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Postdoc position within relative sea level data and databases
Copenhagen, Denmark
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

As part of the project “Building understanding of Greenland ice sheet change through Marine Limit and Relative Sea-Level databases”, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, the Department of Glaciology and Climate at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is hiring a Postdoc with expertise in relative sea level data for a period of 2.5 years (30 months) commencing October 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Job description
Gaining a better understanding of the past history of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) under different climate conditions and deglacial states is extremely important for understanding how it will respond to present and future climate warming. Geophysical models that model the evolution of the ice sheet rely on marine limit and relative sea-level (RSL) data from the most recent deglacial period (c. 14,000 years ago to present) to tune and validate their outcome, and as such, the data is extremely important for understanding the response of solid earth to deglaciation of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

The Postdoc will compile all Greenland marine limit and RSL data and thus will contribute to an overview of the spatial variability of past land motion behavior of Greenland. Moreover, the Postdoc will develop new databases, containing all metadata, and which will be made open-access and publicly available.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with Co-I Associate Professor Dr. Sarah Woodroffe (Durham University, UK) and Co-I Emeritus Dr. Svend Funder (University of Copenhagen).

Your qualifications
The appointment will be made based on academic qualifications. The candidate should hold a PhD degree in Natural Sciences (e.g. Geology, Geosciences, Geography, Biology) and have documented experience working with Late Glacial and Holocene material. It would be an advantage if the candidate has experience working with Relative Sea Level data from lake core data and terrestrial sea level indicators from the Arctic.

Experience with data assimilation studies, including database building/management would also be an advantage but is not a requirement. Proficiency in English is required, and organization and communication skills are important. Engagement in the project and interest in cross-collaborative methods and understanding is expected.

Department of Glaciology and Climate
The Department of Glaciology and Climate study both the current and past changes of the Greenland ice sheet and the ocean surrounding it. Past changes (last 10,000 years) in the ice sheet, ocean and biological systems are studied using marine sediment cores applying a broad variety of proxy methods. The current loss of ice from Greenland is studied using a network of climate stations, satellite observations and modeling. Besides doing research, we provide advice to government agencies and the private sector and provide supervision to university students.

The department has an international staff of c. 30 researchers, PhD students and postdocs. We have a great focus on multi-disciplinary collaboration across the department and conduct department seminars and other activities to foster this. We also prioritize social arrangements to welcome and integrate new employees to our informal and friendly working environment.

We offer

• A creative and interdisciplinary research environment
• A lively and informal working environment with talented and dedicated colleagues
• Versatile work duties and good opportunities to influence them
• Development opportunities with access to courses and other further education
• Family friendly workplace with flextime
• An active social environment, with a staff association and art society
• Fitness centre with physiotherapy at the workplace

Salary and conditions of employment
In accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the relevant eligible trade union. The appointment area is the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and its institutions. The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities considers diversity to be an asset and invites anybody interested, regardless of gender, age, religion, or ethnicity to apply for the position.

Further information
Please contact the senior researcher Kristian K. Kjeldsen, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. telephone: +45 9133 3428 or head of department Signe B. Andersen, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. telephone: +45 9133 3804.

International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark on GEUS’


The application must include a letter of motivation, a CV (incl. ORCID), a list of publications with a separate indication of journal papers that are registered in ISI Web of Science. We highly recommend that an ORCID identifier is stated in the CV, as it will be used for evaluating applicant publication records. The PhD diploma certificate or a pre-approval from the candidate’s supervisor or other material that can document qualifications at Postdoc level, as well as a short summary of the PhD, must be enclosed. If relevant, contact details of referees (max. 2).

Submitted PhD theses that have not yet been defended may be sent with the application and will be included in the assessment. The PhD thesis must be approved by the University prior to appointment.

You can send your application by clicking on the “Apply for position” (“Søg stillingen”) button. Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), Thursday 21 July 2022.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The appointment procedure
An expert academic assessment committee consisting of two internal senior researchers will make an individual evaluation of applicants’ academic qualifications, where candidates are deemed qualified or non-qualified in relation to the position advertised. Then an appointments committee will decide which of the qualified candidates they want to call for a job interview. The procedure is in accordance with “Circular on the appointment and assessment of academic staff at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland”, Sections 4 and 7.


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