PhD position University of Copenhagen, Denmark / Coastal morphodynamics in permafrost – affected areas in Greenland

PhD position – Coastal morphodynamics in permafrost-affected areas in Greenland Center for Permafrost (CENPERM) at the Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen hereby offers a fully funded PhD position. Center for Permafrost (CENPERM) is offering one fully funded PhD scholarship to commence in August 2012 or soon hereafter.

We seek a highly motivated candidate to work on the dynamics of sedimentary coastal areas in Greenland. The aim is to quantify the rates of shoreline change and sediment fluxes in areas with continuous, discontinuous and sporadic permafrost. The shoreline changes over years and decades are studied in different arctic landscapes with the use of satellite images and aerial photographs; the shoreline changes over smaller time scales are studied in detail using data of intensive field campaigns. Here, the focus is on unraveling the responsible coastal processes that alters the shores with its specific properties, and on estimating fluxes of fluvial sediments from terrestrial drainage areas in to the coastal area. The results will be used to estimate the rate of carbon and nutrient release in to the coastal waters.

CENPERM is a newly established Center of Excellence financed by the Danish National Research Foundation, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and the University of Copenhagen and integrates multidisciplinary research of biogeochemical and physical processes in Arctic landscapes, especially in the major climate zones of Greenland.

The PhD project is also embedded in the Research Group Dynamic Geomorphology. Here, we study coastal changes on different spatial and temporal scales by looking to the mutual interactions between processes (water, wind and ice), sediment transport gradients and morphologic evolutions. The collection and analysis of field data and the development and analysis of process-oriented conceptual models are integral parts of all our studies.

The scholarship is open to Danish and international applicants. Highly motivated candidates with an MSc degree in Physical Geography, Physical Oceanography, Marine Geology, Climatology, or any other related field are encouraged to apply. Quantitative skills in morphodynamic computations of coastal changes and in GIS are highly appreciated.
Qualified candidates must speak and write English fluently. We expect that the candidate will publish in international peer?reviewed journals, write a PhD thesis within the project duration of three years and assist in some teaching within the Department.

Terms of employment and payment are in accordance with the agreement
between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of
Professional Associations (AC). The starting salary for candidates with an MSc degree will be a minimum of DKK 304.089 per year (April 2012 level) plus pension contribution. The successful candidate will have to be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science, University of Copenhagen and will be offered a working contract for the 3 year PhD study period. It is expected that the successful candidate will be enrolled at the PhD School of the Faculty of Science no later than 1 month after the start of the PhD scholarship preferably by August 2012.

To apply, click on the « Apply online » below and attach the following:
* A letter of motivation for this position and a condensed project
description including technical approaches (max 3 pages)
* A Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications
* A transcript of relevant University examinations
* Contact details (including e-mail addresses) of two referees.

The deadline for application is JULY 3, 2012. Applications received after the deadline or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements will not be considered. An evaluation committee will be appointed to evaluate the applications. Applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns her/him. The final selection of a successful candidate will be made based on the recommendations made by the evaluation committee.

Further information can be obtained from the main supervisor, DR AART KROON, (e-mail: General information on Center for Permafrost (CENPERM) can be found at, on the Department of Geography and Geology at and on the PhD school at

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. Apply online or see:

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