Immediate Vacancy Available for Master/PhD Position With Monthly Stipend

Immediate Vacancy Available for Master/PhD Position With Monthly Stipend (for Malaysian only); without monthly stipend (for International, but could benefit from the research facilities)

Project Title: Forecasting the Lake Water Level Variations using Satellite-based and Deep Learning Technique

Candidate with the following criteria is invited to apply:

  • Currently hold a Bachelor or Master degree in Civil, Environmental, Coastal, Marine, Computer, Big Data Engineering/GIS/Remote Sensing/Geomatics. Any other related area can be considered.
  • Positivity, team working and self-driven/discipline is a must. Good writing skills in English.
  • The candidate is expected for reasonable multi-tasking due to the provision of a monthly stipend of RM1800/RM2000 (Master/Ph.D.), includes, but not limited to field data collection and analysis, traveling, and academic paper published in reputable journals.
  • A candidate is expected to register as Full-Time Student in UTM Johor Bahru. A candidate is responsible for the cost of the tuition fees.
  • Intake commenced from October 2021 for 2 years (extension is possible depending on available funds).
  • Skills required: Basic programming and any Digital Image Processing Software.


  • Monthly stipend of RM1800/RM2000 (Master/PhD);
  • Workstation with conducive working space in our laboratory;
  • Facilities related to the research activities (e.g. data, a field trip for data collection, etc);

Interested candidate is invited to email your resume to

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nurul Hazrina Idris

Head of Tropical Map Research Group

Fellow Member of Geospatial and Digital Earth Centre (INSTeG)
Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru


For sustainable dam management, information such as lake levels is essential to understand the impact of climate change and extreme weather. Lake level is a key hydrological parameter, which is sensitive to both regional and climate variations, human disturbances and lake bathymetry changes. Water-level changes in lakes were traditionally derived from gauge data. While gauging stations can provide accurate water-level observations,
only limited gauged water-level measurements are available in remote areas, particularly in Temenggor Lake.
Temenggor Lake; located at Royal Belum Forest, is the second-largest dam in Malaysia supplying water for domestic use since 1999. Under the tropical climate conditions, the reservoir area is affected by the seasonal climate condition resulting in declining dam water level during the hot season, and flooding during the wet season. The technology of satellite altimetry has been widely used for monitoring inland waters for more than 30 years,
however, such study has yet to be conducted in Malaysia due to its’ relatively small size of lakes/rivers. Taking advantage of the recent and advanced technology of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) altimetry, the proposed project will exploit the high resolution and accurate lake level data from the Sentinel-3A satellite for forecasting the lake levels, which can help to evaluate the impact of climate change on regional water resources. This project is
related to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are goal 6: Clean Water and
Sanitation, goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and goal 14: Life below Water.

Dr. Nurul Hazrina Idris is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geoinformation, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She actives in conducting research related to Satellite Coastal Altimetry, Marine Remote Sensing, and Coastal Geophysical Studies in Relation to Climate Change.

Dr. Nurul received a PhD in the field of Civil Engineering from The University of Newcastle Australia in 2014. She also one of the recepient of the prestigious award of Australia Endeavour Fellowship in 2018.

She is an active associate members of INSTEG Centre of Excellent, and the member of TropicalMap Research Group. Through her career as an academician, she has published several papers in high impact journals.

Dr. Nurul would cordially invite personals who enthusiastic in the research particularly in the area of coastal geophysical studies, climate change, & Marine remote sensing to join her research teams.
Some research funding to support students might be available from time to time. Kindly email your resume along with your brief research proposal to

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