Postdoc position in Transient electromagnetics

    Postdoc position in Transient electromagnetics

    Postdoc position in monitoring of groundwater resources using transient electromagnetics, in the HydroGeophysics Group (HGG) at Department of Geoscience at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    Apr 16, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Geophysics
    – Hydrogeophysics
    – Physics
    – Engineering 
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceHydroGeophysics Group (HGG)
    Department of Geoscience
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period3 Years


    PhD degree in Geophysics/Hydrogeophysics or relevant field (eg. Physics, Engineering or similar discipline) from a renowned institution/university


    • Background in electrical or electromagnetic methods, previous experience in transient electromagnetics is an advantage.
    • Significant background in programming and numerical modelling. Matlab and fortran experience are preferred.
    • Long record of geophysical field work and working with field data.
    • Strong organizational skills, previous project management experience is preferred.
    • Applicant must have written several scientific papers and have significant experience presenting scientific results at conferences and meetings.

    The project also requires that the applicant be willing to participate in international field campaigns (likely in sub-Saharan Africa) that will last ~1 month in duration and that could occur twice per year.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    Groundwater is an integral part of satisfying global water needs, often representing a water source at lower contamination risk than surface water. Yet, proactive management practices must be implemented to ensure long-term sustainable use of groundwater resources, as overexploitation can deplete groundwater reserves – effectively supplying a short-term fix to problems requiring long-term solutions.

    A key component of informed data-driven management practices is high-resolution characterization of hydrogeological systems, a step that can be well-addressed through the use of non-invasive geophysical techniques. Transient electromagnetics (TEM) is particularly adept at rapid cost-efficient mapping of geological systems. TEM systems can be man-deployed or towed by an ATV or aircraft, each system with their respective advantages and disadvantages. However, standard TEM mapping practices are generally focused on spatial characterization – producing snap-shots of hydrological systems at an instant in time. This information is extremely valuable when populating groundwater models or characterizing groundwater systems but can often leave uncertainties as to the behaviour of groundwater systems over time.

    A primary focus of this postdoctoral project will be the development, field validation, and deployment of monitoring TEM systems designed for long-term deployment, autonomous operation, and data-streaming to remote servers. This work will involve coupling numerical studies focused on time-lapse inversion of TEM data, assistance with instrument testing/validation, and field data collection where long-time series will be collected in locations of dynamic groundwater systems. Monitoring TEM systems will be deployed in multi-year campaigns in both Denmark and internationally.

    A second focus of this project is the support of parallel semi-airborne TEM system coupling groundbased transmitters with a roving drone-carried receiver. This work will involve supporting drone-based mapping campaigns and subsequent data workflows, including signal processing, inversion, and interpretation of results. Validation of semi-airborne systems will also require the applicant to participate in comparison studies with complementary TEM systems (eg. the towed transient electromagnetic system tTEM).

    The applicant will also be required to play a significant project management role in the Innovation Fund Denmark project titled SuperTEM, coordinating between partners, overseeing project meetings, and tracking progress towards project milestones/deliverables.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    The application must be in English and include

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Degree certificate
    • A complete list of publications
    • A statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.


    • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
    • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
    • Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.


    Denys Grombacher, Assistant Professor, Department of Geoscience
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    Postdoc position in monitoring of groundwater resources using transient electromagnetics

    Post expires at 8:59am on Saturday April 17th, 2021 (GMT+9)