, the Faculty is a strong organisation. The Faculty is organised in four Departments: Innovation, Environmental & Energy Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, and Human Geography & Spatial Planning.

The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has its focus on the enhancement of long-term economic developments of cities, how to cope with social inequalities and how to ensure a healthy urban living. Research on these topics takes place within our research programme “Urban Futures: Transitions Towards Economic and Social Sustainability for Cities”.

Our research programme is the basis for our Research Master Human Geography and Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA) and Professional Master in Human Geography, International Development Studies and Spatial Planning. The Department runs also a large and highly appreciated Bachelor Programme and is part of the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research for PhD candidates.

The project team is part of a new Geographic Information Methods (GIM) interest group within the Social Urban Transitions (SUT) research programme in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. It is linked to the Healthy Urban Living research group comprising a wide variety of researchers, for instance with backgrounds in transport Geography, Epidemiology, Urban Geography, and Health Sciences. It is also linked to the Vitality Data Centre, a project involving data scientists and researchers interested in methods for assessing physical activity and health.

Additional information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Simon Scheider via
To apply, please use the button below and attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae (in English) and e-mail address of at least one referee.

In your motivation letter, please indicate your priority with respect to the two PhD topics.

Apply before December 7, 2018. Interviews will be held in January 2018. The candidate is expected to start in February 2018 or later.

The application deadline is

PhD position in cloud-based storage models for LiDAR data

PhD position in cloud-based storage models for LiDAR data

A doctoral candidate in computer science is sought to join an interdisciplinary, multinational team, to develop better risk communication tools for urban dwellers at risk of flooding. A PhD fellowship is offered in the School of Computer Sciences, University College Dublin. The position is funded through the international, multi-disciplinary collaboration “UrbanARK: Assessment, Risk Management, & Knowledge for Coastal Flood Risk Management in Urban Areas”, a US-Ireland R&D Programme Funded project that will bring together teams from New York University in the US, Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland, and University College Dublin in Ireland.

The PhD researcher will join multiple new research posts funded by the UrbanARK project across QUB, UCD and NYU and supported by the UrbanARK research team of eight (8) leading academic researchers.  The multinational project brings together leading researchers across the areas of geomatics, spatial data analysis, hydrology, computer science and risk communication to investigate innovative approaches for the collection and management of spatial data to refine flood risk assessments for urban coastal cities and to support immersive risk communication tools.

The successful applicant will work to develop a new cloud-based storage model combined with new methods for parallel query processing in the context of flood risk assessment under the supervision of Prof. Michela Bertolotto ( and Dr. Nhien-An Le-Khac ( Applicants should have experience and/or interest in high performance computing, spatio-temporal databases, cloud computing, Map-Reduce programming, advanced information systems, and data analytics.

Eligibility criteria: applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours undergraduate degree and/or or an MSc in a relevant subject.

The scholarship covers the University fees and a stipend averaging €18,500 per annum for the duration of four years. The application should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae (including the names and contact details of two referees), an example of your writing (e.g., publication, thesis, report, dissertation, etc.), and should be sent to Prof. Michela Bertolotto ( or Dr. Nhien-An Le-Khac (

Expected start date: Jan. 1st, 2018.

Deadline for applications: Nov. 20th, 2018.

Stipendia do Ruska, Německa, Švýcarska, Maďarska

Blížící se termín odevzdání přihlášek na stipendijní pobyty:


  1. 10. 2018 proRusko
  2. 11. 2018 proNěmecko (DAAD)
  3. 11. 2018 proŠvýcarsko
  4. 11. 2018 do 12:00 hodin proMaďarsko

Rusko nabízí celkem 15 stipendijních míst pro akademické pracovníky a pracovnice VŠ  a 4 stipendijní místa pro studenty DSP.

DAAD nabízí stipendia pro absolventy všech oborů, výzkumná stipendia pro studenty DSP, výzkumná stipendia pro studenty DSP v rámci doktorátu s dvojím vedením, výzkumné pobyty pro VŠ učitele a vědce, pracovní pobyty pro VŠ učitele v oborech architektura a umění, nová pozvání pro bývalé stipendisty.

Švýcarsko nabízí stipendijní pobyty pro studenty a absolventy DSP a absolventy MSP společenských a přírodovědeckých oborů a medicíny a stipendijní pobyty pro studenty konzervatoři a VŠ uměleckých směrů.

