Postdoctoral position in shallow seismic investigations

at the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University

The Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate Group and SeisLab Aarhus, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a position in investigation of shallow-seismic data at the postdoctoral level. The successful candidate will be part of a research group studying the Late Quaternary geological, paleoclimate and paleoceanographic development of the NE Greenland shelf. He/she will partake in an international, multidisciplinary team.

The position is part of the GreenShelf project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF). The position has a fixed term of 2 years, starting as soon as possible.

Job description

The postdoctoral project will focus on investigating the post Last Glacial Maximum history of the NE Greenland shelf based on shallow seismic subbottom profiler data combining the acoustic data with information from marine sediment cores. The successful applicant will map seafloor morphologies (glacial and marine) and sub-seafloor structures across the NE Greenland Shelf and evaluate the relationship between glacial and marine processes in the area since the LGM. The seismo-acoustic data will be processed using the Innomar ISE post processing software and further analyzed using varying seismic interpretation software at SeisLab Aarhus, such as Kingdom Suite, OpendTect, Petrel or PaleoScan. The NaviSuite software and GIS programs will be used for handling bathymetric data. Participation in supervision of B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and some classroom teaching is also expected.


The successful applicant will have a PhD in geoscience or related fields. Candidates should have experience in processing and interpretation of reflection seismic data. Experience with seismic-to-well-tie and including sediment information and proxy data will be considered favourably. Similarly, experience with some or all of the above software will be considered an advantage. Also experience in shallow seismo-acoustic data and Quaternary geological aspects would be preferred, but not necessary.

Excellent oral and written English skills are a requirement.

Place of Employment and Place of Work:

The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate Group, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark:

Contact Information:

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

Professor Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate Group, Department of Geoscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark; mobile phone +45 2778 2897; Email:
Dr. Christof Pearce, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate Group, Department of Geoscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark; mobile phone +45 9350 8915; Email:
Dr. Katrine Juul Andresen, SeisLab Aarhus, Department of Geoscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark; mobile phone +45 2083 7911; email:

Application deadline: October 1, 2020.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Letter of reference

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Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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