Research Assistant in UAVs and Aerodynamic Optimization

DTU Space
Wednesday 03 Oct 18

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1-year research assistant position, Geomagnetism Group, DTU Space, Denmark.
Focus on aerodynamic optimization of a newly developed VTOL hybrid fixed-wing UAV and UAV-towed magnetometer bird solutions.
Part of MuVerDrone (2018-2021) project funded by EIT-RM (European Institute of Technology & Innovation – Raw Materials).
Collaboration with Danish drone-developer Sky-Watch A/S.

The Geomagnetism Department at DTU Space (Denmark) currently leads two major UAV projects (MuVerDrone: 2018-2021 and UAV-QMS: 2017-2021) with the purposes of developing UAVs for UXO detection, archaeology, mineral exploration and geoscience research.
You can read about the projects at
We focus on integrating magnetic sensors on multirotor UAVs and VTOL hybrid fixed-wing UAVs. We test the systems in the field and use the data for real-life applications and fundamental research.
Our main focus is magnetic sensor systems for which we design and test towed magnetometer bird solutions as well as wing-tip installations.
Responsibilities and tasks
You will be responsible for the aerodynamic optimization of

  • a customized wing-tip magnetometer solution on a newly developed VTOL hybrid fixed-wing UAV.
  • newly developed towed magnetometer bird solutions for multirotor UAVs.
If time allows, we want you to look into an overall aerodynamic optimization of the VTOL hybrid fixed-wing UAV.
You are expected to collaborate closely with people on the project, including an aerospace mechanical engineer as well as PhDs/postdocs in geophysics in order to obtain not only an optimal aerodynamic design but also an optimal design seen from a magnetic data acquisition point of view.
Candidates must hold a master’s degree in engineering or similar focusing on aerodynamics.
Experience with one or more of the following fields is an advantage:

- Aerodynamic design, optimization and test of lightweight fixed-wing-type UAVs
- Computational Fluid Dynamic
- Aerodynamic design, optimization and test of hybrid VTOL and fixed-wing UAVs
- Production and material selection of small lightweight UAVs especially carbon fiber
- Wind tunnel setup and tests
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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

The workplace will be at DTU Space, Lyngby in Denmark (just outside Copenhagen).

Employment is limited to 1 year. Preferred starting date is December 1st  2018 or soon thereafter.
Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Arne Døssing, tel.: +45 45259773 or e-mail: .

You can read more about DTU Space on and about the ongoing magnetic drone projects on
Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 28 October 2018 (Local time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc)
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.

DTU Space is the national leader in magnetic measurements and UAV-based magnetic surveying. We offer an interesting workplace in an international environment.
The Geomagnetism Department currently holds 16-18 full-time employees (PhD students, postdocs, research assistants, scientists, engineers, administrative personnel) as well as 5-6 M.Sc. students. We specialize in all aspects of the Earth’s magnetic field.
Our group is very social and informal and we organize frequent group dinners. The “drone group” is a new and growing segment within the Geomagnetism Department. The group is led by Senior Scientist Arne Døssing. Besides A. Døssing the drone group currently consists of 1 PhD student (geophysics), 1 research assistant (geophysics), 1 research assistant (aerospace engineering), 1 upcoming postdoc (geophysics), 1 geomagnetic engineer, and 1 external consultant in aerospace-engineering.   
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.