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Assistant Professor with Tenure Track in Space Geodesy

Assistant Professor with Tenure Track in Space Geodesy


Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

The Department of Space, Earth and Environment (SEE) at Chalmers contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.

The Onsala Space Observatory division of SEE is looking for committed candidates for a faculty position as tenure track Assistant Professor in Space Geodesy.


Göteborg / Onsala, Sweden


Relevant division
Geodesy (G)

Full time



Required education

Application deadline
2 June 2019

17 April 2019

Job description

The Onsala Space Observatory division at Chalmers University of Technology is looking for committed candidates for a faculty position as tenure track Assistant Professor in Space Geodesy. Our offer to you comprises excellent opportunities to pursue and develop your research in geodetic VLBI and at the same time develop pedagogical skills, building the foundations of an academic career in space geodesy. All this in an inspiring research environment with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, such as the new Onsala twin telescopes. The position is a four-year, tenure track, temporary employment as Assistant Professor with the aim to develop academically to a permanent employment as Associate Professor within 4 years.

Information about the research:
Organisationally you will belong to the Space Geodesy and Geodynamics research unit (GEO unit) at the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) division. There you will contribute to the academic work which concentrates on studying geodynamic phenomena, atmospheric processes, and improving the associated measurement techniques. In particular the GEO unit makes use of and develops measurement techniques relevant to tracing 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. These research areas are addressed using a variety of observational techniques and via relevant theoretical work.

The GEO unit is closely connected to the OSO national infrastructure. Geoscience measurement techniques that are supported by the OSO national infrastructure and the GEO unit include geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), gravimeters, tide gauges (including GNSS reflectrometry), and ground based microwave radiometers. The GEO unit aims at intensifying the geodetic VLBI research in particular, specifically in connection with the establishment of two new telescopes in the framework of the Onsala twin telescope (OTT) project. OTT is an important component of the upcoming next generation VLBI system, VGOS (VLBI Global Observing System). The research performed with the OTT will concentrate on the improvement in precision and accuracy of geodetic VLBI measurements with the goal to achieve mm-accuracy globally for station positions, corresponding high accuracy for Earth orientation, and for radio source positions. One of the major challenges you want to address is an improved handling of atmospheric turbulence and its impact on geodetic VLBI observations. Another challenging question is radio source structure in the VGOS era.

The main working places are the Onsala Space Observatory, located in a scenic natural environment at the Swedish West coast about 40 km south of Gothenburg, and Chalmers University of Technology Johanneberg Campus in down-town Gothenburg.

Major responsibilities:
The position focusses on space geodetic techniques, in particular geodetic VLBI, including the required data analysis and processing methods for geoscience research. Your research focus should be linked to geodetic VLBI, multi-technique integration, terrestrial and celestial reference frames, earth rotation and orientation, gravity and mass transport, relativistic geodesy or related fields. Supervision of BSc., MSc. students and co-supervision of Ph.D. students is anticipated. As our new Assistant Professor you are expected to contribute on a longer perspective to teaching at the undergraduate level and graduate level. Internal pedagogical development will be offered you at the appropriate level. You are also expected to actively search for third party research funding.

As a person you are a motivated, self-propelled, creative scientist with excellent numerical analytic and problem-solving ability. You are a cooperative team-player with very good communication skills, orally and in written form. You are genuinely interested in teaching and pedagogics.

You should have a Ph.D. degree in any area related to the above professorship, as well as knowledge, experience or interest in geodetic VLBI. Meritorious qualifications would be expertise in other space geodetic techniques and corresponding applications, e.g. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR), Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR), Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated on Satellite (DORIS), and GNSS-reflectometry (GNSS-R). Extensive experience in data processing of space geodetic techniques is required. Excellent knowledge in scientific data handling and computer programming (e.g. C++, Fortran90, Python, …) are expected.

You should be able to speak and write English fluently and be willing to learn Swedish.

Position summary:
The position is open for Assistant Professor level with the possibility of being promoted to Associate Professor within short as soon as the requirements are met.

The Assistant professorship is a full-time, tenure-track, position. You have the opportunity to acquire both pedagogical and scientific qualifications. An Assistant Professor is expected to improve their ability to formulate and solve scientific problems, to publish scientific articles, and to develop abilities in teaching and supervision, by means of both practical training and independent study. Progress will be assessed after two and four years. You are expected to reach the Swedish docent level (in Swedish “oavlönad docent”) and be tenured within four years. Tenure implies promotion to an Associate Professor, which is a full-time permanent employment.

Our offer to you:
Chalmers’ vision: “For a sustainable future” instils Chalmers’ perspective on all employees. For our employees to deliver outstanding performance, they must be able to combine their personal and professional lives. Chalmers supports this wherever we can to make that possible. Chalmers is working actively with diversity and gender equality issues for a sustainable future. Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers. We specifically encourage women to apply. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers/Onsala offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in/close to Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.

How to apply

The application should be marked with Ref 20180728 and be written in English, see

The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

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

  • CV, include complete list of publications
  • Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
  • 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)

  • 2-3 pages where you introduce yourself present your qualifications and describe your future research plans.
  • 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?


  • Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum of five publications). It is a good idea to attach the files as a PDF or compress them into a Zip file.
  • Copies of a maximum of five other publications that substantiate your other qualifications (for example, educational publications and popular science articles).

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

You are welcome with your application at latest 2 June 2019.

For questions, please contact:
Head of the GEO unit: Prof. Rüdiger Haas (
Head of the OSO division: Dr. Eva Wirström (