PhD position in hydrological modelling and monitoring of urban environments

Do you want to contribute to research in Urban hydrology? Climate change and climate change adaptation affects the shallow urban groundwater. Shallow urban groundwater can potentially threaden e.g. infrastructure, housing and water utilities among other important parts of the urban society, especially under future climatic conditions. We seek insight and understanding of how water fluxes change as a result of climate change and other anthropogenic introduced landcover and subsurface changes. Do you want to be a part of the development of this highly relevant area, both scientifically but also on a practical level?

Job description

The PhD study is a central component in the new project SUBWATER, Shallow UrBan GroundWATER, with the specific focus of shallow groundwater. Your main work tasks will be to perform hydrological modelling of an urban case study and to measure relevant water fluxes. The project is a collaboration beween GEUS, the University of Copenhagen, The Southern Region of Denmark, The Municipality of Odense (location of study area), and VCS Denmark (water utility company). You will be a part of the development of this highly relevant area both scientifically but also on a practical level with doing field work.

Your qualifications

You are expected to have a master's degree in hydrology with a strong component of hydrological/groundwater modelling. This could be a master within Geoscience or Civel engineering (with focus on hydrology). You must master English and be able to prove high-level-skills in numerical modelling and data processing.

The PhD study includes an important component of measurering relevant fluxes to the urban water cycle at the selected case study (field site) and therefore, practical experience in fieldwork will also be appreciated.

In order to work and be a successful part of our department, you are expected to be open-minded and be a team player socially as well as scientifically.

Department of Hydrology

Department of Hydrology is one of the three research departments at GEUS working with water. Our primary areas of activity are characterisation, quantification and modelling of the hydrological cycle including groundwater-surface water interaction, studies of flow and solute transport processes, climate change impacts and adaptation of water resources, assessment of uncertainty of monitoring and modelling, and integrated water resources management. Most of the department's activities are carried out in close cooperation with Danish as well as foreign research institutes and universities. The department also advises State and local authorities and private parties in Denmark.

There is about 25 staff in the department, of which nearly 20 are researchers or PhD students and postdocs.

We offer

  • A creative and interdisciplinary research environment
  • A dynamic and informal working environment with talented and dedicated colleagues
  • The possibility of additional courses and training as required; personal development
  • A family-friendly workplace, centrally located in Copenhagen
  • Active staff and art clubs
  • Fitness centre with professional assistance located at the workplace

Salary and conditions of employment

Terms of salary and appointment will be according to agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

The appointment requires that the student can be enrolled in the Graduate School of Copenhagen University.

The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The position is for a three year period (36 months), and is to be filled as soon as possible.

Further information

Contact Senior researcher Jacob Kidmose +45 91 33 36 14 ( or the Head of Department Heidi Barlebo +45 91 33 36 01 (

International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark at GEUS


Formal applications must be submitted to GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), 1th October 2018. Material received after this time will not be taken into account.

The application must include a letter of motivation (max. 1 pp), a CV, bachelor and master's certificate or a pre-approval of your thesis and, if relevant, contact details of referees (max. 2). If the master's degree has not yet been completed or the certificate has not been issued, a statement from the supervisor is required stating the expected completion date and whether the candidate is suitable for PhD study.

You can apply for the position by entering GEUS website ( under Jobs.

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into considerations.

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: 12 September 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.