Postdoc in Monitoring of Greenland Ice Sheet Changes from Remote Sensing

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DTU Space invites applications for a Postdoc position starting in August 2019 (or as soon as possible hereafter) on the topic of Monitoring of Greenland Ice Sheet changes from remote sensing from space and aircraft. The position will be based in the Geodynamics group, in the new Space Geodesy division, which has a strong focus on remote sensing of the cryosphere, both from satellites (radar satellite altimetry, lidar, gravity), airborne and in-situ campaigns and GNSS.


We are currently active in several national and international projects where we work on developing, implementing and validating methods for using satellite data to map the recent and current changes of the Earths cryosphere. Furthermore, we have extensive experience in carrying out field campaigns in the polar regions.


DTU Space contributes to both the national Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet (, the EU-funded Copernicus Climate Change Servide (C3S), and the ESA funded Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative ( with remote sensing products of e.g. elevation changes, mass changes, digital elevation models and ice sheet thickness. The Postdoc will contribute to the ongoing R&D work especially within the PROMICE and CCI+ projects, and contribute to the processing of satellite data within all the projects. A main research challenge be the development of high-resolution time series of ice mass changes from a combination of all available satellite data (e.g. altimetry, gravimetry, ice velocity), including use of new satellites (such as Sentinel-3,  IceSat-2 and GRACE-FO), as well as airborne lidar and radar data. The Postdoc will also be expected to contribute to the ongoing work of the research group in broader cryosphere-related matters and ongoing field campaigns both for land ice and for sea ice.

Responsibilities and tasks

The work will involve writing, testing and optimizing software and applying this to satellite and ground-based field measurements of the Greenland ice sheet.

  • You will optimize and develop methods to take full advantage of combining different satellite data sets
  • You will publish descriptions of the new findings 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
  • You will contribute to research-based teaching and running student projects in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering Programme
  • You will participate in DTU Space airborne fieldwork.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.


For this position, experience with Earth Observation data and computational solutions to inverse problems, is essential. We expect the candidate to have:

  • Experience in working with large satellite data sets and development of algorithms
  • At least basic knowledge of the role/response of the cryosphere in the climate system
  • Have good expertise in programming, e.g. in Python, R, or other high-level programming languages
  • Demonstrated the ability to publish in the international peer-reviewed research literature
 Furthermore, we are looking for someone who has
  • 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 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 period of employment is 3 years. The position might be extended further 3

years, depending on performance and formal contractual project extensions (both

CCI, C3S and PROMICE are long-term projects).
Workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus, approximately 15 km north of central
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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Senior scientist Louise Sandberg Sørensen ( or Professor René Forsberg (

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Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 1 July 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.


DTU Space has about 160 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. 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.