Professor of Earthquake Seismology

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Jan 2024

28 Nov 2023
Job Information

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

The Department of Geophysics and Sedimentary Basins
Research Field

Geosciences » Geology
Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)

Application Deadline

10 Jan 2024 - 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

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) seeks applicants with a strong research profile in earthquake seismology to fill a new full professor position.

You are expected to contribute to GEUS’ overall strategy by strengthening our knowledge on earthquake seismological data acquisition, processing, modelling, and interpretation. GEUS is responsible for collecting earthquake data in Denmark and Greenland, and as part of this effort GEUS continuously seeks to improve and advance data recording and data analysis to retrieve new information and improve our knowledge of the deep to shallow subsurface. As professor, you are expected to lead this development.

In Denmark, much analysis has been undertaken in recent years to point out offshore and onshore sites that are suitable for future CO2 storage (CCS). In collaboration with GEUS colleagues and industry partners, you may become involved in designing seismological setups for monitoring of future potential CO2 storage sites.

You are expected to promote our ideas, competences, and concepts to the surrounding world, to deliver research output at a high international level, and to successfully obtain funding for and lead larger research projects. Moreover, the position aims at strengthening and profiling our research, public sector consultancy and advisory activities.

The position is in the Department of Geophysics and Sedimentary Basins, which is located at GEUS’ main office in Copenhagen.

Job description

The candidate is expected to establish and further develop a strong and coherent research group in the Department of Geophysics and Sedimentary Basins, which closely cooperates with the other departments in GEUS as well as with Danish universities and relevant international research institutions. Many of GEUS’ activities in this research field are focused on Denmark and Greenland, and fieldwork in these environments will be central for the research group. Moreover, development and application of new, innovative methods for data acquisition as well as efficient data analysis is expected to continuously contribute to advancement of the research field, and the professor is expected to play a central role in this context.

Candidates for professorships at GEUS must have a strong research profile in the field and have a strong publication track record in international research journals with high impact in the research field. Moreover, candidates are expected to have played and have the ambition to play a key role in advancing the research field, for example by taking part in organisation of international conferences and by editing relevant journals and/or book series.

Research activities are to a large extent dependent on external funding. GEUS has a strong tradition for attracting research funding from e.g. Danish research councils, the European Commission, private foundations and authorities. GEUS also leads and acts as partner in internationally funded research projects such as EU Horizon projects. Professors at GEUS should have a strong track record of research funding and play a leading role in research funding application and project management.

Professors at GEUS are expected to set the direction for GEUS’ research within their field of expertise and related fields to develop and advance research and make new ideas thrive in an open and welcoming research environment. Furthermore, professors at GEUS play an active role in career planning for early career scientific staff and take responsibility for the education of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. They are also expected to have a collaborative spirit and actively engage with other professors, project managers and staff to contribute to a dynamic research environment. Moreover, professors may become members of GEUS’ research committee and act as sparring partners for management decisions on strategic planning and hiring plans for scientific staff.

GEUS is an independent research institution under the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities . GEUS provides research-based public sector consultancy for Danish governmental institutions and research-based advice to private companies. Professors are expected to either take part in such public sector consultancy and advice or to act as sparring partners for colleagues and management in such matters.

Your qualifications

We seek candidates with an excellent international profile. Consideration will be given to your international network, your ability to engage and motivate staff, as well as your openness, drive, and interpersonal skills. 

You have a research profile within earthquake seismology, and you have visions and ideas for developing the research field. You are experienced in creating and establishing research projects with different partners, obtaining external funding, and in leading and managing large research projects.

Experience with supervising of MSc, PhD students and early careers researchers are a prerequisite.

We also expect you to have experience with fieldwork, and public sector consultancy and advisory activities (or similar)

The Department of Geophysics and Sedimentary Basins

The department’s main responsibilities are geological and geophysical tasks concerning energy resources, nature, and the environment. Its activities include participation in national and international research projects, mapping, and research in collaboration with the Danish and Greenlandic authorities in relation to externally funded research and consulting tasks, mainly concerning CCS, geothermal energy and energy storage.

The 27 specialised and dedicated people in the department participate in interdisciplinary consulting and research projects with universities and other research institutions. They do research and consulting within a broad range of geophysical and geological topics related to the deep subsurface, using advanced modelling and mapping tools, for example basin modelling and mapping of geological structures. 

We offer:
  • A creative and interdisciplinary research environment
  • A lively and informal work environment with talented and dedicated colleagues
  • A family-friendly workplace with flexible working hours
  • An active social environment, including a staff association and an art society
  • Fitness centre with physiotherapy at the workplace

Salary and conditions of employment

The position as Professor is permanent. Terms of employment are in accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the relevant, eligible trade union. Supplements can be negotiated according to skills. 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

A full description of the position can be obtained from the Head of Department, Nina Skaarup, telephone +45 22 22 16 76, e-mail [email protected] , or Deputy Director, Lars Nielsen, telephone +45 91 33 38 70, e-mail [email protected] . International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark here:


The application is to be written in English and should include a letter of motivation, your PhD diploma and CV, a complete publication list with 1) a separate indication of peer reviewed journal papers and 2) an indication of publications where you have either been the lead or senior author.

The application shall include the relevant academic works that you wish to be included in the professor assessment (max. 10). Please also enclose other material that can document your research and teaching qualifications. You are requested to include a 2-3-page account that refers to your most important academic work with relevance to the position. Finally, you are encouraged to make a one-page explanation of your plans for the development of the field. In addition to the material that you wish to include for the assessment, the assessment committee can choose to include further material in their evaluation. It is your responsibility to send the material to the committee upon request.

It is mandatory to include your updated ResearcherID and/or ORCID, which will be used to assess the publication record in Web of Science. Any recently accepted or submitted publications can be added separately to a list of publications.

Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), 10 January 2024.

Please, send your application via GEUS’ website  under Jobs.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The appointment procedure

GEUS’ Managing Director appoints an expert assessment committee consisting of a chair and two or four external researchers at professor level. The assessment committee will make an individual evaluation of the candidate’s academic qualifications for the position advertised.

Then GEUS’ Managing Director appoints an appointment committee consisting of a Deputy Director, the Head of Department, representatives of the department and a representative from HR. The appointment committee decides which of the qualified candidates they want to call for a job interview. After the interviews, the appointment committee prepares a priority list for the Director. 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
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
Postal Code
Oester Voldgade 10

Where to apply



Oester Voldgade 10
Postal Code


[email protected]
[email protected]

+45 22 22 16 76
+45 91 33 38 70


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