Postdoctoral position in core analysis

Do you have experience in core analysis and a desire to tackle a new project?

Are you interested in a research career working mainly with core analysis in a high standard core laboratory? A 2-year Postdoctoral position in core analysis is available at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).

Job description

The Postdoc. position is an integrated part of a strategic research project conducted by Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Center at DTU, Copenhagen University and GEUS' Core Laboratory. In the project, you will generate core analysis data (porosity and permeability) from chalk outcrop material and cores drilled in Northern Jutland, with a possibility to participate in field work. Based on this and additional data you will generate petrophysical logs and analyse data relations, and will organise the storage of the data and the core material. You will be responsible for the database containing the project data, and you are expected to contribute to publications. You will also participate in the project portfolio of GEUS' Core Laboratory with reservoir conditions experiments, determination of Archie parameters and other activities.

Your qualifications

The appointment will be made on the basis of academic qualifications. Upon appointment, particular emphasis is placed on the following qualifications:

  • A relevant Ph.D. within the last couple of years.
  • Documented laboratory experience and having worked with petrophysics are preferred skills.

Special consideration will be given to the candidate's ability to be an efficient team worker, and with good communication skills. The candidate must also master English and if they do not speak Danish, they must be prepared to learn Danish to an appropriate level within the first 12 months of employment.

Department of Reservoir Geology

The Reservoir Geology department acts as consultant for the Danish Energy Agency, which manages the state's supervision of the Danish energy sector. The tasks are related to field structure, field delineation, reservoir petrophysical properties, resource evaluation, migration of oil and gas, etc.

Our focus is on oil and gas extraction in the North Sea and Greenland, geothermal energy in Denmark, CO2 storage and unconventional resources.The department consists of 20 experienced and dedicated people of high internationally recognized standard, working with a broad range of reservoir geological subjects in relation to the deep underground.

GEUS' Core Laboratory is a petrophysical research laboratory. The laboratory has more than 25 years experience in analysing geological materials at room and reservoir conditions. The main focus of the laboratory's work has been on chalk and sandstone from the oil and gas fields in the North Sea. Since 2001, the laboratory has specialized in special core analysis (SCAL) both as a service to the industry and as part of R&D projects. Amongst others, our present research projects concern Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), CO2 storage in aquifers, heat storage and geothermal energy.

We offer

  • A creative and interdisciplinary research environment
  • A lively and informal working environment with talented and dedicated colleagues
  • Versatile work duties and good opportunities to influence them
  • Development opportunities with access to courses and other further education
  • Family friendly workplace with flextime
  • An active social environment, with a staff association and art society
  • Fitness centre with physiotherapy at the workplace

Salary and conditions of employment

In accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the relevant eligible trade union.

The appointment area is the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate and its institutions.

The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate considers diversity to be an asset and invites anybody interested, regardless of gender, age, religion or ethnicity to apply for the position.

Further information

Please contact the Head of Department Peter Britze on tel. +45 91 33 37 51, e-mail: or Dan Olsen on tel. +45 91 33 3762 e-mail:

International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark on GEUS' extranet:


The application must include a letter of motivation, a CV, a list of publications with a separate indication of journal papers that are registered in ISI Web of Science, copies of any individual publications of particular relevance to the position and, if relevant, contact details of referees (max. 2). PhD diploma, as well as a summary of the PhD or other material that can document qualifications at Postdoc level must be enclosed.

Submitted PhD theses that have not yet been defended may be sent with the application and will be included in the assessment. The PhD thesis must be approved by the University prior to appointment.

Please, send your application via GEUS' website under Jobs and Education (Job og Uddannelse). Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), Wednesday 14 December 2016.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The appointment procedure

An expert academic assessment committee consisting of two internal senior researchers will make an individual evaluation of applicants' academic qualifications, where candidates are deemed qualified or non-qualified in relation to the position advertised. Then an appointments committee decide which of the qualified candidates they want to call for a job interview. The procedure is in accordance with "Circular on the appointment and assessment of academic staff at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland", Sections 4 and 7.

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an internationally oriented, independent research institution within the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, and is part of Geocenter Denmark. GEUS also acts as consultant to public authorities and individuals within nature, climate, the environment, energy and mineral resources. GEUS is responsible for the scientific exploration of the geology in Denmark and Greenland including shelf areas. GEUS maps, acquires and monitors data, informs the public about geological matters and is the national geological data centre.

posted: 29 November 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.