Postdoc on modelling peatland hydrology for climate change mitigation

As hydrologists we are often working with the impact and adaptation side of climate change. As part of the PEACE project you can contribute to real climate change mitigation solutions.

This Post Doc project is a part of a larger project, PEAtlands and Climate-driven variability in groundwater depth - Impacts on greenhouse gas Emissions (PEACE), funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and led by The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) with partners from Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen.

Rewetting of drained peatlands and organic soils is a means to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although the depth to the groundwater table (WTD) is the main controlling factor for the emissions, understanding of the impacts of WTD dynamics is lacking. The PEACE project will identify detailed WTD patterns in Danish peatlands and map the effect of climate variability (this Post Doc) and projected climate change (PhD) on WTD. Further, we will investigate the effects of non-linearity in GHG emissions originating from spatio-temporal WTD variability. This will enable upscaling and projection of GHG emissions from peatlands and guide the re-wetting strategy as a climate mitigation measure.

Job description

The Post Doc will be conducting research within peatland hydrology focussing on integrated numerical modelling and remote sensing of lowlying peatland catchments. Based on the national coupled groundwater surface water model (DK-Model), several high resolution models will be established and reparameterized for large scale peatlands with emphasis on predicting spatio-temporal patterns of WTD. Methods for predicting soil wetness and inundation based on satellite data must be developed and will be utilized to constrain the hydrological models in combination with in-situ water table loggers. Finally, the project will investigate impacts of WTD variability on hot spots and hot moments of GHG emissions based on existing datasets.

The candidate should expect to broaden her/his existing field by covering elements of modelling, remote sensing, field work and data analysis. Research findings should be published in leading journals within the field.

Your qualifications

You are expected to have a Ph.D. in hydrology or related and the appointment will be made on the basis of academic qualifications. Particular emphasis is placed on experience with hydrological modelling, numerical groundwater modelling and satellite remote sensing. In addition, specific knowledge or experience with peatland hydrology and fieldwork will be an asset. Candidates, that have already demonstrated a good publication record will be favoured.

Special consideration will be given to the candidate's ability to embrace a broad range of activities and collaborate within a team of collegues on a daily basis. The candidate must also master English and if they do not speak Danish, they are encouraged to learn Danish to an appropriate level within the first 12 months of employment.

Department of Hydrology

The hydrology department at GEUS works with the characterisation, modelling and management of the water cycle and solute transport in Danish and international contexts. Within the current issues, the department contributes with research, consultancy and capacity building in four main areas: hydrogeological characterisation, water and solute cycle, climate impacts and adaptation, and water management. Most of the department's activities are carried out in close cooperation with Danish as well as foreign research institutes and universities. There is about 25 staff in the department, of which nearly 15 are researchers or 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 flextime
  • 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 Taxation and the relevant eligible trade union.

The appointment area is the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and its institutions. The position is for a two-year period (24 months) and is to be filled as soon as possible

The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities 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 Professor Simon Stisen on tel. +45 9133 3633 e-mail: or the Head of Department Heidi Barlebo on tel. +45 9133 3601, e-mail:

International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark on GEUS' homepage:


The application must include a letter of motivation, a CV (incl. ORCID), a list of publications with a separate indication of journal papers that are registered in ISI Web of Science. We highly recommend an ORCID is stated in the CV. It will be used for evaluating applicant publication records. PhD diploma, as well as a short summary of the PhD or other material that can document qualifications at Postdoc level must be enclosed. If relevant, contact details of referees (max. 2).

Submitted PhD theses that have not yet been defended may be documented or attached to the application and will be included in the assessment. The PhD thesis must be approved by the University prior to appointment. Submitted journal papers in review can likewise be included or documented and will be included in the assessment.

Please, send your application via GEUS' website under Jobs (Job og Uddannelse). Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), Tuesday 19 April 2022.

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.

De Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland (GEUS) er en uafhængig og internationalt orienteret forskningsinstitution under Klima-, Energi- og Forsyningsministeriet og en del af Geocenter Danmark. GEUS forsker og rådgiver offentlige myndigheder og virksomheder inden for natur, klima, miljø, energi og råstoffer. GEUS er ansvarlig for den videnskabelige udforskning af geologien i Danmark og Grønland med sokkelområder. GEUS kortlægger, overvåger og indsamler data, formidler om geologiske forhold og er nationalt geologisk datacenter.

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