Rolf Dach | 2019-09-19

New position at the Astronomical Institute, University of Bern

The Satellite geodesy research group of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern (AIUB) offers the position of a Research Assistant.

The focus of the activities will be in the field of extending the capability of the Bernese GNSS Software package for


Based on the initial developments at IAPG at TUM (Institute of Astronomical and Physical Geod-esy; Technical University of Munich) the full capability of an analysis center of the IVS (Interna-tional VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astronomy) shall be established using the Bernese GNSS Software package. This development shall be carried out in a close cooperation with BKG (Fed-eral Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, Frankfurt am Main, Germany). The activity is estab-lished in the frame of the institutional collaboration of the “Center for Orbit Determination in Eu-rope (CODE)”. The development shall allow in future research in the field of a combined analysis of VLBI and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) measurements. It is of course intended that the suc-cessful candidate shall start with scientific experiments in that field as soon as some functionality is available.


The candidate is expected to have successfully completed the master thesis (diploma / “Lizentiat”) in astronomy, geodesy, physics, or a related topic. Experience in VLBI and/or GNSS data pro-cessing or in using the Bernese GNSS Software package, and in computer science (coding in modern Fortran, C++, or perl) are not a requirement, but an advantage. The candidate should be able to speak and write English fluently. The candidate should start working in Bern as soon as possible. The position is scheduled for three years. The salary follows the guidelines of the University of Bern and depends on the qualification of the successful candidate. Seite 2/2 Application: Applications (including CV, university diploma copies, possible references) should be received as soon as possible but no later than October 21, 2019 at the following address: 

Prof Dr. Rolf Dach 
Leiter Satellitengeodäsie Gruppe
Astronomisches Institut Universität Bern
Sidlerstrasse 5 CH-3012 Bern
Phone: ++41 31 631 85 93

Informal enquiries may be obtained at the above address as well. The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular women to apply for open positions.

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