Associate Professor in Observational Cosmology

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Technical University of Denmark
Department Name: 
DTU Space
Street Line 1: 
Elektrovej Bygning 327
Job Announcement Text: 

DTU Space seeks an associate professor in observational cosmology as part of the Division of Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics. At DTU Space, we have been involved in JWST both in providing hard ware for the mission and in setting up the High-z Universe part of the MIRI GTO program. This program contains both a MIRI Deep Imaging Survey and spectroscopy of selected high redshift objects within the Epoch of Reionization.

Responsibilities and tasks
You are expected to contribute to

  • Support the MIRI GTO program and expand it in the coming calls for JWST GO proposals
  • Formulate and execute observational programs on the large observation facilities e.g. VLT, ALMA, HST, relevant for interpretation of the JWST observations
  • Participate in the both national and international activities associated with the Cosmic Dawn Center of Excellence
  • Teaching of bachelor and graduate students in the Earth and Space Physics and Engineering educational program of DTU Space
  • Supervising of PhD students

Cosmic Dawn is a new international basic research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation, dedicated to uncovering how and when the first galaxies, stars and black holes formed. Dawn is located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and at the Space Division of the Danish Technical University (DTU Space), and collaborates closely with associate institutions in North America, Europe and Australia.

DTU Space has been involved in the James Webb Space Telescope since 2003, mainly in the development of the Mid InfraRed Instrument MIRI and in the preparation of the MIRI Guaranteed Time Observations within the MIRI High – z Universe Working Group


  • Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an Associate Professorship
  • Candidates must provide documentation for didactic/pedagogic training
  • The applicant must demonstrate a solid background in observational cosmology
  • The applicant must demonstrate experience in formulating and executing programs on the large observing facilities e.g. VLT, ALMA, HST.
  • The applicant must demonstrate experience in analyzing near/mid infrared observations, both imaging and spectroscopy

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

For international candidates, DTU offers Danish language courses, with the purpose of being able to teach in Danish within the first two-three years.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Hans Ulrik Nørgaard-Nielsen, +45 4525 9728

You can read more about DTU Space at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 October 2018.

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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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Space has about 145 employees, an annual turn-over of about 130 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other departments 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 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 15, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Hans Ulrik Nørgaard-Nielsen
Technical University of Denmark
Department Name: 
DTU Space
Street Line 1: 
Elektrovej Bygning 327
Zip/Postal Code: 
+45 4525 9728
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Attention To: 
Hans Ulrik Nørgaard-Nielsen