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 The growing number of satellites and data from SAR and multispectral satellite images combined with e.g. ship transponder systems and radars make numerous new applications possible. We are especially focussed on marine situational awareness including detection and classification of vessels, icebergs, sea-ice, and the environment. Modern statistical methods and machine learning are central to the research for analysing the big data from satellites.

The position will also be responsible for the Center for Security which is point-of-contact for security technologies for all institutes at DTU. The Center comprises state-of-the-art research covering fields as Earth observation, Arctic surveillance, space situational awareness, rescue and environmental services, cybersecurity, sensor, drone and navigation systems, material technologies, and other applications related to security.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within Earth observation, Arctic surveillance and Space situational awareness. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners and government agencies in Denmark as well as abroad. Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects, and be co-supervisor for PhD students
  • Thrive through publication of your scientific work in international journals
  • Attract external funding to support research
  • Implement the research in technical solutions
  • Consolidate and further expand our industrial and governmental network within the field of security technologies at the Center for Security
  • Head the Center for Security at DTU

To be a successful candidate for the position, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • You hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc.
  • You have experience in a broad range of security technologies as e.g. Earth surveillance systems. Collaborations with government agencies and industry within security is valued.
  • You have a strong research background in the fields of Earth Observation, Arctic Surveillance, SAR and multispectral imaging, space physics and security technologies in general
  • You have experience in teaching and supervision.
  • You have a successful record for attracting funding.
  • You enjoy working with complex topics and are driven by pushing boundaries.
  • You are a team player; you are motivated by both individual and team accomplishments.
  • You believe in dialogue and feedback as the best foundation for sound decision-making.
  • You strive to develop talent amongst others.

You must contribute to teaching at the Department. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

As a formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc. To be appointed as a senior researcher, you must have completed a didactic/pedagogic education. If you do not have the necessary education, then it is possible to complete this requirement within a period of two years of appointment.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Starting date is 1/12 2021 or according to mutual agreement.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from head of DTU Space Henning Skriver, tel.: +45 4525 3792

You can read more about DTU Space at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 5 October 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

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

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DTU Space – Denmark’s National Space Institute – is a world leading institute that specializes in space research and space technology at the highest international level. Located as part of the Technical University of Denmark in the Greater Copenhagen area, it is the national center for space research, geodesy and space technology.
We offer you an interesting 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.

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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 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.