PhD scholarship in geomagnetism

DTU Space
Friday 12 Jan 18

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DTU Space would like to invite applications for a 3-year PhD position starting in March 2018 on the topic of “Polar Ionospheric Currents and Geomagnetic Field Modelling”. The funding is shared between the European Research Council and the Technical University of Denmark.
The position will be based in the Division of Geomagnetism whose research focuses on exploring the Earth and its environment using its magnetic field. The geomagnetic field is a fundamental part of the Earth system, controlling interactions between the Earth and the solar wind.  It has long been a source of orientation information for humans and animals and is today widely utilized in many mobile devices and in directional drilling applications.

Responsibilities and tasks
During this PhD project, you will derive new models of the Earth’s magnetic field based on satellite and ground-based magnetic measurements.  These models will be designed to isolate the signature of polar current systems. The new models will be used to investigate rapid dynamics of the Earth’s core as well as seasonal to solar cycle time-scale variations in polar ionospheric current systems. 
Your responsibility will be to develop new field modelling software, written in python, to co-estimate the time-varying core and polar current systems, within a potential field modelling framework and using suitable coordinate systems for the polar current systems.

Your research will include using magnetic measurements to undertake fundamental studies of the geophysics of the Earth’s core, and the space physics of polar current systems.

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

We are looking for a person with: 

  • Expertise in Electromagnetism, Geophysics and Space Physics
  • High level computer programming skills, experience working with Matlab and/or Python
  • Good analytical skills
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a strong team
  • Good communication skills in English, both spoken and written
  • The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and to publish the project results in international peer-reviewed journals and present the results at international conferences
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Chris Finlay, Division of Geomagnetism, DTU Space, +45 4525 9713.
We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The salary for ph.d. students is approximately DKK 29.500 (corresponding to approx. $ 4.750) including pension contribution.

The period of employment is 3 years.

The study will be based at the DTU-Space facilities on the DTU Campus in Lyngby, approximately 15 km north of central Copenhagen.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Chris Finlay, Division of Geomagnetism, DTU Space, tel.: +45 4525 9713. The employment is starting March 1st, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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Please submit your online application no later than 28 January 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU Space has about 135 employees, an annual turn-over of about 120 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. 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.
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