University of Luxembourg

PhD student in GNSS Geodesy (m/f)

University Of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research university.

The University of Luxembourg has the following vacancy within the Faculty of Sciences, Technology and Communication (FSTC):

PhD student in GNSS Geodesy (m/f)

The Team Geodesy and Geospatial Engineering (GGE), Institute of Civil and Environmental Engineering carries out world leading research in the monitoring of vertical land movements for studies of glacial isostatic adjustment processes and global sea level rise. It conducts investigations in various locations around the world with a special focus on the South Atlantic Ocean (SAO), where it collaboratively operates a number of continuous GNSS stations co-located with tide gauges. The team also hosts an International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group analysis centre and is currently the only IGS TIGA combination centre.

Amongst research activities on multi-GNSS, preparations are underway for another reprocessing of a global GNSS data set (1994-present), including, e.g., both the TIGA and SAO networks, and the next IGS TIGA combination. The junior researcher will make contributions to these activities (bias model developments, software updates, HPC optimization) by working as part of Team GGE, where he/she will be supervised by Professor Norman Teferle.


  • Carry out research and prepare a doctoral thesis in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data processing and time series analysis for geodetic monitoring of crustal movements
  • Contribute to the activities of the team, in particular to the IGS TIGA analysis and combination centre
  • Assist the professor in his teaching and tutoring activities

For further information, please contact Prof Norman Teferle per email ( or phone (+352) 46 66 44 5790.


  • Master in Earth Sciences (Geodesy/Geophysics), Geospatial Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent
  • Have (ideally) or acquire during the research an in-depth knowledge of Linux and High Performance Computing, programming languages and scientific GNSS software
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (German would be a benefit)


  • The opportunity to work as a team member within the Team GGE at Campus Kirchberg
  • A friendly, dynamic, multilingual and multicultural environment with a strong focus on research
  • The opportunity to participate in the development of the longer term research framework of a young university

Applications (in English) should contain the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Summary of the Master project

All applications should be made electronically at until October 15, 2019 as well as per email to Prof Teferle. Earliest start date is November 1, 2019.

However, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected. The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer.


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