DTU Space | 2022-02-24

Senior Researcher in Physical Geodesy at DTU Space

DTU Space, the National Space Institute, seeks a Senior Researcher in Physical Geodesy. The position is associated with the division of Geodesy and Earth Observation (GEO) that carries out research in the fields of geodesy. The division is focusing on the development of satellite-based information within geodesy and solutions related to the development of the fundamental reference networks in Denmark and Greenland. The GEO section has in total employed ca 40 people, including approx.10 PhD students.

Gravity field research in geodesy and geophysics include satellite, in-situ, marine and airborne gravity campaigns. The field has undergone important developments in the last decades, with gravity field being an important element in the global geodetic observing system and a fundamental part of reference networks. New satellite missions and ongoing developments in hardware and methodology give exciting new ways to map and use the gravity field, resulting in more accurate geoid models at local, regional and global level, understanding the earth structure, and providing key data for mass changes and associated climate-related research. DTU Space is at the forefront globally in many of these fields.

Responsibilities and qualifications

The candidate is expected to take a leading role in developing the strategic research within satellite gravity field research, developing methodologies for analysis and utilization of next generation gravity field missions, including future cold atom based technologies. The candidate will be part of the DTU Space gravity field research group, and will eventually be the leading scientist for the development of the group with a staff of 4-5 people and associated PhD students. It is expected that the candidate will be a main driver and contribute to a successful generational change and consequently have an ambition to qualify as a professor within the near future. The successful candidate is equally expected to take a leading role within these main tasks: 

  • Research in physical geodesy and related geophysics areas, including use of gravity field satellites for climate related research
  • Developing the research supporting public sector consultancy in the field of gravity, geoid and reference frames, including geoid determination
  • Develop, plan and execute field campaigns acquiring gravimetric data in support of national, polar and international surveys (absolute, relative, ground, marine and airborne) 
  • Attract external funding and building up the research group 

Additional responsibilities and tasks are: 

  • Develop strategic research related to gravity fields addressing needs of the public sector and take lead in relevant national and international committees and working groups, in bodies like IAG (geodesy), NKG (Nordic geodesy) and ESA
  • Be a driving force in dissemination of results of strategic research and perspectives to the public, sector and relevant committees
  • Establish new and strengthen existing networking with the private sector and establish collaboration projects on innovation related to Gravity fields across DTU institutes
  • Take part in the management of the Gravity Field section in GEO
  • Take a lead role in in the development of geodetic education and teaching at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels within both the ESPE program (Earth and Space Physics and Engineering) and other relevant DTU educational programs. DTU can provide Danish language courses enabling the candidates to teach in Danish within 2-3 years.

The division of Geodesy and Earth Observation contributes actively to Arctic DTU, Security DTU, and DTU Space Drone Centre. Parts of the teaching is coordinated with DTU Environment.


You must also have:

  • Demonstrated experience through advanced research in gravity field related matters 
  • Experience with research in space geodesy an advantage (gravity field missions / altimetry)
  • Experience with governmental survey needs and activities 
  • Field work experience, gravity-field related and/or GNSS

As a formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc. To be appointed as a senior researcher, you must have completed a didactic/pedagogic education. If you do not have the necessary education, then it is possible to complete this requirement within a period of two years of appointment.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience 
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience 
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment 

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information 

Further information may be obtained from Professor René Forsberg, rf@space.dtu.dk, tel. +45 4525 9719 or Head of Geodesy and Earth Observation Michael Schultz Rasmussen, msr@space.dtu.dk, tel. +45 20533230


You can read more about the division at https://www.space.dtu.dk/english/Research/Research-Divisions/Geodesy-and-Earth-Observation

DTU Space: https://www.space.dtu.dk/english

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. 


Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 10 April 2022 (Danish time). Apply at www.career.dtu.dk 

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research 
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience 
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


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