The Ministry of Mineral Resources seeks a

Geophysicist / Special consultant

Do you want to work in an internationally-focussed organization? Are you interested in development of the mineral resource sector in Greenland, marketing of the oil and gas potential, be involved in geological/geophysical projects and undertake database management? Then a job as a geophysicist/special consultant in the Department of Geology of the Ministry of Mineral Resources in Nuuk is the right job for you.

Start date 1st April, 2017 or by appointment.

The position

Greenland is one of the few regions in the world that is significantly under-explored. The Department of Geology's main roles within the Ministry include:

  • providing advice and guidance to the Greenland authorities regarding geological/geophysical topics related to exploration and exploitation,
  • carrying out geoscientific studies to provide high quality data to support investment in the exploration of Greenland's mineral and oil and gas potential and
  • marketing of Greenland's mineral and oil and gas potential.

The advertised post has a key role in handling of geoscientific oil and gas data and advice on exploration of oil and gas in Greenland, marketing and strategy planning.

Your main tasks will be:

  • Answering queries from the authorities related oil and gas exploration, as well as the assessment of companies' work programs.
  • Handling, management, archiving, and release of incoming petroleum exploration company data in the Greenland National Petroleum Data Repository (GNPDR) database and project generation based on the available data.
  • Handling of incoming mineral exploration company data and supporting management of data archiving, compilation, interpretation and release.
  • Organization of and participation in international marketing events.
  • Undertake geophysical interpretation in various projects, mainly related to petroleum data (in PETREL).
  • Coordination tasks in connection with various geological/geophysical projects.
  • Various administrative tasks such as answering geological inquiries, preparation of various reports and guidelines.

Your profile

We expect you to:

  • Be a qualified geophysicist/geologist, preferably with a Ph.D.
  • Have experience within the oil and gas sector and preferably (but not necessarily) in relation to work for the authorities.
  • Have knowledge of oil and gas related geophysical data and have worked with geophysical data interpretation. Preferably also have knowledge and experience of handling and interpreting geophysical data relevant to mineral exploration including gravity and magnetic data.
  • Be outgoing and engaged.
  • Have good skills in research- and project-oriented work.
  • Work in a structured, independent and result-oriented way.
  • Have good teamwork and formulating skills and are able to quickly familiarize themselves with new tasks.
  • Have good English skills both written and spoken, and preferably also Danish.

It is an advantage if you have knowledge of the Greenlandic language and culture. For applicants outside Greenland there will be an emphasis on ability, willingness and desire to work and live under different cultural conditions. It is also an advantage but not a requirement that you have experience from a similar position Most important is your drive, your professional abilities and coordination and cooperation skills. Recent graduates will also be considered.

We offer

You will be part of a dynamic and proactive department where there is a good working atmosphere and good opportunities for professional development.

You will get :

  • an exciting, challenging and varied job.
  • good opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • a high degree of freedom with responsibility.
  • flexible working conditions.

About travel activities

You will be expected to undertake a moderate amount of travel activity in and outside Greenland associated with marketing, possible field work in regards to geological mapping, training and conferences.

About us

We are about 15 employees in the Ministry of Mineral Resources. In addition, the Ministry also comprises the underlying Mineral Licence and Safety Authority, which includes the Department of Engineering & Supervision and the Licensing Department. The position falls within the Department of Geology, which consists of one Department Head and 8 geologists. The Department of Geology works closely with the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), and other research and technology institutions in Greenland and abroad.

Read more about the Ministry at and about geology at We are located in Nuuk, where there are many opportunities to go hunting, fishing, sailing, hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities. The town has 18,000 inhabitants and many cultural activities on offer, including a cinema, cultural center, golf course, swimming pool, etc. See more on or

Salary and terms of hire

Salary and employment, including the right to connection and severance travel and furniture removal costs, is determined in accordance with the current agreement between the Government of Greenland and relevant union. Depending on your qualifications, skills and experience, there may be the opportunity for employment as a special consultant. The position is limited to 31st December 2018, with a possibility for extension.

Working hours are 40 hours per week.


No staff accommodation is associated with the position. If an applicant already has staff accommodation through appointment by the Government, the right is retained to the assigned staff accommodation. Staff accommodation is linked to the terms of employment, and should be vacated upon termination of employment.

More information

To learn more about the position please contact the Head of the Department of Geology, Dr. Julie Hollis, by phone on +299 58 61 70, email: or Geologist/Special consultant Kristian Grube Jakobsen on telephone +299 34 68 21, email:


The application must be received by the Ministry of Mineral Resources no later than 1st March 2017 and should be sent to:

Ministry of Mineral Resources
PO Box 930, 3900 Nuuk
Phone +299 34 68 00
Fax +299 32 43 02

Applications must be marked 'Geophysicist/Geologist for Geology Department' and include information about education and previous employment, and must contain copies of degree certificates, references, etc.

Please send applications by email; Please use word- and/or PDF format.

Interviews are scheduled for week 9 and 10 in 2017.

About the Government of Greenland

Greenland Self-Government was introduced on June 21, 2009. The Government consists of a Central Administration (CA), with approximately 650 employees in nine ministries and a wide range of units. Together we are more than 2,500 people.

CA's task is to provide Naalakkersuisoqarfiit (the Ministries) with a solid political basis for decisions and to translate political decisions into practice. A high priority is to develop the public sector for all of our about 56,000 residents.

published: 07 February 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.