Postdoc of Geobiology

The Natural History Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen) is offering a postdoc position commencing 1 December 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

The postdoc is part of the Dahl research group whose overarching goal is to understand the co-evolution of life and the environment through Earth history. The successful candidate will be embedded in an international and interdisciplinary research environment with a mix of field geologists, experimental geochemists and theoretical geophysicists. The research within this initiative will be carried out in collaboration with researchers at University of Copenhagen and international collaborators.

The purpose of the project is to quantify the influence of vascular plants on atmospheric O2 and/or CO2 levels during the early colonization of land (440-400 million years ago). The research will be mainly to construct a process-driven numerical model that quantifies the influence of roots on physical and chemical weathering processes. The project may include (but is not restricted to) quantification of soil depth, solute transport in the soil, nutrient runoff and/or aerobic O2 consumption as a function of physiological properties. In the longer perspective, the plant-soil weathering module should be integrated with global vegetation and climate models.

The postdoc's duties will include research within terrestrial ecology and Earth system science as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties. We expect the successful candidate to cooperate on joint publications with collaborators and members our research group and contribute to publications and activities.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Anders J. Hansen.

The position is open from 1 December 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

Supervisor is Associate Professor Tais W. Dahl, The Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen. For more detailed information please contact Dr. Tais W. Dahl at email:

Job description

The position is funded for 16 months by the Danish Research Council's ERC programme aiming for extension hereafter. The key tasks as a postdoc at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Participate in congresses/workshops
  • Write scientific articlesWrite science proposal

Formal requirements

We seek dedicated and self-motivated candidates with an academic background in a relevant field, e.g. theoretical geophysics/terrestrial ecology/biogeochemistry/earth science, with strong numerical modeling skills an ability to simplify complex problems, and have a track record of scientific excellence. We prefer candidates with a special interest in the history of life and the environment and/or in "geoengineering" prospects of using land plants for future climate mitigation. Good English language skills are necessary. As criteria for the assessment of the candidate's qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications in international peer-reviewed journals, coding skills, grade-point average, relevant work experience and other professional activities.

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 up to DKK 424.526 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72.594). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • A cover letter with description of current and future research plans
  • At least 2 named references who can judge your research skills
  • A piece of your own numerical code (that runs on a personal computer)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 22 October 2018, 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held on 1-2 November 2018.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe's top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation - with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture - creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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