Postdoctoral position in field-based research and modelling of permafrost-affected ecosystems in Greenland

University of Copenhagen, Center for Permafrost (CENPERM)


Postdoctoral position in field-based research and modelling of permafrost-affected ecosystems in Greenland at Center for Permafrost (re-advertisement)


Center for Permafrost (CENPERM) at University of Copenhagen is recruiting a postdoctoral associate to work with field-based ecosystem manipulations and upscaling of ecosystem processes with a focus on soil physics and biogeochemical processes in Greenland. The position is for two years.


CENPERM is a Center of Excellence financed by the Danish National Research Foundation (2012-2022) and hosted by the Geography Section of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. CENPERM is focusing at interdisciplinary research of biogeochemical and physical processes in an approach to integrate “climate-vegetation-soil-microorganism-permafrost” along transects across the major climate zones of Greenland. The ambition is to improve the quantification and predictions of changes in element pools and fluxes relevant for Arctic ecosystems.


Research project
In the last seven years, CENPERM has performed field manipulations and measurements in the Arctic. New field activities include a winter warming experiment in Greenland and year-round measurements of subsurface greenhouse gas production and exchange with the atmosphere. We want to recruit a strong candidate to support the continuation of these field activities and to use previously collected and new data for upscaling to landscape and regional scales with process-based modelling and/or statistical methods, in order to extend the findings in time and space.


We expect the candidate to have qualifications and interests in a combination in at least 3 of the following topics:

  • Field-based ecosystem manipulation experiments

  • Monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions, with a particular focus on winter measurements of soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas exchange

  • Laboratory investigations of subsurface greenhouse gas production and transport

  • Process-based modelling of ecosystem processes with a focus on improved understanding of field manipulation results

  • Remote sensing-based upscaling of field measurements

  • Structural equation modelling, or similar


The postdoctoral associate can expect to work within a well-established interdisciplinary research group and take part in co-supervision of master- and PhD-students. We specifically seek a candidate with documented knowledge and interest in field-based experiments and process-based modelling of the environment, with hands-on experience using specific models - preferably with experience from Arctic ecosystems.


Candidates should have a PhD degree preferably in Earth or Environmental Sciences, Biogeochemistry or Biological Sciences with documented research in soil including interactions with organisms and/or the environment, and preferably linked to greenhouse gas production/transport.


Salary and terms of employment
The place of work will be in Copenhagen. The position is for 24 months (with a possibility of extension) starting on 1 February 2020 or as early as possible thereafter.


The starting salary is currently up to DKK 430.569 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 73.627). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


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 University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


How to apply
The applications must be in English, submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below and include:

  • Letter of application - detailing the basis on which the applicant wishes his or her scientific, teaching and other qualifications to be assessed

  • Curriculum vita, incl. education, experience, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills (max. 5 pages)

  • Detailed outline of proposed research, including research questions and methods (max. 5 pages)

  • Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s) (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)

  • Complete list of publications, highlighting the 3 most importance and why

  • Two letters of recommendation

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2019, 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.


You can read about the recruitment process at


Contact person
For more information, please contact Bo Elberling, Professor and Director of Center for Permafrost (CENPERM), Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen. E-mail: the CENPERM homepage:

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