Postdoc in large-scale nitrogen modelling at GEUS

Energi-, Forsynings- og Klimaministeriet

Ph.d. & forskning
Grønland & Færøerne

Do you want to contribute to the advancement of large scale nitrogen modelling? Spatially targeted regulation is the current trend to reduce nitrogen losses from agriculture. To support this, large scale nitrogen models are required that can account for local processes, yet being operated at national scale – this calls for improved modelling tools and approaches. With your modelling and programming skills you will, as part of the research project “Future Cropping” (, have the opportunity to influence the future development of the Danish National Nitrogen Model.

Job Description
We are looking for a two-year Postdoc in the field of hydrological and transport modelling at the Hydrology Department of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen. Building on your ideas and results from recent research projects, you will contribute to the advancement of large scale nitrate modeling, with specific focus on nitrate reduction in the subsurface and nitrate transformation in riparian lowlands. As postdoc you will be part of a strong international research group in large scale hydrological modeling. The hydrological department has developed the Danish National Water Resource Model, which constitutes the backbone of the National Nitrogen Model.

You are expected to have a Ph.D. in hydrology or related and comprehensive and documented experience in hydrological modelling. You should be ambitious with a drive for developing and testing new ideas and confident as part of a teamwork, but also have the ability to work and progress independently. Documented skills in data handling via scripting is required. Experience with multiple hydrological modelling system and transport modelling will be considered a positive asset.

Proficiency in both written and spoken English is essential and documented ability to publish scientific journal papers a requirement. A positive attitude, open-mindedness and team spirit are personal qualifications highly valued in our working environment. Candidates with an existing international network within nitrogen modelling will be favored.

Department of Hydrology
Department of Hydrology is one of the three research departments at GEUS working with water. Our primary areas of activity are characterisation, quantification and modelling of the hydrological cycle including groundwater–surface water interaction, studies of flow and solute transport processes, climate change impacts and adaptation of water resources, assessment of uncertainty of monitoring and modelling, and integrated water resources management. Most of the department’s activities are carried out in close cooperation with Danish as well as foreign research institutes and universities. The department also advises State and local authorities and private parties in Denmark.

We offer:

  • A creative interdisciplinary research environment
  • A dynamic and informal working environment with talented and dedicated colleagues
  • Versatile work assignments and good opportunities to influence them
  • The possibility of additional courses and training as required; personal development
  • A family-friendly workplace, centrally located in Copenhagen
  • Active staff and art clubs
  • A fitness centre with professional assistance located at the workplace

Salary and employment conditions
Terms of salary and appointment will be according to agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The position is for a two-year period (24 months), and is to be filled as soon as possible.

Further information
Contact Senior researcher Anker Højberg +45 91 33 36 05 ( or Head of Department Heidi Barlebo +45 91 33 36 01 ( if you want further information.

International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark under the heading “Working in Denmark”.

Applications must be submitted to GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), 27 February 2019.

It is mandatory to include the applicants updated ResearcherID or ORCID, which will be used to assess the publication record in Web of Science. Any recently accepted or submitted publications can be added separately to a list of publications.

Applications should include a statement of research interests, a CV, a list of publications, copies of max. 2 publications of specific relevance to the position, a PhD degree diploma, and possibly names and contact information of max two references.

You can upload your application by clicking the "Apply for Position" button below.

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into considerations.

Appointment Procedure
An expert academic assessment committee consisting of two internal senior researchers will make an individual evaluation of applicants’ academic qualifications, where candidates are deemed qualified or non-qualified in relation to the position advertised. Then an appointments committee decide which of the qualified candidates they want to call for a job interview. The procedure is in accordance with “Circular on the appointment and assessment of academic staff at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland”, Sections 4 and 7.

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