PhD student position in space geodesy and geodynamics hos Chalmers Tekniska högskola

VGOS, the next generation VLBI system for geodesy and astrometry, has recently become operational and is expected to develop further in the near future. Operating the Onsala twin telescopes, Chalmers and the Onsala Space Observatory are very active in VGOS, both operationally and with corresponding data analysis. This opens for new and interesting research in geoscience. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to work on and further develop VGOS and its combination and integration with other space geodetic techniques. The research topics to be addressed are primarily the fields of geodetic and astrometric VLBI, reference frames, earth rotation and orientation, and global geodynamics.
Information about the research and the research groupThis PhD positions focusses on application of VGOS, the next generation geodetic VLBI system, for geoscience research. The PhD position is in the research group for Space Geodesy and Geodynamics. Together we work to increase knowledge on how to best achieve a long-term sustainable planet. Our main working places are the Onsala Space Observatory, 40 km south of Gothenburg, and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. As a PhD you will be part of the Department of Space, Earth and Environment.
Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities as a PhD student are to pursue your own doctoral studies to become an independent researcher. You are expected to develop and conduct your own research at the frontier of space geodesy and in particular VGOS, the next generation geodetic VLBI system. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, primarily in English. You are expected to write a licentiate thesis within 2–3 years and to defend your doctoral thesis within 4–5 years. 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 or an equivalent education.
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20210027 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
  • Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
  • Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
  • Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
  • Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. 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: 28 February, 2021
For questions, please contact:
Professor Rüdiger Haas, OSO,
Dr. Karine Le Bail, OSO,
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