PhD fellow in Water Resources

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Simulation of local water fluxes at different land surfaces and upscaling to catchment scale starting February 15, 2017. The project will be based at Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen in close cooperation with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS, and Aarhus University within the framework of the HOBE center

Project description

The Danish Hydrological Observatory HOBE was established in 2007 with an overall aim to quantify the various water balance elements for the Skjern River catchment. The present PhD study will contribute to quantifying water fluxes and water balances at local sites representing forest, agriculture, heathland and wetland respectively. The project will utilize an abundance of high quality data for various water states and fluxes collected at the sites using different methods and representing different scales. Water states are measured by TDR probes, tensiometers and cosmic ray probes, while water fluxes are measured using eddy correlation techniques, migration of added tracer, and lysimeters. Supplementary field investigations and sensor installations at the sites are also envisaged, e.g. for measuring interception losses in agricultural field and in the forest. The data will be analyzed using a complex process-based soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer model, which will be calibrated against the various observations using the newest facilities in the PEST software package for parameter estimation and uncertainty analysis. Results will be up-scaled to catchment scale using upscaling methods and hydrological modeling.

Principal supervisor is Professor Karsten Høgh Jensen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, E-mail:, Ph: +45 2875 2484.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Background of successful candidate

We invite candidates from different scientific fields to apply; hydrology, hydrogeology, water resources engineering, or environmental sciences. The applicants should hold an MSc degree with good results and good English skills. The candidate should have a solid background in mathematical and statistical analysis, modeling of hydrological processes and handling of large data sets. Furthermore, the candidate must have excellent personal skills and be able to work in a team. An interest in field work is desirable. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of Employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 309,109 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,699). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications ((journal articles, master's thesis)
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 5 January 2017, 23:59 GMT +1.

Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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