University of Copenhagen International PhD Positions in Antarctic Glaciology

  • PHD
  • min. DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750)
  • 15 October 2020

wo 3-year PhD fellowship are available at the Department of Geosciences & Natural Resource Management (IGN), University of Copenhagen, Denmark, with an expected start 1 January 2021, or shortly thereafter.
The two PhD positions are part of the project ‘AIR – Antarctic Imagery Resurfaced’ funded by The Villum Foundation.

About the project
Recent discoveries of historical aerial and satellite imagery from Antarctica combined with advances in image processing techniques now allow us to extract valuable information on past states of the Ice Sheet. This project explores and develops new techniques for processing that old data on large spatial scales.

We seek two highly motivated PhD students to participate in this exciting, new research field of Historical Glaciolgy. As a PhD you will be part of a strong international research team with partners from University of Copenhagen (Dr. Anders Anker Bjørk, IGN), University of Tromsø, Norway (Prof. Anders Schomacker and University of Grenoble, France (Prof. Jeremie Mouginot). The project spans a total of five years, and the team also includes two postdocs and several Ba and Msc students. Your research will ultimately describe the role that Antarctic glaciers have had through historical time, and shed light on how this knowledge can be used to better predict future sea-level rise from Antarctica.

About the PhD position
The PhD position is highly interdisciplinary and involves the fields of image processing, remote sensing, glaciology, climatology and oceanography. Expect also to join the team on fieldwork during the summers.

Your key responsibilities in the PhD project are

Plan and conduct state of the art science

  • Plan and execute field work in Greenland/Antarctica
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Attend PhD courses (in total of 30 ECTS)
  • Disseminate your research at the institute and conferences
  • Research visit at a foreign research institution for up to six months
  • Work for the department (teaching and supervision of students)
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Applicants must hold an MSc degree or equivalent. Priority is given to candidates with a background in one of the following areas: remote sensing, photogrammetry or glaciology.

Programming experience and ability to handle and process large datasets is an advantage. Applicants must be fluent in both written and spoken English to a level sufficiently high for communication and dissemination at an academic level.

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The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ within the link. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page) including references
2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
3. Master of Science diploma (or equivalent) and transcript of records. If the MSc degree has not been completed at the time of application, a written statement from your institution/supervisor assessing your academic level and expected graduation date, as well as a certified/signed copy of the most recent transcript of records will be acceptable.
4. Publication list (if relevant)

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