A Wervick | 2020-12-02

Professor in Satellite Geodesy at DTU Space

DTU Space, the National Space Institute, seeks a professor in Satellite Geodesy. The position is associated with the Section of Geodesy and Earth Observation that carries out research in the fields of geodesy and geoinformatics (GEO). The section is focusing on the development of satellite-based information within geodesy and solutions related to the development of the fundamental reference networks in Denmark, Greenland, and the Faeroe Islands. The GEO section has in total employed about 40 people.

The research field

The use of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) has evolved vastly through the last decades and is now an integrated part in many applications supporting professionals and citizens. Based on the new and improved satellite systems, especially the European GNSS Galileo, a variety of new and critical applications are expected to evolve further. This includes research in the needed positioning infrastructure to support autonomy and green transition by providing robust GNSS data. With this position, DTU Space aims at strengthening its position as key player in the field of GNSS positioning and navigation in Denmark including close collaboration with the authorities as well as internationally and the relevant organisations.

Responsibilities and tasks

The candidate is expected to take a leading role in developing the strategic research within satellite geodesy where real-time robust positioning and methodologies related to reference frames are important focus areas. The candidate will be leading the GNSS research group and be the main driver for the development of the group with about 10 people in total. 

The successful candidate is equally expected to take a leading role within these main tasks: 

  • Developing the research supporting public sector consultancy in the field of positioning and reference frames and
  • Development of geodetic and geoinformatic 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.

More additional responsibilities and tasks are: 

  • Strengthen the research in high accuracy GNSS positioning and navigation including analysis and modelling of error sources such as ionospheric effects, multipath, jamming and spoofing
  • Lead, promote and further develop the fields of geodesy and navigation with a special focus on Galileo and EGNOS, and other relevant facilities and infrastructures
  • Lead and develop strategic research related to GNSS addressing needs of the public sector and take lead in relevant national and international committees and working groups
  • 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 GNSS across DTU
  • Attract major external funding
  • Take part in the management of the section geodesy and earth observation

The section 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 Civil Engineering and DTU Environment.


The candidate must have the following qualifications:

  • A high level of original scientific production at international level, which has contributed to further development of the area 
  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development 
  • Collaboration with industry and public authorities 
  • Experience in designing and preparing successful applications for public or private funding of large research projects 
  • Documented experience in research management, including the handling of management assignments in national or international projects, research programmes, conferences etc.
  • Knowledge and insight into geoinformatic topics: GIS and mapping
  • Experience teaching geodesy and GNSS and possible geoinformatic topics at university level
  • Experience supervising and guiding PhD students and Post Docs.

Furthermore, we seek a team-player that:

  • Are motivated by both individual and team accomplishments
  • Believe in dialogue and feedback as the best foundation for sound decision-making 
  • Motivate others and strive to develop their talent 


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision 
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership and collaboration
  • Communication skills

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

Further information 

Further information may be obtained from Michael Schultz Rasmussen, tel.: +45 2053 3230, Email msr@space.dtu.dk

You can read more about DTU Space at www.space.dtu.dk

Application procedure 

Please submit your online application no later than 1 February 2021 (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) addressed to the President
  • CV
  • A vision for future research
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above 
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org/)
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

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