Postdoc in Geomagnetism and Inverse Problems

DTU Space
tirsdag 08 jan 19

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DTU Space would like to invite applications for a Postdoc position starting in February 2019 on the topic of “Geomagnetism and inverse problems”. The position will be based in the Division of Geomagnetism whose research focuses on exploring the Earth and its environment using its magnetic field.


The Division of Geomagnetism uses satellite magnetic data, for example collected by ESA’s Swarm mission, together with ground observatory measurements, to monitor changes in the Earth’s magnetic field and to probe the underlying physical processes.  This Postdoc position focuses on developing and applying new techniques, based on novel data processing schemes and the methods of inverse theory, to modern and historical measurements of the geomagnetic field.

Responsibilities and tasks

The aim of this position is to develop, test, and apply schemes for studying the geophysical processes using magnetic data. This will involve using the computational tools of potential field modelling and inverse theory, as well as statistical data analysis. The work will involve writing, testing and optimizing software and applying this to satellite and ground-based magnetic field measurements.

  • You will be responsible for developing and applying new methods for inverting geomagnetic data to characterise geophysical processes of interest
  • You will apply the developed scheme to magnetic field data collected by ESA’s Swarm satellites
  • You will develop tools to rigorously appraise inversion results
  • You will rigorously test and optimize the software for use on a high performance computational cluster
  • You will develop and test the software, making it available in the form of open source codes to the scientific community
  • You will contribute to research-based teaching and running student projects in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering Programme
  • You will publish descriptions of the new modelling technique, and the results of its application to satellite magnetic data, in the international peer reviewed literature
  • You will present your research at international conferences
  • You will communicate effectively with colleagues and be able to work as part of a team to achieve ambitious goals

An important part of the work will be to collaborate closely with international partners, in particular in Univ. Edinburgh and the British Geological Survey (U.K.), and the Univ. Grenoble (France).

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

For this position, experience with geomagnetic data and computational solutions to inverse problems, is essential.  In particular

  • You must have experience working with satellite magnetic field data
  • You must be familiar with the tools of linear inverse theory
  • You must be familiar with spherical harmonic geomagnetic field modelling
  • You must have experience working with ground observatory data
  • You must have working knowledge of geomagnetic virtual observatories
  • You must have expertise programming in Matlab and a willingness to learn Python
  • You must have experience in code development and testing
  • You will have an interest in optimization of codes, especially on how to obtain best performance on large clusters
Furthermore, we are looking someone who has
  • Demonstrated the ability to publish at the highest-level in the international peer-reviewed research literature
  • Presentation skills appropriate for communicating research findings at international conferences
  • Passion to work on complex, challenging topics
  • Ability to thrive on collaboration and teamwork

Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU, as well as a natural interest in collaboration and personal responsibility.

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 an 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 with the relevant union.


The period of employment is 2 years. Workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus, approximately 15 km north of central Copenhagen.


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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Prof. C. Finlay, Division of Geomagnetism, DTU Space, +45 4525 9713.

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Application procedure:

Please submit your online application no later than 22 January 2019 (Local time)


To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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.


The Geomagnetism Department at DTU Space currently holds 17 full-time employees (PhD students, postdocs, research assistants, scientists, engineers, administrative personnel) as well as 5-6 M.Sc. students.


DTU Space (National Space Institute) is engaged in both basic research and technology development activities, and the Institute is characterized by strong interaction between technology and science.  DTU space has approximately 150 employees and on average 20 ph.d. students, working in diverse research fields from astrophysics, space instrumentation to earth observation and geodesy. Many projects are carried out in close cooperation with international space agencies (ESA, NASA and others), as well as national and international governmental organizations.


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.