Postdoc in Geomagnetism and Inverse Problems

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


The Division of Geomagnetism uses satellite magneticdata, for example collected by ESA’s Swarm mission, together with groundobservatory measurements, to monitor changes in the Earth’s magnetic field andto probe the underlying physical processes.  This Postdoc positionfocuses on developing and applying new techniques, based on novel dataprocessing schemes and the methods of inverse theory, to modern and historicalmeasurements of the geomagnetic field.

 Responsibilities and tasks

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

    You will beresponsible for developing and applying new methods for inverting geomagneticdata to characterise geophysical processes of interestYou will apply thedeveloped scheme to magnetic field data collected by ESA’s Swarm satellitesYou will developtools to rigorously appraise inversion resultsYou willrigorously test and optimize the software for use on a high performancecomputational clusterYou will developand test the software, making it available in the form of open source codes tothe scientific communityYou will contributeto research-based teaching and running student projects in Earth and SpacePhysics and Engineering ProgrammeYou will publishdescriptions of the new modelling technique, and the results of its applicationto satellite magnetic data, in the international peer reviewed literatureYou will presentyour research at international conferencesYou willcommunicate effectively with colleagues and be able to work as part of a teamto achieve ambitious goals

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

 QualificationsCandidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. 

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

    You must haveexperience working with satellite magnetic field dataYou must befamiliar with the tools of linear inverse theoryYou must befamiliar with spherical harmonic geomagnetic field modellingYou must haveexperience working with ground observatory dataYou must haveworking knowledge of geomagnetic virtual observatoriesYou must haveexpertise programming in Matlab and a willingness to learn PythonYou must haveexperience in code development and testingYou will have aninterest in optimization of codes, especially on how to obtain best performanceon large clusters

Furthermore, weare looking someone who has

    Demonstrated theability to publish at the highest-level in the international peer-reviewedresearch literaturePresentationskills appropriate for communicating research findings at internationalconferencesPassion to work oncomplex, challenging topicsAbility to thriveon collaboration and teamwork

Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills atDTU, as well as a natural interest in collaboration and personalresponsibility.

 We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globallyrecognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation andscientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an internationalenvironment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterizedby collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

 Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collectiveagreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will beagreed with the relevant union.


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


You can read more about careerpaths at DTU here.

 Further information

Furtherinformation may be obtained from Prof. C. Finlay, Division ofGeomagnetism, DTU Space, +45 4525 9713.

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Please submit your online application no laterthan 22 January 2019 (Local time). 


To apply, please open the link “Applyonline”, fill out the online application form. The following must beattached in English:

    Application (coverletter)CVDiploma (MSc/PhD)List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after thedeadline will not be considered.


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


The Geomagnetism Department at DTU Space currentlyholds 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 inboth basic research and technology development activities, and the Institute ischaracterized by strong interaction between technology andscience.  DTU space has approximately 150 employees and onaverage 20 ph.d. students, working in diverse research fields fromastrophysics, space instrumentation to earth observation and geodesy. Manyprojects are carried out in close cooperation with international space agencies(ESA, NASA and others), as well as national and international governmentalorganizations.


DTU is a technical university providinginternationally leading research, education, innovation and scientificadvice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovativesolutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are beingeducated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is anindependent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry,government and public agencies.

Deadline: 22 January 2019
Unit: DTU Space
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Tuesday January 22nd, 2019