Faculty of Science
Section of Geobiology and Minerals at the
Natural History Museum of Denmark

PhD fellow in Geobiology

The Natural History Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen) is offering a PhD scholarship commencing September 1st, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. Project description

The PhD is part of the Dahl research group whose overarching goal is to understand the co-evolution of life and the global environment through geological history. The research within this initiative is carried out in collaboration with researchers at the stable isotope laboratory at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and international collaborators.

The purpose of the project is to evaluate the global oxygenation state of the oceans during critical time periods in the early history of land plants (480-300 million years ago). The research will be mainly experimental working on stable isotope fractionation of uranium in sedimentary rocks, sample collection and sample preparation, but may also include numerical geochemical modelling.

Many geochemical proxies have been applied to record the oxygenation state of past oceans. Uranium isotopes have a promising potential as they can be applied to carbonate rocks simultaneously with other isotopic proxies for changes in the global marine biogeochemical cycles (e.g., 13C, 34S). We wish to document that uranium isotopes can record the chemical composition of contemporaneous seawater and that the signal was changing systematically during periods when ecologically distinct flora invaded land.

We expect the successful candidate to cooperate on joint publications with our research group and contribute to publications and activities. There will be an opportunity to spend part of the scholarship as a visiting scholar abroad.

Supervisor is Ass. Professor Tais W. Dahl, The Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen. For more detailed information please contact Professor Tais W. Dahl at email: tais.dahl@snm.ku.dk.

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Participate and (co-)organize on field work
  • Participate on congresses/workshops
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the Department

Formal requirements

We seek candidates with an academic background in geology/geochemistry/earth science, qualifying for enrolment in the 5+3 programme (3 year PhD programme) or 4+4 (4 year PhD programme). If applying for 4 year PhD programme applicants should be enrolled or accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty's master's programme. At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme. We prefer candidates with a thorough understanding of isotope geochemistry with a special interest in history of life and the environment. Good English language skills are necessary. As criteria for the assessment of the candidate's qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any), grade-point average, relevant work experience, and other professional activities. Former laboratory experience is required.

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 at a minimum DKK 309,109 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,699). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

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

Please include

  • Cover Letter
  • CV including publication list (max. 2 pages)
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4+4 scholarship)

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

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered. Interviews will be held in week 18 and 19 (May 1-12, 2017).

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd

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.

posted: 16 March 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.