Researcher in remote sensing at GEUS

Application deadline: 26/10/2018

The Department of Petrology and Economic Geology offers a four year researcher position to assist in developing expertise within the field of remote sensing

The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Job description

GEUS needs to expand capacity to apply remote sensing techniques, particularly multi-/hyperspectral imagery, in the fields of general geological mapping of rocks, primarily in Greenland, for characterizing Quaternary sedimentary deposits and features related to formation of mineral deposits. Other specific tasks include the use of SAR-data in detecting slope instability in geohazard research; mapping lithology distribution at both meter and kilometre scale; changes in mineralogy related to hydrothermal alteration or metamorphism and topographic analysis applied to structural element analysis. The researcher will be part of larger research groups counting sedimentologists, petrologists, geochemists, geophysicists, and structural geologists. The researcher will work with data acquired from a range of sources, such as satellites, aircrafts, drones or ships and is expected to take active part in field work in Greenland (conducted in part by the researcher in person) and in the acquisition of new data. The researcher is expected to be capable of covering all of the main aspects of data handling, from acquisition, quality control, correction for a range of relevant factors (e.g. sensor and atmospheric effects, illumination factors), 3-D visualization, adaption of data for the requested applications and archiving data.

Your qualifications

The appointment will be made on the basis of academic qualifications.

Upon appointment, particular emphasis is placed on the following qualifications:

  • A Ph. D. degree in remote sensing
  • Experience with field based acquisition of remote sensing data
  • Solid experience with acquisition and processing of data from Arctic regions
  • Knowledge about acquisition, processing and interpretation of hyperspectral and SAR-data
  • Knowledge about techniques for hyperspectral unmixing and endmember determination
  • Knowledge about integration of remote sensing data with other geoscience data
  • Good knowledge in Python or other programming language
  • Good working knowledge with GIS-related software
  • Proven ability to publish in international, peer reviewed journals

Additionally, we expect the successful candidate to be open minded, engaged and able to collaborate with colleagues and project/business partners with wide ranges of professional and cultural background.

Department of Petrology and Economic Geology

The activities at the Department of Petrology and Economic Geology include research on the igneous, metamorphic and structural evolution of crystalline complexes, general 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 Head of Department Stefan Bernstein on tel. +45 91 33 37 11, e-mail:, or senior researcher Bjørn Heincke on tel. +45 91 33 37 67, email:

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/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 by clicking on the "Apply for Position" button. Your application must be with GEUS no later than Friday 26 October 2018 at 12.00 midday (Danish time).

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

We expect to conduct interviews for the position in the week 26-30 November 2018.

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 independent and internationally oriented research institution within the Danish Ministry of Climate-, Energy and Building, and is part of Geocenter Denmark. GEUS also acts as consultant to public authorities and individuals within nature, climate, 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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