Postdoc in Spatial calibration of hydrological models at GEUS

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a significant impact on the development of spatial model calibration and integrate state-of-the-art research in the development of the Danish National Water Resources Model? As part of a larger research group you will be contributing with hydrological modelling, data processing and programming skills in a group of hydrologists seeking to advance the field of spatial model calibration through the SPACE project (

Job Description

We are looking for a two-year Postdoc in the field of hydrological model calibration at the Hydrology Department of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen. The main work task will be the parametrization and calibration of National scale hydrological models with focus on spatial aspects of the model performance and integration of models and satellite data. The Post Doc will work in a strong research environment interacting closely with the rest of the research group working with the National Water Resources Model of Denmark. You will participate in an international research group and interact with the entire hydrology department at GEUS.


You are expected to have a Ph.D. in hydrological modelling. You should be an ambitious researcher with a desire and ability to produce journal publications. You should have a solid knowledge of hydrological modelling and calibration methods and good programming skills. Candidates with an existing international network within hydrological modelling will be favored. Likewise experience with spatial data such as satellite imagery will be regarded as a positive asset.

Experience and skills in using one or more hydrological model codes and data handling through programming and scripting are required.

Proficiency in both written and spoken English is essential and documented ability to publish scientific journal papers a requirement.

A positive attitude, open-mindedness and team spirit are personal qualifications highly valued in our working environment.

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.

We offer:

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

Salary and employment conditions

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

The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The position is for a two year period (24 months), and is to be filled as soon as possible.

Further information

Contact Senior researcher Simon Stisen +45 91 33 36 33 ( or Head of Department Heidi Barlebo +45 91 33 36 01 ( if you want further information.

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


Formal applications marked 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.

Please include a updated ResearcherID or ORCID, it will be used to assess the publication record in Web of Science. Any recently accepted or submitted publications can be added separately to a list of publications.

Applications should include a statement of research interests, a CV, a list of publications, copies of max 2 publications of specific relevance to the position, a PhD degree diploma, and possibly names and contact information of max two references.

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

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

Appointment Procedure

A Professional Evaluation Committee with two GEUS senior scientist will make an individual assessment of the applicant's professional qualifications, in view of the contents and responsibilities of the position with the possible outcome qualified or not qualified. Subsequently an appointment committee will decide whom of the professional qualified candidates they will invite for an interview. This procedure is in accordance with the Danish Executive Order of the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building for the appointment and evaluation of scientific employees 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: 12 September 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.