Expedition & Electrical Development Coordinator for Ice Drilling Program

The Physics of Ice, Climate and Earth (PICE) at the Niels Bohr Institute seeks a polar field coordinator with knowledge of electronic develop to join the ice drilling group.

About Us
PICE is a research group which is part of the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. The main activities are ice core drilling and analysis of ice cores with the aim at mapping climate changes in the past to improve our understanding of the mechanisms driving present and future climate changes.

We have recently conducted ice core drilling projects such as EastGRIP, NEEM, RECAP and others. And we will participate in scheduled projects at the Müller ice cap in Canada, Beyond Epica in Antarctica, and replicate drilling of the GRIP borehole on the Greenland ice sheet.

You will be part of a team which develops and operates ice drills and their supporting equipment. The work includes development, design, documentation and operation of ice core drills and technical equipment. You will work in close collaboration and have the full support of the full team at PICE, including mechanical engineers, scientists, the administrative team, and electrical and mechanical engineers and technicians at the NBI workshop.

Our ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge of electronics design, instrumentation, and power distribution and can coordinate/collaborate the development and maintenance of these topics. Therefore, good collaboration skills and the ability to delegate tasks are essential to support your colleagues in a team effort.

In addition, the ideal candidate has an appetite for polar expeditions. The job requires you to participate in field trips to Greenland or Antarctica for around 2 months every summer or winter. The camps generally consist of 10 to 30 researchers, engineers, technicians, and other staff, living at remote sites with limited facilities. However, PICE has been doing these projects for years and have learned how to make camp-life comfortable and enjoyable – there is always a means of communication out of camp and the food is world-class!

We are looking for applicants with experience in fieldwork, and with a broad understanding of electrical systems. You must be a self-starter and able to manage a team of personnel and the technical aspects of a drilling project.

Applicants must:

  • desire to participate in fieldwork on ice sheets, deployment duration and schedule vary based on projects but generally will be during the summer for around 8 weeks
  • have knowledge of electronic systems (see below)
  • have a self-motivating personality showing high personal drive, commitment, and initiative
  • be meticulous in writing documentation and test reports
  • have experience coordinating small teams, preferably with some leadership training
  • have willingness to share knowledge and teach others
  • have good collaboration skills
  • have proficiency in English, oral and written
  • have the ability to work well in an academic environment
  • have experience with using subcontractors
  • have a strong drive and an ability to complete tasks on time
  • be able to pass a medical similar as the one required for airplane staff. This is obligatory to be able to work in remote camps on the ice sheet

Electronic skills could include:

  • Updated knowledge of forefront electronics
  • Motor controls (Brushless DC, steppers etc)
  • Sensor systems integration
  • Expertise with microcontrollers (Our present equipment includes: STM32, Arduino, PIC, Raspberry PI)
  • Data acquisition and control
  • Power distribution and safety standards
  • Experience with prototyping

Terms of employment
It is a full-time permanent position.
The employment and salary are made in accordance with the Circular on the Collective Agreement concerning academics in the state sector concluded between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Employment will be as academic employee or specialconsultant, depending on your educational background and workexperience. The salary is based on seniority; negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life. More on employment conditions: http://ism.ku.dk.

Further information
Inquiries about the position can be made to:

  • Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen (ddj@nbi.ku.dk) Phone +45 2289 4537
  • Steffen Bo Hansen (sbh@nbi.ku.dk) Phone +45 2875 0614
  • Grant Boeckmann (grant.boeckmann@nbi.ku.dk) Phone +45 4071 9138

Please submit your application by clicking on “Apply Now” below. Only online applications will be accepted.

Deadline for applications is December 31st, 2023


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Application deadline: 31-12-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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