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PhD fellow in the field of Physics of Ice, Climate and Earth

PhD fellow in the field of Physics of Ice, Climate and Earth


University of Copenhagen


Copenhagen, Denmark


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Biogeosciences (BG)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Required education

Application deadline
24 November 2019

24 October 2019

Job description

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Physics of Ice, Climate and Earth (PICE) commencing 1 February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The candidate will be part of the gas laboratory team of PICE that works on reconstructing past atmospheric conditions by extraction and analysing air bubbles from polar ice cores.

Applicants will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in a stimulating and interactive international environment. More information about the section can be found on

The past composition of the atmosphere is recorded in air bubbles in polar ice sheets. Methane (CH4) is an important and strong greenhouse gas in the atmosphere; it is part of a feedback loop between climate and biological production. As a consequence of the short lifetime (~10 years) changes in the atmospheric concentration are fast. During the last glacial period methane concentrations changed rapidly over Dansgaard-Oeschger events and it has been suggested that changes in tropical sources are responsible for the change (e.g. Rhodes et al., Science, 348, 1016-1019, 10.1126/science.1262005, 2015). The goal of the project is to identify methane sources by the isotopic composition of methane. The PhD candidate will form a team with a postdoc working on the same project but with different tasks. The project has an extensive experimental part including building/modifying part of the existing measurement system. We are therefore looking for experimentally skilled applicants preferentially with experience in mass spectrometry.

Principal supervisor is Prof. Thomas Blunier, Niels Bohr Institute,, +45 35 32 05 84.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

To manage and carry through your research project

Attend PhD courses Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis Teach and disseminate your research To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in geophysics, physics, or other related or relevant fields with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 328.355 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,361). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Prof. Thomas Blunier, Niels Bohr Institute,, +45 35 32 05 84.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

How to apply

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW on the application website.

Please include

* Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project. * CV * Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) * Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any * Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 24. November 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.