PhD fellowship in Glacial history of the Greenland Ice Sheet at Globe Institute

We are offering a PhD fellowship in Glacial history of the Greenland Ice Sheet commencing on 1st June 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Our group and research
The successful candidate will be part of the interdisciplinary NOVO Center for Ice Sheet and Sea level Prediction (CISP). The candidate will be based at the Section for GeoGenetics at Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen.

Project description
This PhD project is part of the Center for Ice Sheet and Sea level Prediction (CISP) which overall aim is to make more reliable sea level prediction for the next 100-200 years. CISP is an international consortium with collaborators from Technical University of Denmark, National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), University of Copenhagen, and Dartmouth College.

The PhD student will make a high-resolution reconstruction of the Greenland Ice Sheet since the Last Glacial Maximum to present based on existing and new data. The tasks include: 1) build a comprehensive database (GreenDated) of existing 10Be, 14C and OSL dates from Greenland. 2) map ice marginal landforms in Greenland. 3) make a late glacial and Holocene deglaciation chronology based on GreenDated and mapped landforms. 4) participate in fieldwork in S and W Greenland. 5) Integrate data into ice sheet models in collaboration with other CISP members.

Principal supervisor is Professor Nicolaj Krog Larsen, Globe Institute, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +4520693350. Co-supervisor is Senior Researcher Kristian Kjellerup Kjeldsen, GEUS, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +4526794810

Start:                  1st June 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter

Duration:          3 years (36 months) as a PhD fellow

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay with another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination of knowledge related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a Master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. Quaternary geology, Quaternary dating methods, or Physical geography. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years).

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in Quaternary geology and geomorphology, Quaternary dating methods, paleo-glaciology
  • Language skills

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Globe Institute, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

About Globe Institute
The Globe Institute is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Institute’s main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural and medical sciences and the humanities. Information on the institute can be found at:

The Globe Institute is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment where employees and students can belong and thrive. See website for more information. All qualified applicants will receive full consideration. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, contribute to diversity and competencies of our Institute are encouraged to apply. The University of Copenhagen strives to offer a family friendly and flexible working environment with a sustainable balance between work- and private life, including parental leave schemes (up to 47 weeks for both parents) and up to six weeks of paid holidays per year. The university offers a variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The starting date is June 1. 2024 or after agreement.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at 28,448 DKK/approximately 3,825 EUR (October 2022 level) plus pension.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline: 29 February 2024, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The appointment committee will consist of representatives from both UCHP and GEUS.

You find information about the recruitment process at:

The applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 29-02-2024
Employment start: 01-06-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Globe Institute

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