Postdoc for instrument development and signal processing with applications in groundwater research

Aarhus University

Aarhus, Denmark 🇩🇰

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position focused on instrument development and signal processing for applications in groundwater research.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 2-year position available from 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible.  

Project description

The research group ”Geophysics, Instrumentation, and Signal Processing” works with three key techniques for groundwater mapping and near surface geophysical exploration namely direct current induced polarization (DCIP), transient electromagnetics (TEM) and surface nuclear magnetic resonance (SNMR). We work at the instrument and signal processing level and our research projects includes both hardware and software developments. The common goal for our research across all three techniques is improvement of signal-to-noise ratio, as this is the key to fast, low-cost, area-covering measurements even in noisy, urban conditions.
We are currently seeking a new postdoc colleague in the group. The postdoc will be involved in several on-going research projects and will contribute to the research and development in DCIP, TEM, and SNMR.

  • You will be doing research, development, and implementation of novel signal processing and machine-learning algorithms related to the operation of the instruments.
  • You will participate in analyzing data from instruments and use your results to optimize our instruments and algorithms.
  • You will participate in programming of instrument control and communication software, and will participate in instrument development, testing and field validation.

You will work closely with the other members of the research group and the external partners in the projects.  We therefore expect that you have strong communication and collaboration skills and are prepared to work in an interdisciplinary research setting. The research is expected to lead to several journal papers and we therefore expect good dissemination skills documented through a strong publication record.  As a postdoc, you will have the opportunity to contribute to other on-going research projects in the group as well as opportunities to contribute to supervision of Masters and PhD students.
The postdoctoral fellowship is funded by Innovation Fund Denmark and Independent Research Fund Denmark. There is funding for 2 years of employment. For international applicants, Aarhus University offer help with relocation, housing and formalities.

Required qualifications for the position:

  • PhD degree in electrical engineering, physics, geophysics or similar
  • Programming experience, preferably in C++ and Python
  • Experience with signal processing and/or machine learning
  • Experience with electronics and/or instrument development
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience with DCIP, TEM, SNMR, or other geophysical methods is an advantage, but not required
  • Excellent English skills, both oral and in writing
  • A desire to work in interdisciplinary research projects

Who we are

About the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Electrical and computer engineering are closely related engineering disciplines that focus on the development of hardware and software for intelligent units and networks. This includes hardware at system and component levels as well as many different types of software for controlling electronic devices and networks.  

The Geophysics, instrumentation, and signal processing group, (link)  currently consists of one Associate Professor, three postdocs and one PhD student. In our research projects, we are working closely together with the Hydrogeophysics Group at the Department of Geoscience (link)

What we offer

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to state-of-the-art equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Associate Professor Jakob Juul Larsen, +45 41 89 32 73, [email protected]


Applications must be received no later than 13 December2021.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at





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