Postdoctoral position in gravimetry and geodynamics

Ref: REF 2017-0118


Curiosity is the driving force behind the research at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and our goals are to find new knowledge about space, our earth and our future energy supply. Through observations of the universe as well as earth, we make predictions about the future and promote sustainable development. To reach our goals, we develop highly sensitive measuring instruments and observational methods, as well as advanced algorithms for data analysis and theoretical models.

The department has roughly 120 employees, divided into seven research groups, one national facility and one administrative group. We are situated at campus Johanneberg and Onsala Space Observatory.

Information about the research
The Post-doc position is in the research group for Space Geodesy and Geodynamics at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. 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. Cooperation with seismologists is established not least by way of the seismograph station at Onsala Space Observatory. Our main working places are located there, 40 km south of Gothenburg, and---secondary---at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found at http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/rss/Pages/default.aspx

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities as a Post-doc is to pursue your own research in the field described with emphasis on observation, analysis and modelling of gravity change.

Position summary
The Post-doc employment is a full-time temporary employment for 18 months. A potential extension might be negociated after one year. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (18+6 months). 

To qualify as a Post-doc you should have received your PhD degree in Geophysics, Geodesy, Engineering Physics or an equivalent education.  The degree should generally not be older than three years.  Your recent publications and PhD thesis should be relevant to the field described.

The successful candidate shall have good knowledge in programming and should be able to deal with signal analysis problems. Knowledge in Linux, C/C++, Python  (Matlab, Finite Elements, Multiphysics) and shell scripting would be an asset. Basic knowledge in small-signal and sensor electronics and statistical data analysis is desirable.

The successful applicant should also be able to communicate efficiently in written and spoken English. She/he shall have a general interest to contribute and develop his/her skills towards the aims outlined above. 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 20170103 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 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:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

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

Application deadline: 15 May 2017

For questions, please contact:
Rüdiger Haas, Biträdande professor, +46 31 7725530, rudiger.haas@chalmers.se
Hans-Georg Scherneck, Docent, +46 31 7721883, +46 31 7725556, hans-georg.scherneck@chalmers.se

*** 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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