4 PhD positions in geology Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Natural History Museum of Denmark (SNM), University of Copenhagen offers 2 Ph.D. positions in the fields of Arctic carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy and diagenesis, and 2 Ph.D. positions in Chalk stratigraphy, sedimentology and reservoir geology. The positions are open from July 15th 2013. The positions in Arctic carbonates are in cooperation with UNIS (The University Centre in Svalbard, www.unis.no) and involve up to one year of studies in Svalbard. The positions in Chalk are funded by Geocenter Denmark (www.geocenter.dk).

Position 1. Source potential of Gipsdalen Group in the Billefjorden area (with UNIS)

We seek a geoscientist with background in carbonate sedimentology interested in understanding the sedimentology and source potential of interbedded carbonates and evaporites deposited in semi-isolated basins using the late Palaeozoic Billefjorden Through as a model. The project involves extensive field work in Spitsbergen, integration of well data and data base management. The field work will require camping in the High Arctic, and strenuous hiking partly in steep terrain.The successful candidate will be affiliated with UNIS and is expected to live in Longyearbyen for up to one year.

Position 2. Upper Palaeozoic enhanced porosity and permeability by karstification in the North Sea – and Barents Sea Basins (with UNIS)

We are seeking a geoscientist with strong background in carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis to a project focussing on karstification of Upper Palaeozoic carbonates. The project aim at integrating data from core studies with field studies of carbonate breccias, and involves field work in Spitsbergen. The field work will require camping in the High Arctic, and strenuous hiking partly in steep terrain.The successful candidate will be affiliated with UNIS and is expected to live in Longyearbyen for up to one year.

The Arctic carbonate positions are funded by oil companies and research will take place in close cooperation between the sponsoring company, Professor Lars Stemmerik (SNM) and Professor Snorre Olaussen (UNIS). The research builds on a strong expertise of Arctic geology at UNIS and University of Copenhagen.

Position 3. Cyclostratigraphy of the Upper Maastrichtian – Danian Chalk in western Denmark.

We seek a geoscientist with a palaeontological or sedimentological background to conduct a detailed sedimentological and cyclostratigraphic study of the upper Chalk Group in western Denmark based on a drill core from western Denmark. The core is planned to be drilled in autumn 2013. Chalk is an important reservoir rock in the Danish North Sea and the study aims at understanding the stratigraphic and sedimentological controls on metre-scale reservoir heterogeneities.

Position 4. Sedimentology and microporosity of Upper Maastrichtian – Danian Chalk

We are seeking a geoscientist with background in sedimentology and reservoir geology to perform a sedimentological analysis of the Maastrichtian and Danian chalk to identify potential reservoir facies. Focus will be on chalk micro-texture based on SEM-studies. Chalk is an important reservoir rock in the Danish North Sea and the study aims at understanding the microscale controls on reservoir properties. The successful candidate will be employed in the Reservoir Group at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)(www.geus.dk).

The chalk positions are funded by Geocenter Denmark and research will be closely linked to a newly established chalk research centre supported by Maersk Oil. The research centre builds on a strong expertise in Chalk sedimentology, palaeoecology, stratigraphy and geophysics and hosts several B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • A master’s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)

Formal requirements

The positions are available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty’s master’s programmes. At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

Terms of employment

The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Application Procedure

Apply by clicking ‘Apply Now’ below.

Applications – in English – must include:

  • Cover Letter, stating which position and programme you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD position.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • References
  • Documentation of English language qualifications

The application must be received no later than June 2nd 2013. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

Questions

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact Professor Lars Stemmerik at lars.stemmerik@snm.ku.dk.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations .

 

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