PhD fellow in numerical modeling of periglacial hydrology

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in numerical modeling of periglacial hydrology commencing 15.12.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The Dept. of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) has 400 employees and 25 full professors. It has a broad basis in ecology, nature management, geology and geography, and a strong research focus on climate and environment. IGN is host to the Center for Permafrost (CENPERM), a Center of Excellence financed by the Danish National Research Foundation, and with which the PhD student will also be affiliated. The PhD project is funded through the Catchment Transport and Cryo Hydrology Network (CatchNet), and includes collaborations with partners in Canada, Sweden, and the U.S. CatchNet is funded by nuclear waste management organizations in six countries with the aim to better understand potential contaminant transport in future (100 000 – 1 000 000 years) cold climates, in a nuclear waste management perspective.

Project description
The project will focus on hydrological connections and pathways from glacial through periglacial systems to periglacial surface waters. This will be done through site specific conceptual and numerical modeling, informed by available data from glacial and periglacial sites on Greenland. The PhD student will set up models for regional groundwater flow, focusing on flow in unconsolidated materials, using existing hydrological and cryo-hydrological modeling tools. The student will also take part in a mentoring program led by the industrial partners of CatchNet. The work might include visits to periglacial field sites in Greenland.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor, Ylva Sjöberg, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management,

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

• To manage and carry through your research project• 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, preferably abroad• Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold a MSc degree in geo- or environmental sciences, or equivalent qualifications with good results and good English skills. Strong quantitative and/or experience in numerical modeling or programming is required. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment
The 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 325.625 (approx. €43,400) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,980). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

• Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
• CV
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
• Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
• Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 23rd of October 2019 (year), 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, 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. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor, Ylva Sjöberg, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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: 23 October 2019
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
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Post expires on Wednesday October 23rd, 2019