Copenhagen University

Copenhagen University

PhD fellowship in Physical Geography


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The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere. The project is part of the research project “GRIT – Greenland's Ice in Transition”, which is financed by National Research Forundation of Denmark.

Start date is (expected to be) 1 December 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project

The PhD-position is part of a larger research project focusing on the glacial transition from a marine- to a terrestrial invironment, through the use of historical and modern remote sensing material as well as measurements in the field.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates within the field(s) of remote sensing within the cryosphere, and with specific experience with processing Sentinel1 and ICESat2 on large spatial and temporal scales. Applicants can have a background from physical geography or other related fields.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?

The group is a part of Section for Geography (2) at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are centrally located in Copenhagen, and houses both the Geography and Geology BA and MSc programmes.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Principal supervisor is Dr. Anders Anker Bjørk, Department of Geoscience and Natural Resources,[email protected] , tel +45 29921742

The PhD programme

A three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master's degree.

Qualifications needed for the regular programme To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master's degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Plan and participate in Arctic fieldwork

  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE

  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project
  • We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in cryospheric science
  • Good language skills
  • Application and Assessment Procedure

    Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

    Please include :

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another 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.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Reference letters (if available)
  • Application deadline:

    The deadline for applications is 28 September 2023, 23:59 (GMT +2)

    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 deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

    The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https: //

    Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 42.

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

    General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School's website: https: // www.

    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

    Job details


    PhD fellowship in Physical Geography


    Copenhagen University




    September 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    September 28, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Geosciences,Physics,Space Science

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