Postdoctoral position in carbonate sequence
stratigraphy and diagenesis

The Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2,5-years postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on the lateral change of discontinuity surfaces and the factors controlling their formation.

The position is for 30 Months and is available from 1st of September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

This research project aims at better understanding the lateral variation of discontinuity surfaces. Indeed, most of the knowledge gathered so far about discontinuities is based on the interpretation of vertical stratigraphic succession, leaving large uncertainties about their lateral change, notably how marine lithified surfaces connect to subaerial exposures landward. This research project aims also at establishing an improved sequence stratigraphy model for carbonate ramp that will include the rock facies, the typology of discontinuities and their lateral change, and the associated carbon- and oxygen-isotopic signal of early cements. For this purpose, several remarkable stratigraphic surfaces of the Aalenian-Bajocian of Morocco, traceable over hundreds of kilometers, along both dip and strike of the Central High Atlas Basin, will be studied.

Within the frame of this project, you are expected to conduct several fieldwork sessions in the Central High Atlas Basin of Morocco, focusing on detailed sedimentological descriptions, logging and sampling of these remarkable surfaces. You will also contribute to sequence stratigraphic interpretations of the sampled intervals. In the laboratory, you are expected to proceed to thin section analysis and geochemical (major and trace elements concentration, and stable isotopes) analysis on both bulk rocks as well as individual cement phases using state-of-the-art Laser Ablation ICP-MS and SIMS analyses. Outcomes of this research project will be published in international peer-reviewed journals.

This research is financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF).

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD degree in Geology (or equivalent qualification), with a strong focus on sedimentary geology. International PhD or postdoc experience would be beneficial. Candidates are expected to be able to perform physically demanding field campaigns in remote and mountainous regions, and possess a valid driving license.

To be successful you will have:

  • Strong experience with carbonate facies interpretation (including thinsection analysis)
  • Proven fieldwork expertise in sedimentology or sedimentology-related topics.
  • Demonstrable practice in geochemical analyses and interpretation, and/or sequence stratigraphy.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English.
  • A demonstrable commitment to publication of original results at an international level in quality peerreview journals.

Experience in Moroccan geology and knowledge of carbonate diagenesis processes and product will be considered advantageous.

Who we are

The Department of Geoscience at Aarhus University is composed of 25 permanent scientific staff, 20 technical and administrative staff and 20 PhD students. The Department of Geoscience has recently opened a state-of-the-art world-class clean lab facility for geochemical and isotopic research (AGiR platform) as well as an advanced Lithospheric Organic Carbon laboratory and microscopy facility. You can read more at The place of work is the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information

Further information about the position may be obtained from:

Associate Prof. Stéphane Bodin
tel.: +45 93 50 83 71

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, a statement of future research plans and 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.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

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