Professor of Arctic Climate Evolution



The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) seeks applicants with a strong research profile in past climate changes, specifically in the Quaternary, to strengthen and develop our knowledge of long-term impacts of climate change with a focus on the Arctic to fill a new full professor position.

You are expected to contribute to GEUS’ overall strategy by strengthening and further developing our knowledge of processes related to climate and environmental changes in the Arctic, including, for example, interactions with cryosphere, freshwater fluxes, sediment transport, ocean circulation or ecosystems. GEUS has many ongoing activities using sediment cores to extract paleoclimate information as well as field activities in Greenland and surrounding areas to collect new data.

As professor, you are expected to take active part in further developing fieldwork campaigns, data collection and data analysis. Furthermore, you are expected to promote our ideas, competences, and concepts to the surrounding world, to deliver research output at a high international level, and to successfully obtain funding for and lead larger research projects. Moreover, the position aims at strengthening and profiling our research, public sector consultancy and advisory activities.

The position is in the Department of Glaciology and Climate, which is located at GEUS’ main office in Copenhagen.

Job description

The candidate is expected to contribute to the further development of the high-level research in the Department of Glaciology and Climate, which closely cooperates with the other departments in GEUS as well as with Danish and international universities and research institutions. Fieldwork in Greenland and the surrounding Arctic will likely be a key activity for the research group. Moreover, development and application of new, innovative methods and laboratory analysis resulting from the research is expected to continuously contribute to advancement of the research field, and the professor is expected to play a central role in this context.

Candidates for professorships at GEUS must have a strong research profile in the field and have a strong publication track record in international research journals with high impact in the research field. Moreover, candidates are expected to have played and have the ambition to play a key role in advancing the research field, for example by taking part in organisation of international conferences and by editing relevant journals and/or book series.

Research activities are to a large extent dependent on external funding. GEUS has a strong tradition for attracting research funding from e.g. Danish research councils, the European Commission, private foundations and authorities. GEUS also leads and acts as partner in internationally funded research projects such as EU Horizon projects. Professors at GEUS should have a strong track record of research funding and play a leading role in research funding application and project management.

Professors at GEUS are expected to set the direction for GEUS’ research within their field of expertise and related fields to develop and advance research and make new ideas thrive in an open and welcoming research environment. Furthermore, professors at GEUS play an active role in career planning for early career scientific staff and take responsibility for the education of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. They are also expected to have a collaborative spirit and actively engage with other professors, project managers and staff to contribute to a dynamic research environment. Moreover, professors may become members of GEUS’ research committee and act as sparring partners for management decisions on strategic planning and hiring plans for scientific staff.

GEUS is an independent research institution under the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities. GEUS provides research-based public sector consultancy for Danish governmental institutions and research-based advice to private companies. Professors are expected to either take part in such public sector consultancy and advice or to act as sparring partners for colleagues and management in such matters.

Your qualifications

We seek candidates with an excellent international profile who has visions and ideas for developing the research field. Consideration will be given to your international network, your ability to engage and motivate staff, as well as your openness, drive and interpersonal skills.

You are experienced in creating and establishing research projects with different partners, obtaining external funding, and in leading and managing large research projects.

Experience with supervising of MSc, PhD students and early careers researchers are a prerequisite.

We also expect you to have experience with public sector consultancy and advisory activities (or similar), and fieldwork (experience with fieldwork in Greenland and/or other Arctic/Antarctic environments is considered advantageous).

The Department of Glaciology and Climate

The Department of Glaciology and Climate conducts research, monitoring and consultancy related to glaciology, climate and the environment. Focus areas are current and past changes in the Greenland ice sheet and the ocean surrounding it. One of our main activities is monitoring of the Greenland ice sheet. With our network of climate stations, satellite observations and modelling, we measure the mass balance of Greenland and study the processes behind it. We also advise on a number of related issues such as future supply of hydropower and drinking water in Greenland. Another significant activity is the investigation of variations in climate and environment in the past (last 10,000 years). Marine and lake sediment cores are used to reconstruct past changes.

We offer:

  • A creative and interdisciplinary research environment
  • A lively and informal work environment with talented and dedicated colleagues
  • A family-friendly workplace with flexible working hours
  • An active social environment, including a staff association and an art society
  • Fitness centre with physiotherapy at the workplace

Salary and conditions of employment

The position as Professor is permanent. Terms of employment are in accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the relevant, eligible trade union. Supplements can be negotiated according to skills. The appointment area is the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and its institutions. 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

A full description of the academic field can be obtained from the Head of Department, Signe Bech Andersen, telephone +45 20 71 34 79, e-mail siba@geus.dk, or Deputy Director, Lars Nielsen, telephone +45 91 33 38 70, e-mail larni@geus.dk. International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark here: http://eng.geus.dk/about/jobs/

Application

The application is to be written in English and should include a letter of motivation, your PhD diploma and CV, a complete publication list with 1) a separate indication of peer reviewed journal papers and 2) an indication of publications where you have either been the lead or senior author.

The application shall include the relevant academic works that you wish to be included in the professor assessment (max. 10). Please also enclose other material that can document your research and teaching qualifications. You are requested to include a 2-3-page account that refers to your most important academic work with relevance to the position. Finally, you are encouraged to make a one-page explanation of your plans for the development of the field. In addition to the material that you wish to include for the assessment, the assessment committee can choose to include further material in their evaluation. It is your responsibility to send the material to the committee upon request.

It is mandatory to include your updated ResearcherID and/or ORCID, which 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.

Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), 10 January 2024.

Please, send your application via GEUS' website under Jobs.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The appointment procedure

GEUS’ Managing Director appoints an expert assessment committee consisting of a chair and two or four external researchers at professor level. The assessment committee will make an individual evaluation of the candidate’s academic qualifications for the position advertised.

Then GEUS’ Managing Director appoints an appointment committee consisting of a Deputy Director, the Head of Department, representatives of the department and a representative from HR. The appointment committee decides which of the qualified candidates they want to call for a job interview. After the interviews, the appointment committee prepares a priority list for the Director. 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: 28 November 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.