Mechanical engineer for Astrophysics and Atmosphere Physics

fredag 08 nov 19

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Frist 5. december 2019
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Astrophysics and Atmosphere Physics Department at the Department of Space Research and technology, DTU Space seeks a mechanical engineer to be included in the Department's permanent Staff of engineers. DTU Space develops instruments and detectors to be used in space where they are used for research in astrophysics, the physics of the solar system and geodesy.

Design of Mechanics

The tasks will primarily be the design of structures for space research and for application on Earth.


Experience with space technology

Applicants must have a master's degree in mechanics and have knowledge of space environment and spacecraft instrumentation. In addition, we expect that the applicant has the following qualifications:

  • Experience with CAD design
  • Experience with the development of Finite Element models
  • Experience with structural analysis of FE models
  • Experience with the development of thermal models
  • Experience with analysis of thermal design

Furthermore we emphasize:

  • Willingness to cooperate and make decisions
  • Innovative thinking and the ability to perform in a busy environment
  • The ability to follow formal procedures

Space instrumentation imply a significant amount of documentation, the applicant must therefore have the ability to learn and understand ESA and NASA requirements for space instrumentation, and must therefore be able to speak, read and write in English.


What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer a great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

Salary and appointment terms

The position is rated at 37 hours per week. Your appointment and salary will be based on the collective agreement between the Danish State and the Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).


The workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus. Since a large part of the work is carried out in international cooperation, some travel activity must be expected.


Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 5 December 2019 (local time). Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates. 


If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Chief Engineer Søren Møller Pedersen, tel. 4525 9743.


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


DTU Space has about 165 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 departments 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-& Astrophysics


In the Astrophysics and Atmospheric Division, current focus areas cover large-scale structure of the universe, physics of compact objects, space weather, upper atmosphere physics and cosmo-climatology as well as development of instrumentation, in particular high-energy instrumentation, i.e. X- and gamma ray detectors and -optics. The division is currently active in operation of instruments on and data analysis from three satellites. The division also runs four instrumentation laboratories and hosts a center for space weather research and forecasts.


Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup.