Postdoctoral position in Planetary Climate Modelling

Tuesday 02 Nov 21

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DTU Space (the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark) invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral research position in planetary climates to work with Senior Researcher Dr. João Mendonça. The successful applicant is expected to have experience in planetary modelling, including atmospheric or interior modelling, and will join the Exoplanet Group at DTU. The Exoplanet Group focuses on understanding and characterising planets, with emphasis on the abundant small exoplanets ranging from Earth-size to Neptune-size. The group also works on Solar System science and is currently involved in projects focused on the climate of Venus, Mars and early Earth.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The new postdoctoral researcher will primarily work on Venus science and the characterisation of terrestrial extrasolar planets. The successful applicant is expected to have research experience in planetary sciences (e.g., planetary atmospheres and/or interiors). During the 3-year appointment, the successful applicant will contribute to the ESA EnVision mission science and will also be able to conduct his/her/their independent research, increasing the group's model expertise. The start date is flexible but expected to be in the fall of 2022.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent by the start of the appointment. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU, and a natural interest in collaboration and personal responsibility.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognised for excellence in 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 characterised 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 annual salary is approximately 491,800 DKK (~76,600 USD), including pension. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The postdoctoral position is held for three years at the Technical University of Denmark.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from: Dr. Joao Mendonca, email:

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 December 2021 (Danish time).

Shortlisted candidates will be informed in late January 2022 and will be invited to an interview. We expect to extend formal offers in late February/early March 2022.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file (except for the recommendation letters) 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 – max. 1 page)
  • Research proposal (max. 3 pages)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Contact information for 2 references. The references will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation if the applicant is selected to the interview phase.

Applications 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
The Institute has about 145 employees, an annual turn-over of about 140 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. In the Astrophysics and Atmospheric Division, current focus areas cover exoplanets, 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.

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