PhD scholarship in Observations from the International Space Station of High-Energy Radiation from Thunderstorms

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning

Frist 13. oktober 2017

DTU Space at Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a PhD scholarship in Observations from the International Space Station of High-Energy Radiation from Thunderstorms.

DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, scientific advice, education, and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space & Astrophysics. DTU Space is engaged in several engineering educations based on high international level research at the institute. Particular emphasis is on the BSc and MSc programs in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering.

The Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics Section at DTU Space leads the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) for the International Space Station with launch in early 2018. ASIM will measure Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) and Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) powered by thunderstorms. TGFs are burst of radiation from thunderstorm clouds and TLEs are the electrical discharges in the atmosphere between the cloud tops and the ionosphere, the so-called Sprites, Jets and Gigantic Jets. Scientists and engineers at DTU Space have supported the development of the ASIM instruments, are fielding instruments in the western Mediterranean region for optical observations of discharges above thunderstorms, and develop simulation tools for modelling of atmospheric electric discharges.

The position is within the EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Project SAINT (Science and Innovation with Thunderstorms) of 15 Ph.D. students and 19 partners. SAINT is coordinated by DTU Space and will conduct research in thunderstorm processes by coupling ASIM and ground-based observations with laboratory experiments and simulations. The position is one of 4 Ph. D. positions in the SAINT project at DTU Space.

Responsibilities and tasks
The objective is to understand the electric discharge processes that generate TGFs and to determine if TGFs are associated with unique optical signature that can be identified in lightning detection cameras on geostationary monitoring satellites (GOES-R and MTG). Data are analyzed together with data from High-Voltage laboratory experiments and simulations in collaboration with Ph.D. students at other partners of the SAINT project.

SAINT is a highly intergrated network. The PhD candidates will all be exposed to satellite observations, ground observations, laboratory experiments and numerical modelling. All projects will to some degree involve the results obtained by others in the network.

The candidate will attend summer- and winter schools organized by the SAINT network, and visit with other partners of the network.

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Familiarity with space observations, the physics of electrical discharges and/or high-energy radiation is an advantage, but not a condition.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The final assessment of the applicants will be made by 31 October, 2017

NB: Please note that candidates are subject to the H2020 mobility rule. A candidate must not have resided in the Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country) and must be in the first four years of his/her research career at the date of recruitment.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The monthly salary is approximately DKK 29.700 (equivalent to approx. USD 4.800) including pension contribution.

The target date of employment is January 1, 2018.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Torsten Neubert, +45 2622 4265

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Please submit your online application no later than 13 October 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in 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)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their 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.

The Institute has about 140 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. In the Astrophysics and Atmospheric Division, current focus areas cover large-scale structure of the universe, physics of compact objects, space weather, upper atmosphere physics and cosmo-climatology as well as development of instrumentation, in particular high-energy instrumentation, i.e. X- and gamma ray detectors and -optics. The division is currently active in operation of instruments on and data analysis from three satellites. The division also runs four instrumentation laboratories and hosts a center for space weather research and forecasts.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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Opslag oprettet d. 12.09.2017, sidst opdateret d. 12.09.2017

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