InSAR Specialist

The Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU) is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the country's central institution for collecting, processing and disseminating knowledge about bedrock, mineral resources, loose materials and groundwater on mainland Norway and the upper layers of the Norwegian continental shelf. NGU's social mission is to contribute to increased value creation by covering society's need for basic geological knowledge, including business development. This is achieved through geological, geophysical and geochemical mapping, development and operation of databases, research, dissemination and advice to the public sector as well as to industry and business.

NGU has approx. 200 employees from 27 nations of which approx. 60% are researchers / geologists. Further information about NGU's organization and the work we do can be found at

The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) invites applicants for a full-time researcher position in the Geohazards and Earth Observation team, starting from September 1st, 2021.

NGU operates the Norwegian Ground Motion Service (, a national InSAR deformation mapping service. Data from this service is used to support national landslide mapping and monitoring, infrastructure monitoring, urban planning and much more. NGU is also involved in large scale data production for several international projects, including the European Ground Motion Service (EGMS).

The Geohazards and Remote Sensing section is looking for a researcher to help in the further development of InSAR services and the science behind them. The researcher will work within a small team of specialists at NGU who have been at the forefront of developing large-scale public services.


Participate in scientific research related to the application of InSAR products, such as:

  • Geological hazards mapping
  • Landslide and infrastructure monitoring
  • Subsidence in urban environments
  • Big data analysis of deformation time series

Participate in the development and testing of new InSAR products and services based upon existing and upcoming SAR missions.

Contribute to operational activities, such as:

  • InSAR data processing, post-processing, and evaluation of products
  • User uptake, training, and support
  • Production of training material and documentation


  • PhD in Earth Sciences, Engineering, Physics or Geodesy. MSc plus extensive experience may be considered.
  • A solid understanding of InSAR systems
  • Extensive experience with the application of space-borne and ground-based InSAR ground motion data
  • Experience with GIS systems, Linux computer systems, and basic programming skills

Personal qualities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as within a multidisciplinary team
  • Good communication skills (if non-Norwegian, willingness to learn Norwegian within the first two years is expected.)

NGU takes pride in with having a good working environment characterized by diversity and inclusion. We encourage everyone qualified to apply - regardless of age, gender, national or ethnic background, functional ability, or gaps in the CV.

The position is paid in accordance with the Government's Main Collective Bargaining Agreement and in accordance with qualifications. From the salary, 2% is deducted from a good pension scheme in the Government Pension Fund. We can offer a good and inclusive work environment with exciting professional challenges and good opportunities for professional development.

To obtain more information regarding the position, please feel free to contact John Dehls at email

posted: 16 June 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.