PhD student position in Geodetic VLBI and Space Geodesy

Chalmers University of Technology
July 03 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

As the name suggests, the Department of Space, Earth and Environment addresses major issues. On the one hand, we focus on questions emanating from a long long time ago - the origins of universe, of our planet and of life. On the other hand, we observe what is happening on Earth today and develop methods, tools and models that enable us to look towards the future and find solutions to global challenges about resources, energy supply and environmental impact. Together we work to increase knowledge on how to best achieve a long-term sustainable planet. The department hosts two research infrastructures: Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central. The department consists of five divisions, operations support and approximately 200 employees. We are located in Johanneberg and Onsala.


Information about the research and the division

The PhD position is in the research group for Space Geodesy and Geodynamics which belongs to the Onsala Space Observatory Division at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment. The main interests of the research group are geodynamic phenomena and atmospheric processes and the improvement of the associated measurement techniques. We study e.g. the deformation of the Earth's crust due to mass redistribution, inter- and intra-plate tectonics, loading effects, variations in earth orientation and rotation, and the spatial and temporal variation of atmospheric water vapour. We address these research topics using a variety of observational techniques and the corresponding theoretical work. Currently we use geodetic VLBI, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, gravimeters, tide gauges, and ground based microwave radiometers. We aim at an intensification of the space geodetic research, in particular in connection with the establishment of two new telescopes, the Onsala Twin-Telescope project whioh have been inaugurated recently. Our main working places are the Onsala Space Observatory, 40 km south of Gothenburg, and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibilities as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. Your research shall focus on satellite observations with geodetic VLBI and the question of improving reference frames. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in English and in Swedish.The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours

Position summary

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Geodesy, Engineering Physics, Geophysics, Physics, Electronic Engineering or an equivalent education. Courses in space geodesy, orbit determination, adjustment theory, signal processing and statistics are highly relevant and a merit for the position but not a strict requirement. The successful candidate shall have good knowledge in programming and should be able to deal with object-oriented code. Knowledge in Linux, C/C++, Python and shell scripting would be an asset. Basic knowledge in electronics, signal processing and statistical data analysis is desirable, too.

The successful applicant should also be able to communicate efficiently in written and spoken English. She/he shall have a general interest to learn new topics. The successful applicant should be highly motivated for research work, and able to work well both on her/his own and in groups of researchers. Previous research experience shall be well documented in a master's thesis project of high quality.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20170334 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

• CV

• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) 

• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.

• Previous research fields and main research results.

• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:

• Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 30 September 2017

For questions, please contact:

Rüdiger Haas,, +46 31 7725530

Thomas Hobiger,, +46 31 7725549


*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 



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