Senior Researcher

Senior Researcher in Geomagnetic Space Research

DTU Space at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as senior researcher within Space Physics.

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.

Over the past decade, DTU Space has established itself as a world leader in research and applications involving the Earth’s interior and its solar-terrestrial environment, in particular regarding analysis of magnetic observations taken on ground and by satellites. The position of senior scientist in Space Science is central to DTU Space’s strategic effort in the area of geomagnetism, with a focus on observation-driven applications.

The senior researcher will be attached to the division of geomagnetism, which is one of the seven divisions comprising DTU Space.

Responsibilities and tasks
The candidate is expected to perform original research that aims at a better understanding of the interaction of Earth’s magnetic field with the solar-terrestrial environment, with a focus on the physics of Earth’s polar areas. This includes the analysis and interpretation of magnetic data taken on ground (e.g. by the Greenland magnetometer array that is operated by DTU Space) and data taken by satellites (e.g., of magnetic and electric field, and plasma density and temperature). 

The candidate is expected to be responsible for analysis and distribution of the ground magnetic field measurements obtained by the magnetic stations operated by DTU Space in Denmark and Greenland.

The integration of DTU Space activities into national and international Space Weather programs will be an important part of the posted position.

Qualifications
Candidates must hold a PhD degree or equivalent as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as Researcher or Postdoc.

  • document didactic/pedagogic training

Further qualifications

  • The candidate is expected to have at least 5 years’ experience in the interpretation of geomagnetic data obtained by ground-based instrumentation or satellites.
  • Established research activity in particular analysing geomagnetic activity indices, especially in the Polar Regions, is desired.
  • Experience in Space Weather research and application is expected.
  • Knowledge of the current situation within the ESA SSA Programme is advantageous

Assessment
In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to:

  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
  • experience in teaching and education
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of internal and external cooperation

For the specific position consideration will also be given to:

  • the ability to establish and conduct research projects related to Space Weather, in particular taking advantage of the unique magnetic ground station network in Greenland that is operated by the Division of Geomagnetism at DTU Space.
  • proven management experience in leading international research teams/project.

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 1 December 2016. To view the full announcement visit www.career.dtu.dk. Apply for the position via the "Ansøg" link found on this page.

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