Ph.D. position “Modelling Cretaceous Paleocenography and sediment deposition”

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The Department of Geography and Geology (DGG) at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen hereby offers a fully funded Ph.D. position.

We seek a highly motivated candidate to work on numerical modelling of the Cretaceous palaeoceanography, with the aim of seeking a better understanding of green-house climate relation to fluid dynamic flow and sediment transport/deposition in the benthic boundary layer. This work is related to the observed sedimentology of the Chalk Sea and could result in a new generation of model predictions of sediment properties at locally and regional scale. The project will be carried out within the framework of the newly established joint DGG and Maersk Oil Research Centre which will host five PhD students and two assistant professors in addition to the permanent staff at DGG and Maersk Oil. Project participants have backgrounds in sedimentology, geophysics, stratigraphy, numerical modelling, geochemistry, paleontology/paleoecology and engineering. The ultimate aim of the research centre is to improve the qualitative and quantitative understanding of chalk depositional systems.

Qualifications The successful candidate should be creative, innovative and ideally should have experience in numerical modelling in geoscience with a broad geological understanding. Relevant backgrounds include geophysics, geology, physical geography, fluid dynamic, environmental sciences, marine sciences. We expect that the candidate will publish in international peer-reviewed journals, write a Ph. D. thesis within the project duration of three years and assist in teaching within the department. The scholarship is open for two alternative Ph.D. arrangements: A regular 3-year program; here the candidate must hold a M.Sc. degree, A special 4-year program; here the candidate must hold a B.Sc. degree and have completed one year of the M.Sc. program (equivalent to 60 ECTS).

Terms of employment In the regular 3-year program, the successful Ph.D. candidate will be offered a full-time Ph.D. position for a period of three years, contingent on a satisfactory performance, with the specific intent that it results in a Ph.D. degree and scientific publications. In the 4-year program, the successful Ph.D. candidate will be paid in accordance with the Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme Authority Order for the first two years until awarded a M. Sc. and as a full-time Ph.D. for the remaining two years. The salary depends on seniority, as agreed between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, and is within the range of 23,000-30,000 DKK/month (approximately 3,100-4,000 Euro/month) in the 3-year program and 10,000-12,000 DKK/month for the first two years of the 4-year program.

Further information can be obtained from Associate Professor Christian Bjerrum, (e-mail: General information on the Department of Geography and Geology can be found at and the PhD school at

How to apply Applications, including (i) a motivation for the application (0.5 A4 page), (ii) a statement of research interests in relation to the research aim described above, (iii) curriculum vitae including list of publications, (iv) a copy of MSc diploma and grade transcripts or equivalent, (v) a short abstract of the M.Sc. thesis or equivalent, and (vi) the names, e-mails, telephones and addresses of 2-4 referees, must be submitted as a single pdf file. Apply online, see link below. The deadline for application is August 1st 2012.

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

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