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PhD scholarship in Glacial isostatic adjustment and sea level change – DTU, Denmark

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)


DTU Space we seek candidates with a strong interest in geodesy for a PhD position in “Glacial isostatic adjustment and sea-level change” – Denmark, Oct 2021.

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: -
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

DTU Space
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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Qualification Details

We expect the candidate to have:

  • Experience in working with large data sets and development of algorithms.
  • At least basic knowledge of GNSS and glacial isostatic adjustment.
  • Good expertise in programming, e.g. in Python, MATLAB, or other high-level programming languages.

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.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competencies within modeling glacial isostatic adjustment and use surface deformation from GNSS to assess models, which is central to DTU Space’s strategic effort in the area of geodesy. You will be attached to the division of geodesy and earth observations, which is one of the five divisions comprising DTU Space.

You will work in close collaboration with colleagues at both DTU, and with academic partners in both Denmark, as well as abroad. To follow the DTU program you will be granted a unique study environment, together with several PhDs and Post Docs in related fields.

The candidate is expected to perform original research that aims at improving our understanding of 3D surface displacements of the solid earth due to past and present-day ice variability. The candidate is expected to

  • Model elastic displacements due to present-day ice loss.
  • Model glacial isostatic adjustment in Greenland
  • Model relative sea-level change along coastal Greenland.
  • Analyze data from permanent GNSS stations located in Greenland.
  • Analyze 3D surface displacements of the solid earth due to present-day ice loss.
  • Publish the new findings in the international peer-reviewed literature
  • Present your research at international conferences and participate in relevant project meetings
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and be able to work as part of a team to achieve ambitious goals
  • Teach and co-supervise BSc and MSc student projects
  • Potentially participate in Arctic field campaigns

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

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
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • Letter of recommendations are encouraged

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your 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.

About the Project

You will break new ground at the absolute forefront of observing (using GNSS) and modeling glacial isostatic adjustment. You will use data from Greenland GNSS Network (GNET), which senses mass changes by measuring the solid earth’s response to changing surface loads. The entire network is uplifting in response to glacial isostatic adjustment, that is, the solid earth’s delayed, viscoelastic response to past changes in ice loads, and instantaneous, elastic adjustment to contemporary changes in ice mass. As a result of ice mass changes and solid earth deformation also the sea level is changing, these effects will be included in your models and analysis.

About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Note or Other details

You can read more about Geodesy and Earth Observations at and at

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

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Contact details

Further information may be obtained from Professor Shfaqat Abbas Khan ( and Senior Scientist Valentina Barletta (

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