Postdoc in Cosmogenic Nuclides, Inverse Modeling, and Quantitative Geomorphology

Aarhus University



The Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to work with cosmogenic nuclides and inverse modeling in order to infer erosion rates and Quaternary landscape evolution in Scandinavia.
The position is available from February 1st, 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Research Area
The main duties of the postdoctoral researcher will be related to cosmogenic nuclide analysis, including preparation of field work, sample processing, and data analysis. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will use inverse modeling techniques to infer erosion rates, and forward modeling to assess the solid-Earth/sea-level response to this erosion.
The postdoctoral researcher is expected to assist with the supervision of thesis projects for (under-) graduate students and the writing of larger grant applications. Classroom teaching is optional.

Your Profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in Earth sciences, geochemistry, geophysics or similar.
The applicant should have proven research experience and academic publications within cosmogenic nuclide dating. Furthermore, the applicant should have experience within geomorphology and landscape evolution. The ideal candidate has experience with sample processing for both cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al. Fieldwork experience from high plateau landscapes in Scandinavia is advantageous. Experience with inverse modeling schemes to evaluate cosmogenic nuclide data sets is beneficial, but not a requirement. Knowledge of numerical modeling of surface processes is very useful.
The applicant should have good proficiency in English, have good communication skills, and should be able to work as part of a team.

Research Group
The postdoctoral researcher will be part of a newly established research group working to quantify Quaternary landscape evolution in Scandinavia and more broadly to understand the influence of surface processes on solid-Earth deformation, ice-sheet stability, and sea-level change.
One of the main objectives of the research is to constrain solid-Earth deformation and resulting sea-level changes due to glacial erosion and sediment deposition in the Scandinavian region during the Quaternary. Additional objectives in the research group relates to the influence of Quaternary landscape evolution for Scandinavian Ice Sheet dynamics, ice volume, and sea-level contributions, and to elucidate the influence of Earth surface processes, solid-Earth deformation, and global sea-level interactions on the recent evolution and collapse of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet during the last glacial cycle. The position is funded by the VILLUM Foundation.

The place of work is Department of Geoscience, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 
Deadline for application is September 16, 2019.

For further information please contact: Assistant Professor Vivi Kathrine Pedersen (, +45 2176 3885). 

Application Procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and Salary Range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

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