PhD fellow in Geology at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management

University of Copenhagen


PhD fellow in Geology at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Geology commencing 1 July 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.  


Description of the scientific environment 

The Section of Geology is part of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management and is located on Øster Voldgade 10 in the central part of Copenhagen. The successful applicant will be working daily in the Research group of Geochemical, Mineralogical and Petrological Earth Science, which includes analytical facilities such as EMPA, ICP-MS, LA-ICP-MS, and several TIMS instruments. 


Project description 

The research project will investigate Archaean rocks from SW Greenland using petrographical and geochemical methods at the University of Copenhagen. However, an important component of the project consists of a mandatory 6-month research stay at the University of Alberta for measurement of Pt-Os isotopes. The research will investigate the petrogenesis of peridotites and chromitites, with the aim of determining their exact age and geodynamic formation environment. 


Principal supervisor is Assistant Professor, Kristoffer Szilas, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 35 32 65 47. 


Job description 

The position is available 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 Geology or Geochemistry with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. 


This project is within the fields of petrology and geochemistry and will study the oldest rocks found in Greenland using various isotope systems including Pt-Os and Lu-Hf. Fieldwork in remote areas of Greenland is a mandatory part of this study, and therefore it is a requirement to have previous field/camping experience preferably in an arctic climate for safety reasons. A background in igneous geochemistry and petrology, as well as a strong working knowledge of the use of SEM and/or EMPA is mandatory. Additionally, the candidate should have analytical skills using MC-ICP-MS and/or LA-ICP-MS, as well as significant routine in chromatographic element separation/geochemical lab procedures relevant for the Lu-Hf isotope system. Previous experience with the development of new protocols for LA-ICP-MS analysis is consider highly advantageous for this position. 


This position requires a 6-month change of research environment, which will take place at the University of Alberta, Canada. Previous clean lab experience is therefore considered essential. 


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 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). 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, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.  

• CV  

• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 

• Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any 

• 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 31 March 2019, 23:59 GMT +2. 


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 [Assistant Professor, Kristoffer Szilas, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 35 32 65 47]. 


General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at  

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