Postdoc position in Geophysics and Geomagnetic Field Modelling

    Postdoc position in Geophysics and Geomagnetic Field Modelling

    Postdoc position in Geophysics, Geomagnetic Field Modelling and Inverse Problems, at DTU Space, Technical University of Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 11, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Geophysics
    – Geomagnetic field modelling
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDTU Space
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateJuly 2021


    We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in geophysics, and experience with geomagnetic field modelling and magnetic satellite data

    As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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

    • You must have experience working with satellite magnetic field data
    • You must be familiar with the tools of linear inverse theory
    • You must be familiar with spherical harmonic geomagnetic field modelling
    • You must have experience working with ground observatory data
    • You must have expertise programming in Python
    • You must have experience in code development and testing
    • You will have an interest in optimization of codes


    Furthermore, we are looking someone who has

    • Demonstrated the ability to publish at the highest-level in the international peer-reviewed research literature
    • Presentation skills appropriate for communicating research findings at international conferences
    • Passion to work on complex, challenging topics
    • Ability to thrive on collaboration and teamwork

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The aim of this position is to develop, test, and apply new schemes for studying the geophysical processes using magnetic data. This will involve using the computational tools of potential field modelling and inverse theory, as well as statistical data analysis. The work will involve writing, testing and optimizing software and applying this to satellite and ground-based magnetic field measurements.

    • You will be responsible for developing and applying new methods for inverting geomagnetic data to characterise geophysical processes of interest
    • You will apply the developed scheme to magnetic field data collected by ESA’s Swarm satellites and previous mission
    • You will develop tools to quantitatively assess inversion results
    • You will rigorously test and optimize the software for use on a high-performance computational cluster
    • You will develop and test the software, making it available in the form of open source codes to the scientific community
    • You will contribute to research-based teaching and running student projects in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering Programme
    • You will publish descriptions of the new modelling techniques, and the results of its application to satellite magnetic data, 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
    • An important part of the work will be to collaborate closely with international partners, including the Univ. Bergen (Norway), Univ. Grenoble (France) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland).

    How to Apply?

    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.

    Documents Required

    • Application (cover letter)
    • CV
    • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
    • List of publications

    About Research project

    The position will be based in the Division of Geomagnetism and Geospace whose research involves exploring the Earth and its environment, in particular using magnetic field measurements. The Division uses satellite magnetic data, for example collected by ESA’s Swarm mission, together with ground observatory measurements, to monitor changes in the Earth’s magnetic field and to probe the underlying physical processes.  This Postdoc position focuses on developing and applying new field modelling techniques, based on novel data processing schemes and the methods of inverse theory, to modern measurements of the geomagnetic field.

    About the Department

    DTU Space uses space as a base for research and technology development in order to learn more about the Universe and Earth, to study climate and environment on Earth and create results and technologies that benefit society.


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


    Prof. Chris Finlay

    Prof. Nils Olsen
    Division of Geomagnetism and Geospace, DTU Space

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    Postdoc in Geomagnetic Field Modelling and Inverse Problems

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