Postdoc on hydrological real-time modelling
and forecasting

With this Postdoc position, you have the opportunity to build a cutting-edge modelling system to provide key hydrological information to the Danish society. The real-time forecasting system to be developed will leverage information on groundwater and surface water to increase resilience towards hydrological extremes, with special focus on flooding.

The Post Doc project is part of two larger projects that involve collaboration with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) and the Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency (SDFE). The position is for a two-year period and is to be filled as soon as possible.

Job description

The Postdoc will be conducting cutting-edge research within operational hydrological modelling and its intersection with machine learning. The objectives include (1) the propagation of an ensemble of weather forecasts in an operational hydrological model, (2) the development of novel data assimilation frameworks, (3) the generation of flood hazard parameters based on the hydrological model and (4) the handling of the dataflow of weather data and modelling results with the collaborating institutions. As a Post Doc at GEUS, you will contribute to the further development of the national coupled groundwater surface water model (DK-Model).

The core of the modelling system to be developed is the DK-Model. Building on top of the physically-based model, the Postdoc will exhaust all available observations, i.e. in situ data on groundwater levels, streamflow and water levels in streams as well as satellite derived inundation maps, using machine learning. The purpose of employing machine learning models is to achieve the highest possible accuracy of the hydrological forecast via novel data assimilation frameworks, but also to translate the forecast variables, i.e. groundwater head and streamflow, into flood hazard parameters. The candidate should expect to broaden her/his existing field by covering elements of hydrological modelling, machine learning, data analysis and data management. 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 based on academic qualifications. Emphasis is placed on experience with hydrological modelling and machine learning. In addition, specific knowledge or experience with operational hydrological forecasting and programming skills 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 colleagues on a daily basis. The candidate must also master English and if they do not speak Danish, they are encouraged to take up Danish classes and reach an appropriate level of understanding.

Department of Hydrology

The department of Hydrology at GEUS works with the characterisation, modelling and management of the water cycle and solute transport in Danish and international contexts. 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 are 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 Specialist consultant Lars Troldborg on tel. +45 9133 3622e-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. your 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 and Education (Job og Uddannelse). Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), Thursday 21 July 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.

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an independent and internationally oriented research institution within the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, and is part of Geocenter Denmark. GEUS also acts as consultant to public authorities and companies within nature, climate, 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: 27 June 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.