Horizon 2020 HiTech AlkCarb: 2-year postdoc in
carbonatite-hosted mineralizing systems

  • Develop new minerals systems models and a prospectivity mapping approach for critical metals and minerals in carbonatites.
  • Work closely with carbonatite, alkaline rock, geophysics and exploration specialists on the Horizon 2020-funded project HiTech AlkCarb (www.carbonatites.eu, grant agreement No. 689909).
  • Join the Department of Petrology and Economic Geology at GEUS.
  • Start date: 01/Feb/2018.


HiTech AlkCarb is a 4-year Horizon 2020-funded project that aims to develop new geomodels for critical metals and minerals (e.g. REE, Nb, Sc, Ta, Zr, Hf, CaF2) in alkaline rocks and carbonatites. Geological exploration models for alkaline and carbonatite systems are still relatively limited in scope and extent. However, a wealth of new data and insights exist from the first two years of HiTech AlkCarb, and are ready to be synthesised into a new process-based understanding and model of critical metal deposits in alkaline rocks and carbonatites.

Job description

You will build on scientific advances from the first two years of HiTech AlkCarb to develop a new scale-and depth-dependent prospectivity mapping approach for rare earth elements and other critical metals in carbonatite systems. The project will involve synthesising and manipulating large amounts of existing geological, geophysical, geochemical and remote sensing data collected from different carbonatite complexes in, for example, southern Germany, Malawi and Greenland. You will collaborate closely with industry and academic project partners from across the EU, including postdocs at BGS, University of Exeter, University of Tübingen, and build their subject matter expertise into your research. The project may involve gathering additional petrophysical data from existing samples, and possibly fieldwork in Namibia.

Your qualifications

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

  • PhD in geology, geoscience or geophysics.
  • A solid understanding of mineralogy, petrology and magmatic systems is required.
  • Basic knowledge of programming and statistics.
  • Experience in the interpretation of geophysical and / or remote sensing data.
  • Experience with prospectivity mapping, economic geology and carbonatite systems is considered an asset.
  • Working knowledge of GIS and geological modelling software (e.g. ) is considered an asset.
  • Experience in mineral exploration and industry is considered an asset.
  • A strong ability to communicate across disciplines and work with others is required.

The successful candidate will work alongside geologists and geophysicists in the Department for Petrology and Economic Geology.

Department of Petrology and Economic Geology

The activities of the Department of Petrology and Economic Geology include research on the igneous, metamorphic and structural evolution of crystalline complexes, geological mapping, and ore forming processes and mineral deposits in a variety of geological environments. A core activity for the department is to assist the Greenlandic government in developing a sustainable mineral industry by collecting and providing basic geological data for Greenland. This is done by continuously collecting and compiling geological, geophysical, geochemical, remote sensing and other types of geodata. Acquisition, processing and interpretation of large, computationally intensive data sets are key components of GEUS' work.

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 Stefan Bernstein on tel. +45 27 13 21 92, e-mail: sb@geus.dk, Sam Weatherley on tel. +45 91 33 38 68, email smw@geus.dk, or Björn Heincke on tel. +45 91 33 37 67 e-mail: bhm@geus.dk.

International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark on GEUS' extranet: http://international-staff.geus.dk/


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 a summary of the PhD or other material that can document qualifications at Postdoc/Research Scientist 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 www.geus.dk under Jobs and Education (Job og Uddannelse). Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), 4th September 2017. Interviews will be held in the week 23rd - 27th October 2017.

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.

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