Postdoctoral position within paleoceanography

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Dec 2023

15 Nov 2023
Job Information

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Glaciology and Climate
Research Field

Geosciences » Geology
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

8 Dec 2023 - 12:00 (Europe/Copenhagen)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Join the cutting-edge research project, "Gulfstream Variability in a Globally Warming World – The Forgotten Danish Archive," funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

The Department of Glaciology and Climate at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is hiring a Postdoc with expertise in paleoceanography for a period of 2 years (24 months) commencing April 1st 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The project addresses the intriguing question of how the Gulfstream will respond to climatic warming and other changes in the boundary conditions for example the melting Greenland ice sheet. Given the limited time span of instrumental time series, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland aim to build a unique archive spanning approximately 15,000 years, specifically from the last interglacial period (the Eemian) when temperatures were 1-1.5°C higher than present. The archive, derived from coring a 50-meter-thick sequence of marine clay in Denmark, will provide insights into the multidecadal natural variability of the Gulfstream under warm climate conditions.

The postdoc will undertake non-destructive sediment core analysis and alkenone-based thermometry, and contribute vital data to a multi-proxy project, which unites an international team of researchers from GEUS, LOCEAN Sorbonne University (France), Geotop-University of Quebec in Montreal (Canada), Aarhus University (Denmark) and Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

Your qualifications

The appointment will be made based on academic qualifications. The candidate must hold a PhD degree in Natural Sciences (e.g. Geology, Geosciences, Geography, Biology) and have documented experience working with organic geochemistry, paleoceanography and basic marine soft sediment core analysis. It would be an advantage if the candidate has experience working with statistical techniques like Principal Component Analysis, other paleoclimate reconstruction methods and dating methods but it's 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 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 approx. 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 flexible hours

• 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 Camilla S. Andresen, e-mail: [email protected] telephone: +45 9133 3816 or head of department Signe B. Andersen, email: [email protected] 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.

Please, send your application via GEUS’ website under Jobs (Job). Your application must be with GEUS no later than December 8th, 2023 at 12:00 midday (Danish time).

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The appointment procedure

An expert academic assessment committee consisting of two GEUS 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.

Research Field
Geosciences » Geology
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

Additional Information
Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
København K
Postal Code
Øster Voldgade 10

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Øster Voldgade 10
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