Faculty of Science
Section for Geobiology and Minerals/Natural History Museum

Postdoc of Igneous Petrology and Isotope Geochemistry


The Natural History Museum of Denmark invites applicants for a 1-year post-doctoral research appointment to investigate the isotopic expression of mantle fluids in kimberlitic rock suites. Water recycling between Earth's surface and the mantle is a significant part of the global water cycle, yet there is at present little understanding of whether the mass-balance between water introduced to the mantle at subduction zones and water liberated from the mantle by volcanism is a steady state or temporally variable process. We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to help us evaluate how the size of the hydrogen (a proxy for water) reservoir in the mantle has changed over Earth's history, by measuring the hydrogen isotope composition of minerals from volatile-rich, mantle derived volcanic rocks. The project is supported by Geocenter Denmark, and as such the candidate will be working in cooperation with faculty from the Natural History Museum, the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at University of Copenhagen, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, and the Department of Geoscience at Aarhus University.

The postdoc's duties will include carrying out detailed petrographic, geochemical and H and O stable isotope analyses on a suite of hydrous, mantle derived magmatic rocks from our collections from East Greenland, in order to evaluate the effects of fractional crystallization and assimilation of crust on hydrogen isotope compositions of hydrous phases. The post may also include teaching and performance of other duties.

Applicants must have been awarded a doctoral degree, and have experience in igneous petrology and petrography, stable isotope geochemistry, high-temperature geochemistry or a related field. Excellent analytical skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, and the ability to work independently and as a team are essential. Expertise in the measurement of stable isotopes, mantle geology and/or alkaline or volatile-rich magmatic rocks is advantageous.

Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Assistant Professor Emily Catherine Pope (emily@snm.ku.dk).

The position is open from 18.04.2017 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.

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 408,730 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 69,893). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically and can be accessed through the University of Copenhagen job portal: http://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=879465

Please include

  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan - description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is Thursday 15 February 2017, 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews will be held on 6-10 March 2017.

posted: 17 January 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.