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Prof. Dr. Jens Wickert

Section 1.1: Space Geodetic Techniques

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building A 17, room 20.03
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1758
Fax: +49 331 288-1111
e-mail: jens.wickert(at)


About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

Coordinator GFZ contribution to Helmholtz Research Programme Atmosphere and Climate
Deputy Section Head Space Geodetic Techniques
Professor for “ GNSS Remote Sensing, Navigation and Positioning” at Technische Universität Berlin Head of the Research Groups GNSS Atmosphere Sounding and GNSS Reflectometry

Research Interests:

GNSS atmosphere/ionosphere sounding, GNSS reflectometry and receiver development
GNSS analysis software development including real time aspects
Design and realization of satellite missions with GNSS components
Geoscientific research projects with GNSS components


1989-1991 Research Scientist, Academy of Sciences of the former GDR,
                 Humboldt University Berlin, Low Temperature Physics

1991-1993 Research Scientist, German Weather Service,
                 Meteorological Observatory Lindenberg, Sun Photometry

1993-1995 Research Scientist, Alfred Wegener Institute Bremerhaven,
                 Overwintering Antarctica, Meteorology/Atmospheric Chemistry/Glaciology

1996-1999 Research Scientist, German Aerospace Centre,
                 Satellite Receiving Station Neustrelitz, GPS Radio occultation with CHAMP

since 1999 German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ

since 2016 Professor for "GNSS Remote Sensing, Navigation and Positioning" at TU Berlin

Longer visiting professorships and research stays:

2010/2008  National Central University, Chong Li, Taiwan
2006           National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
2004           Danish Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003           Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria
1998           Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, U.S.
1996           Geodetic Observatory Metsahovi, Finland
1994/95      Neumayer Station, Antarctica, Overwintering
1993           Meteorological Observatory Hohenpeissenberg, Germany
1991           Institute for Low Temperatures of the Academy of Sciences, Charkow, Ukraine
1990           Technical University Berlin, Institute for Solid State Physics, Germany


Abitur, Rheinsberg, State Brandenburg, Germany, 1981
Diploma in Physics, Technical University Dresden, 1989
PhD Geophysics/Meteorology, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria, 2002


Research Boards and Committees:

Member Science Panel Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS)
Member at large IAG Commission 4 Positioning and Applications
EU COST Action 1206 GNSS4SWEC, Management Committee
International Radio Occultation Working Group (IROWG)
GRUAN Task Team GNSS Precipitable Water Vapour
Reviewer for various ISI listed journals (e.g., Science, JGR, GRL)
Reviewer on behalf of international/national research foundations


Golden Keldysch medal 2012
IAG fellow 2011
Honour certificate TerraSAR-X mission 2010
Pecora Award as member of the GRACE team 2007
Honour medal: Key contributor to U.S./Taiwan COSMIC/FORMOSAT-3 satellite mission 2006
Wernher-von-Braun-Award as member of the CHAMP/GRACE team 2003
GFZ research award 2002


Author/Co-Author of around 800 publications and conference contributions listed in the GFZ publication data base, preliminary related to GNSS methods for Earth Observation, more than 150 of these are ISI listed publications
ResearcherID: A-7257-2013
Four books as Co-Editor, one of these as editor in chief