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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ph.D. position - "Experimental sedimentological study of carbonate oozes "

The Department of Geography and Geology (DGG) at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen hereby offers a fully funded Ph.D. position.

We seek a highly motivated candidate to participate in an experimental sedimentological study of the basic physical behaviour of carbonate mud with special reference to chalk ooze. The main tasks of the Ph.D. student will be to develop experimental techniques as well as designing and producing suitable experimental sediments. The project will be carried out within the framework of the newly established joint DGG and Maersk Oil Research Centre which will host five PhD students and two assistant professors in addition to the permanent staff at DGG and Maersk Oil. Project participants have backgrounds in sedimentology, geophysics, stratigraphy, numerical modelling, geochemistry, paleontology/paleoecology and engineering. The ultimate aim of the research centre is to improve the qualitative and quantitative understanding of chalk depositional systems and heterogeneity of chalk reservoirs.

Job description

The purpose of the project is to explore the little investigated field of using experimental methods to develop an improved understanding of the physical behaviour of fine-grained pelagic carbonates (chalk ooze). This requires careful considerations on the acquisition/production, variation, and control of experimental oozes, and subjecting these to a range of physical experiments to measure properties such as resuspension thresholds and rheology. The main tasks of the Phd. student will be to develop experimental techniques as well as designing and producing suitable experimental sediments.


We are seeking a creative and innovative student with experience with experimental sedimentology/fluid dynamics or monitoring of natural sedimentary/fluid systems. Relevant backgrounds include physical geography, engineering, fluid dynamics, environmental sciences, marine sciences, geology or similar. We expect that the candidate will publish in international peer?reviewed journals, write a Ph. D. thesis within the project duration of three years and assist in teaching within the Department. The scholarship is open for two alternative Ph.D. arrangements:

A regular 3-year program; here the candidate must hold a M.Sc. degree,
A special 4-year program; here the candidate must hold a B.Sc. degree and have completed one year of the M.Sc. program (equivalent to 60 ECTS).
Terms of employment

In the regular 3-year program, the successful Ph.D. candidate will be offered a full-time Ph.D. position for a period of three years, contingent on a satisfactory performance, with the specific intent that it results in a Ph.D. degree and scientific publications. In the 4-year program, the successful Ph.D. candidate will be paid in accordance with the Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme Authority Order for the first two years until awarded a M. Sc. and as a full-time Ph.D. for the remaining two years.

The salary depends on seniority, as agreed between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, and is within the range of 23,000-30,000 DKK/month (approximately 3,100-4,000 Euro/month) in the 3-year program and 10,000-12,000 DKK/month for the first two years of the 4-year program.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Lars Stemmerik, (e-mail: ls@geo.ku.dk). General information on the Department of Geography and Geology can be found at www.geo.ku.dk.

How to apply

Applications, including (i) a motivation for the application (0.5 A4 page), (ii) a statement of research interests, (iii) curriculum vitae including list of publications, (iv) a copy of MSc diploma or equivalent, (v) a short abstract of the M.Sc. thesis or equivalent, and (vi) the names, e-mails, telephones and addresses of 2-4 referees, must be uploaded when you apply online on this address: http://www.ku.dk/stillinger/vip/.

The deadline for application is February 15th 2012.

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

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