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PhD scholarship in geodesy

PhD scholarship in geodesy


Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)



Relevant divisions
Geodesy (G)
Geodynamics (GD)
Ocean Sciences (OS)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 479.600) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Required education

Application deadline
15 June 2020

19 May 2020

Job description

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position in geodesy.

The position is related to the Sea level, geoid, and geodetic reference frame for sustainable development along the Norwegian coast (SEGREF) project, which is a development of the former GOCE for Coastal Ocean Dynamics and Geodesy project (GOCODYN, SEGREF will investigate determination strategies for the geoid and mean sea surface, including error budgeting and combination strategies for different types of geodetic and oceanographic observations. These investigations will be achieved by exploiting new and dense geodetic data sets in a testbed along the Norwegian coast. In turn, the new high-resolution geodetic products will be applied for unifying the vertical reference systems on land and on sea, i.e., determine a suitable transformation between the national height system NN2000 and the nautical chart datum, respectively.

The candidate will collaborate with REALTEK’s research group in geodesy, which, in later years, have focused on regional gravity field, sea level, and ocean dynamics in the coastal zone. The group also has absolute and relative gravimetry instrumentation at its disposal. The candidate is expected to take part in, as well as plan and carry out field work with these and other observation platforms as necessary or possible. He/she will collaborate with international partners (willingness for extended research visits is expected) as well as with scientists from geodesy, remote sensing and oceanography on the institutional and national level.

Important tasks will be

  • Data collection, evaluation and preparation
  • Review methods for geoid and mean sea surface determination, with emphasis on combination of different types of observations
  • Quality assessment, validation, and error budgeting of the geodetic products
  • Establish a transformation between the national chart datum and height system
  • Cooperation with national and international research partners
  • Dissemination of scientific results

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

How to apply

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