Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management,
Faculty of Science

PhD fellow in sedimentology

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in sedimentology commencing 01.01.2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The project is part of a large research consortium focussing on the development of hydrocarbon reservoirs in the Lower Cretaceous carbonates/marls of the Danish North Sea. The consortium is a collaboration between University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, the Technical University of Denmark and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland funded by Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre and involves a number PhD and Post doc positions. The successful candidate will work within Basin Studies Research Group (Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen), which hosts a prolific research environment within various fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental studies.

Project description

The PhD project constitutes a central element in a larger work package involving a number of researchers. The overall aim of the work package is to develop a framework that enables the prediction of essential reservoir properties of the Lower Cretaceous pelagic carbonates and marls away from existing wells in the Danish North Sea. The PhD student will focus on creating a quantified link between depositional processes, reservoir properties, clay content, microtexture, and stacking patterns. Detailed sedimentological description and interpretation of drill cores will constitute a large part of the project. This will be supplemented with correlation to other, previously described cores, analysis of stacking patterns, and quantitative microtextural analyses of core samples and cuttings. Results will be placed within an integrated stratigraphic framework developed in collaboration between all participants of the work package. The PhD student will work closely together with another PhD student based at Aarhus University.

Principal supervisor is associate professor Kresten Anderskouv, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management,, Direct Phone: +45 35322477.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • 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

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in geology with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

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 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). 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 detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

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 5 November 2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

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


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor associate professor Kresten Anderskouv, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management,, Direct Phone: +45 35322477.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

posted: 10 October 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.