Four-year Research Position: developing technologies for the remediation of groundwater polluted by pesticides and other organic pollutants

Do you have experience within environmental microbiology and do you want to take part in multi-disciplinary projects?

GEUS builds knowledge of the entire water cycle and contributes to a future-proof water resource management in Denmark. The Department of Geochemistry offers a four-year research position, developing technologies for the remediation of groundwater polluted by pesticides and other organic pollutants.

Job description

You will be responsible for the development of technologies for remediation of pesticide polluted groundwater by addition of degrading bacteria to waterworks sand filters. The research involves the setup of large-scale column experiments testing methods for stimulation of degradation processes and testing the capacity of different sand materials to retain the degrading bacteria. The research also involves fieldwork at waterworks where the developed technologies will be tested alone and combined with membrane separation. Furthermore, you are expected to assist in other projects related to remediation of polluted water resources.

You will work within the frame of the MEM2BIO project financed by Innovation Fund Denmark (

Your qualifications

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

  • PhD degree in environmental microbiology/engineering or similar.
  • Solid laboratory experiences, including hand-on experience with setup of large-scale experiments as e.g. flow-through columns.
  • Solid experience with molecular microbial methods including qPCR and next generation sequencing methods
  • Experience with sorption and degradation of organic chemicals in the environment.
  • Experience with analytical chemistry including analysis of organic chemicals.
  • Experience in attracting external funding
  • Documented research qualifications, ability to work independently and to plan and carry out complicated tasks.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.
  • We are searching a highly talented, motivated, and self-driven person who enjoys working with different techniques and within different disciplines.

The candidate must be prepared to learn Danish to an appropriate level.

Department of Geochemistry

The department works to describe and understand the fate of chemical substances in soil and groundwater. The activities are characterised by both experimental work in the laboratory and field tests. The fate of pesticides and other xenobiotics in soil and groundwater is one of the department's core research areas. We also process groundwater chemistry data in relation to monitoring of the Danish groundwater. We are about 30 staff, of which 15 are researchers and about 10 are PhD students and postdocs.

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 flex time
  • 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 place of employment is the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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 Professor Jens Aamand on tel. +45 20 47 58 60, e-mail: or Senior Researcher Christian N. Albers on tel. +45 91 33 35 5, e-mail:

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 any contact details of referees (max. 2). PhD diploma, as well as a summary of the PhD or other material that can document qualifications at Research Scientist level.

Send your application via GEUS' website under Jobs and Education (Job og Uddannelse). Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), Monday 23 January 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.

posted: 22 December 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.