Researcher in Physical Geodesy

DTU Space
Thursday 11 Apr 19

Apply for this job

Apply no later than 25 April 2019
Apply for the job at DTU Space by completing the following form.

Apply online

DTU invites applications for a researcher position in the area of physical geodesy, with special focus on airborne and satellite gravity field determination, and emerging physical geodesy research topics such as drone-based gravity, cold atom interferometry and future gravity field satellite missions.


DTU Space (the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark) carries out a broad suite of geodetic activities relating to gravity field science, including research in space, airborne and in-situ gravity field measurements, gravity field modelling and geoid determination, and the use gravity field temporal changes for climate change applications and geodynamics. DTU Space maintains the gravity networks of Denmark and Greenland, computes national geoid models, and does cooperative international geodetic projects with a large number of institutions, including the European Space Agency.

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position.

Responsibilities and tasks 
The researcher will carry out basic and applied research in physical geodesy and gravimetry, in close cooperation with the other researchers at DTU Space, initially focusing on development of airborne/drone gravimetry and its applications, especially for geoid determination and related space-based geodetic infrastructure. 

The researcher is also expected to participate in relevant national and international field projects, as well as contribute to science-based government advice on satellite and physical geodesy for the
Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency (SDFE), responsible for the geodetic infrastructure of Denmark and Greenland. 

The candidate is expected to contribute to teaching and supervision of MSc. and PhD students, at a level corresponding to 6 ECTS points.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), and in addition the candidate should have:

  • Experience with gravimetry, GNSS and inertial navigation
  • Experience from field campaigns
  • Demonstrated geodetic research potential through scientific papers
  • A strong work ethics and be a team player
  • Be able to master Danish or Scandinavian languages (or learn it within few months), especially due to the government advice tasks (SDFE and other governmental cooperation projects) 

The position will include significant travel activities to project meetings, conferences and field projects.

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

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external 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.

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position. After a maximum of 4 years, a researcher can be promoted to a senior researcher position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Professor René Forsberg, e-mail or tel.: +45 4525 9719.

You can read more about DTU Space at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 25 April 2019 (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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

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

DTU Space has about 155 employees, an annual turn-over of about 150 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. As the National Space Institute, DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space- & Astro-physics. 

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.