Open positions

Postdoctoral Fellow Position

SFU SARlab and the NSERC MDA CSA Industrial Research Chair for Synthetic Aperture Radar Technology (SAR IRC), techniques, and Applications are currently looking to fill a one year postdoctoral fellow PDF position with extension possibility up to two years. The successful candidate should possess an electrical engineering, computing science, geophysics or physics degree and have an outstanding previous publication record in an area with relevance to SAR.

The advertised PDF position encompasses research and publication in one or more of the following key fields of SARlab’s research program covering airborne, spaceborne, ground-based radar sensors and their various applications: (i) Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) signal processing methods (including SAR raw data focusing and InSAR); (ii) novel SAR sensor development; (iii) mmWave and microwave interaction with stationary and moving matter relevant to SAR (experimental and FDTD simulation); (iv) Deep Learning Methods for SAR image analysis and data fusion, and (v) Coupling geophysical models with InSAR for natural hazards monitoring. The PDF is expected to contribute to SARlab through co-supervision of grad students, help organizing the SARlab weekly meetings, and also provide some limited teaching support to the SAR IRC.  

Remuneration is competitive, between CAD$50.000 and CAD$60.000 per year (before taxes) depending on experience. If you are interested and think you are qualified for the position please send your CV together with a brief outline of your proposed research for the PDF to Prof. Bernhard Rabus This is to arrange for an opportunity for suitable candidates to give a 30 min presentation about prior research and research plan to the SARlab research group.


Master and PhD Positions

We are always interested to hear from inspiring and talented people. If you are interested in a Master thesis or a PhD with our group please send an e-mail inquiry to Prof. Bernhard Rabus ( and include your CV, academic transcript and cover letter.

Students with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

  • Passionate research interest and a background in remote sensing
  • Solid programming skills (including C++ and Python)
  • Strong scientific writing skills and high motivation to produce publishable results
  • A very good command of English, both spoken and written, i.e. TOEFL IBT (overall score of 88 or better, minimum score of 20 in each of the four components: listening, speaking, writing, reading) or TOEFL PBT (paper based test, minimum score of 570, minimum essay score of 5)

What we offer:

  • Highly competitive 4-year funded Research Assistantship (RA) starting at CAD$20,000/yr (MSc) / CAD$24,000/yr (PhD) and increasing up to CAD$25,000/yr (MSc) / CAD$30,000/yr (PhD) e.g., after publishing a first paper. Through the School of Engineering Science's Graduate Fellowship (GF) and/or Teaching Assistantship Program (TA), applicants generally receive an additional CAD$13,000/yr or more (this additional amount alone is sufficient to cover tuition fees).
  • Exceptional creative freedom in research and potential collaborations across SFU departments and other universities
  • Free access to all RADARSAT-2 satellite data and many other exclusive remote sensing data sets
  • Top-notch equipment such as a high-powered experimental GPU server and our own airborne SAR sensor
  • Passionate mentoring and supervision
  • Optional: direct project based collaboration with MDA, with the potential of future career possibility