Dr. Benedikt Soja

Benedikt is a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow working with Richard Gross in the research group Geodynamics and Space Geodesy on the joint determination of terrestrial and celestial reference frames via Kalman filtering.

  • Ph.D. study “Geodesy and Geoinformation”, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, completed with distinction and approved for “Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae”, Ph.D. thesis: “Application of Kalman Filtering in VLBI Data Analysis”, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Harald Schuh (04/2015 – 04/2016)
  • Ph.D. study “Geodesy and Geoinformation Science”, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (05/2013 – 03/2016)
  • Master study “Geodesy and Geophysics”, TU Vienna, “Diplom-Ingenieur” degree (MSc) with distinction, master thesis: “Probing the solar corona with VLBI”, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Johannes Böhm (07/2011 – 04/2013)
  • Semester abroad at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, study program “Geomatics” (02–08/2012)
  • Bachelor study “Geodesy and Geoinformation”, TU Vienna, “Bachelor of Science” degree, with distinction (10/2008 – 07/2011)

Research Interests: 

Space geodetic techniques, terrestrial and celestial reference frames, Earth orientation parameters, Kalman filtering

Professional Experience: 
  • Postdoctoral researcher at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA, Group 335N: Geodynamics and Space Geodesy (11/2016 - Present)
  • Postdoctoral researcher at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany, Section 1.1: Space Geodetic Techniques (05/2016 – 10/2016)
  • Project assistant in project “VLBI analysis in real-time” (Austrian Science Fund), GFZ Potsdam, Section 1.1: Space Geodetic Techniques (05/2013 – 04/2016)

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA JPL (11/2016 - Present)
  • Second prize at the Science Slam at Geodetic Week 2016, Hamburg, Germany (10/2016)
  • Bernd Rendel prize for Geosciences 2015 (German Research Foundation) (10/2015)
  • Second prize at the Science Slam at Geodetic Week 2014, Berlin, Germany (10/2014)
  • Best EGU Talk Award, GFZ Potsdam PhD Day 2014 (second prize) (03/2014)
  • Appreciation award of the Austrian Federal Minister of Science and Research 2013 for excellent study achievements (11/2013)
  • Students' Best Poster Award, IAG Scientific Assembly 2013 (second prize) (09/2013)
  • Erasmus scholarship at ETH Zurich (02–08/2012)
  • Twelve external travel grants (EGU, IUGG, DAAD,...) (2012 - Present)
  • Multiple TU Vienna performance scholarships (2008 – 2012)

Selected Publications: 

Benedikt is author or co-author of 14 peer-reviewed and 28 other publications as well as 76 conference contributions. His three most important publications are:

  1. Soja, B., T. Nilsson, K. Balidakis, S. Glaser, R. Heinkelmann, H. Schuh: Determination of a terrestrial reference frame via Kalman filtering of very long baseline interferometry data. Journal of Geodesy, 17 pp., doi: 10.1007/s00190-016-0924-7, 2016.
  2. Soja, B., T. Nilsson, M. Karbon, F. Zus, G. Dick, Z. Deng, J. Wickert, R. Heinkelmann, H. Schuh: Tropospheric delay determination by Kalman filtering VLBI data. Earth, Planets and Space 67:144, doi: 10.1186/s40623-015-0293-0, 2015.
  3. Soja, B., R. Heinkelmann, H. Schuh: Probing the solar corona with very long baseline interferometry. Nature Communications 5:4166, doi: 10.1038/ncomms5166, 2014.
Benedikt Soja
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