PhD scholarship in Space Weather Applications for Polar Regions

Technical University of Denmark


January 31, 2022


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PhD scholarship in Space Weather Applications for Polar Regions

DTU Space

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Space weather describes the dynamic conditions in the Earth's environment, driven by the activity of the Sun. Violent eruptions on the Sun create effects which can disturb, degrade or in the worst case permanently damage systems in both space and on the ground such as communications, navigation and power supply. Space weather is thus a new hazard of the technological era and its potential impact on critical systems and human safety makes it essential to have a solid understanding, monitoring, predicting and mitigating space weather effects

The Division for Geomagnetism and Geospace at DTU Space is seeking an applicant for a 3-year PhD position in space weather applications for polar regions with focus on geomagnetic condition. The project will be conducted as part of our involvement in the activity SWADO: Space Weather Forecasting for Arctic Defence Operations.

At the Division for Geomagnetism and Geospace you will collaborate with other PhD students, postdocs and international leading scientists in the Earth's magnetic field. You will have access to a unique and advanced infrastructure in Greenland that can form the basis for space weather data products, and you will contribute to the development of important space weather monitoring and prediction services.

Responsibilities and qualifications The scope of the PhD project is to investigate the feasibility of developing a Space Weather nowcast and short-term forecast service for the Arctic, with particular attention to the Greenland area. It includes

  • to analyse long time series of the external magnetic field, using primarily magnetic data from ground based stations in Greenland;
  • to develop space weather applications for monitoring the dynamic features like polar ionospheric electrojet current systems and magnetic substorms;
  • to investigate forecast opportunities by analysing ground-based magnetometer data and data from the ACE and DSCVR satellites data taken in outer space; and by analysing simultaneous magnetic and GNSS measurements from ground based stations in Greenland during space weather events.
  • You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

    Further qualifications:

  • You have a strong background in geophysics and/or engineering, preferably with experience in geomagnetic data acquisition and theory.
  • You have strong programming skills in Python and/or Matlab.
  • You are willing to travel and work in an international environment, performe field work, are a creative person and eager to collaborate with both university scientists and other PhD-students as well as non- specialists from industry and the Danish Defence.
  • Approval and Enrolment The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.

    Assessment The assessment of the applicants will be made by Anna Willer, Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen, and Nils Olsen.

    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 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 upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

    You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

    Further information Further information may be obtained from Anna Willer (, phone: 4525 9706) or Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen (, phone: 4525 9723).

    You can read more about DTU Space at www.

    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 Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 January 2022 (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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma including official description of grading scale
  • You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

    DTU Space has about 190 employees, an annual turn-over of about 140 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. As the National Space Institute, DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education, and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space- & Astrophysics.

    Technology for people 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.