PhD fellow in biogeochemical ocean modelling University of Copenhagen, Department of Geoscience and Nature Management Denmark

PhD fellow in biogeochemical ocean modelling


Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in biogeochemical ocean modelling commencing 15.03.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  


Description of the scientific environment  

The PhD will be part of NordCEE ( at University of Southern Denmark and University of Copenhagen. We are interested in the evolution of Earth surface environments through geologic time, and in particular, the evolution of atmospheric and ocean chemistry, and how these are coupled. The PhD as part of the PaleoROMS modelling initiative will spend most of the time in Sedimentary Research group in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. In PaleoROMS we use the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) to explore the oceanography as well as the biogeochemical and ecological evolution of ancient shelf seas. The PhD position is fully funded by the Villum Foundation.  


Project description  

PhD candidate will focus on applying and developing our biogeochemical component of the high-resolution ocean modeling system (ROMS) to explore how ocean chemistry might have changed in response to different levels of atmospheric oxygen, different biogeochemical pathways and different states of ecological evolution. The PhD student will be required to have a strong interest in the biogeochemical cycles of elements and isotopes, and Earth evolution, a good background in math and chemistry. Preferably the candidate has the ability to apply and enhance ROMS.  


Principal supervisor is Professor MSO, Christian J. Bjerrum, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management,, Direct Phone: +45 2426 8557. Co-supervisor is Professor Don Canfield, University of Southern Denmark,  


Job description  

The position is 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 an MSc degree in Geoscience or related Science degree with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on ability to apply and enhance ROMS, 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 322,642 (approx. €43,015) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). 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, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project  

• CV  

• Diploma and transcripts of grade 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 11.12.2018, 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 Professor MSO, Christian J. Bjerrum, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management,, Direct Phone: +45 2426 8557.  


General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at  

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