Center for Permafrost (CENPERM) at the University of Copenhagen is recruiting one PhD–student to work in the field of soil and plant interactions including gas production, transport and exchange with the atmosphere. The position is available from December 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
CENPERM, a Center of Excellence co-funded by the Danish National Research Foundation and University of Copenhagen, is an interdisciplinary research center with a scientific focus on “climate – vegetation –soil – microorganism – permafrost” along transects across the major climate zones of Greenland (see www.CENPERM.ku.dk). The center consists of about 25 permanent staff members from the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management and Department of Biology. Some 15 PhD students and postdocs have been or are currently affiliated with the center.
The successful candidate will work in an international environment with scientists and students working on related aspects of cryo-microbiology, biogeochemistry, ecology and ecosystem modelling.
Project OutlineThis PhD project aims to link observed soil and plant interactions in the Arctic under future climate conditions. Based on field observations and manipulation experiments in West Greenland since 2012, data are available for quantifying and model short- and long-term net ecosystem changes in carbon and nitrogen. Fieldwork at Disko, Greenland, will continue and include measurements of year-round gas exchange of greenhouse gasses.
We expect that detailed process-based models can help to assess the role of short and long-term interactions between the soil and pants and can help to understand the role of snow, thaw events and freeze-thaw dynamics for biogeochemical processes. These detailed models can subsequently be applied to determine the importance of these small-scale processes at landscape scale, and will help to explain spatial and temporal variations, specifically assessing the role and dynamics of “hotspots” for greenhouse gas exchange in the Arctic landscape.
Job descriptionThe position is available for a three-year period and the key tasks as a PhD student include:
- To manage and carry through your research project together with the research group and supervisor
- Attend PhD courses
- Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
- Teach and disseminate your research
- To stay at an external research institution for a few months, possibly abroad
- Work for the Department
More informationFor further information on the research project and environment, please contact Bo Elberling, professor, Director of CENPERM. E-mail: email@example.com
Formal requirements Applicants should hold an MSc degree or equivalent in geo- or bioscience (e.g. geography, biology, or environmental sciences), or have obtained this by 1 Dec 2019. Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement. The candidate is expected to be able to be involved in long-term field work in the Arctic – also during winter time.
Terms of employmentThe position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 328.355 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 56.148). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The successful candidate will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhDSchool of Science. The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management will be the main working place.
Application Procedure The application should include the following items. Applications that do not follow these requirements may not be evaluated:
- A cover letter (max. one page) describing your background, personal qualities, research interests and specific reasons for applying to this position.
- Project description based on the above project outline – including envisaged research methods (max. three pages)
- Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
- List of peer reviewed publications. You may include papers that have been accepted for publication or are in review.
- Transcripts of Diplomas (Master’s degree or equivalent)
- Contact details of two persons for references and a very brief description of your relationship to them. Do not attach reference letters.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, we will use a shortlisting procedure in the evaluation. An assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the shortlisted applications, and the remaining applicants will be notified that their applications will not be evaluated further. The authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills.
You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
The deadline for applications is 26 November 2019, 23:59 GMT +2
Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.
Deadline: 26 November 2019
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
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Post expires on Tuesday November 26th, 2019