Maďarsko nabízí studijní pobyty pro studenty BSP, MSP a DSP, výzkumné pobyty pro VŠ učitele a letní kursy maďarštiny.

Prosím Vás o předání těchto informací všem potencionálním zájemcům, institutům a ústavům a velice děkuji za spolupráci!

S přáním hezkého dne,

Sabine Borovanská


Sabine Borovanská, M.A.

Odborná referentka
Akademická informační agentura

Oddělení bilaterálních a multilaterálních programů

Tel.: (+420) 221 850 504


Funded PhD positions at Temple University

Funded PhD positions at Temple University
Department of Geography and Urban Studies

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the possibility of two funded doctoral position beginning January 2019. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 7, 2018. The doctoral program focuses on geographic approaches to the study of urban processes and conditions in US and international settings. Our emphasis is on the themes of globalization, sustainability, social justice, and geographical methods. We train our students to conduct theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded research in urban and metropolitan settings, understand interdisciplinary and integrative analyses of complex urban processes and problems, and specialize in techniques for urban analysis with an emphasis on GIS, spatial statistics, and qualitative methods.

The position is supported through a teaching assistantship that provides a stipend plus tuition remission. For more information on conditions of employment please The program serves full-time students. Priority is given to students with a Master’s degree in a relevant field.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 7, 2018. For more information, please contact Hamil Pearsall, Graduate Chair, at For more information about the department please see To apply, please see the Phd in Geography and Urban Studies on the Graduate Bulletin:

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and the University especially encourages applications from women and minorities.

Hamil Pearsall
Temple University

GIScience PhD opportunity at the University of St Andrews: Modelling geomagnetic bird navigation

I’m looking for a candidate for a 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship in GIScience. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and is a collaboration between the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Germany. The studentship starts in October 2018.

The project will model how migratory birds use the information in the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way during their long journeys. We will employ a big data analytics approach to better understand what strategies the birds use for their navigational feats. For this, we will collect real geomagnetic data in UAV surveys and simulate bird navigation through these data using Agent-Based Modelling. This is primarily a data science project, however, the work will be fully informed with biological knowledge through the collaboration with MPIO.

The project would suit an excellent candidate with an interest in movement analytics and an MSc in GIScience/ Geoinformatics or a related discipline. Prior experience with working with geomagnetic data (either from satellite or terrestrial sources) is a plus.

More info here or in the attached pdf:

Application DL: 15 Aug 2018.  

Note that this opportunity is limited to UK/EU citizens.

I would appreciate if you could, please, forward this ad to anyone who might be interested. Thank you in advance.

Urska Demsar.


Dr Urska Demsar
Lecturer in Geoinformatics
School of Geography & Sustainable Development
University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

Leibniz Universität Hannover: 3 year PhD position

In the context of a DFG-funded Research Training Group (RTG) SocialCars, the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics (ikg) offers

A position of a Doctoral Researchers (salary scale 13TV-L, 3 years) starting at 1.4.2018.

The overall objective of the SocialCars RTG is to research new methods and applications of decentralized, cooperative traffic management. The SocialCars RTG is
based on the interdisciplinary collaboration of experts in the fields of traffic planning, psychology, computer science, communication, business informatics, and
geoinformatics. At the ikg the following PhD-topic is offered: automatic map generation for visual communication to control behavior in route choice.
Successful candidates will have an outstanding Master degree (or equivalent) in geoinformatics, cartography or computer sciences. In addition, strong computer
skills, ability for interdisciplinary and independent work as well as a very good command of the English language are required. The willingness to learn the German
language is mandatory.

We offer an attractive employment in an interdisciplinary team dealing with a highly topical research area. The structured program offers supportive and systematic
supervision and mentoring throughout the doctoral work.  Leibniz Universität Hannover and NTH strive to increase its proportion of female staff and specifically encourages qualified women to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent qualification for the position will be favored.

Further details about the RTG can be found on the SocialCars website ( Applications have to include a motivation letter and a description of your ideas concerning the topic of the thesis. Screening of applications will begin on 15 March 2018 and will end when the position is filled.

For further information you can also contact Prof. Monika Sester (+49 511 762 3588,
Prof. Monika Sester
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Katedra für Kartographie
und Geoinformatik, Appelstraße 9a, 30167 Hannover