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Postdoctoral fellowship in Greenland remote sensing

København K, Hovedstaden (DK)
In accordance with the collective agreements
Closing date
19 Jan 2024

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Earth Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

The Department of Glaciology and Climate at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is hiring a postdoctoral fellow for a period of 24 months, with an ideal start date March 1st 2024.

Job description

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow who can assist with the project “Confirming Subglacial Hot Springs in Northeast Greenland”, funded by the Independent Research Fund of Denmark. The primary specific tasks of this postdoctoral fellow will be: (1) developing an algorithm to identify known persistent land surface hot spots in thermal imagery, and (2) applying this algorithm to the available archive of recent satellite imagery in Greenland to identify previously unknown persistent land surface hot spots.

The postdoctoral fellow will lead a large work package within a team environment. This remote sensing task will be executed in combination with collaborator field investigations at known subaerial hot springs. The postdoctoral fellow will therefore participate in team-level publications on various topics of cryospheric processes in Greenland. There is the opportunity to participate in aligned Greenland fieldwork. Postdoctoral fellows will be encouraged and mentored to develop into independent researchers.

Your qualifications

The appointment will be made based on academic qualifications. The candidate must hold a PhD degree in Natural Sciences or Engineering and have documented experience attesting to the job description above. Previous work batch processing with Google Earth Engine, Sentinel Hub, or similar remote platform, is therefore highly desirable. Knowledge of Landsat-8/9 B10 thermal imagery is also an asset. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required. The department also places a high value on cross-disciplinary and cross-institution collaborations, as well as team-level outreach activities.

Department of Glaciology and Climate

Our department studies both the current and past climate forcing, and response, of the Greenland ice sheet and the ocean surrounding it. Relevant to this postdoctoral fellowship, Greenland’s current ice loss is studied using a network of climate stations (including the GC-Net and PROMICE networks), satellite observations, and numerical modeling. Besides doing research, we provide advice to government agencies and the private sector and provide supervision to university students.

The department has an international staff of c. 30 researchers, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. We have a great focus on multi-disciplinary collaboration across the department and conduct department seminars and other activities to foster this. We also prioritize social arrangements to welcome and integrate new employees to our informal and friendly working environment.

We offer:

• The opportunity to participate in Greenland fieldwork.

• A creative and interdisciplinary research environment

• A lively and informal working environment with talented and dedicated colleagues

• Versatile work duties and good opportunities to influence them

• Development opportunities with access to courses and other further education

• Family friendly workplace with flexible hours

• An active social environment, with a staff association and art society

• Fitness centre with physiotherapy at the workplace

Salary and conditions of employment

In accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the relevant eligible trade union. The appointment area is the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and its institutions. The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities considers diversity to be an asset and invites anybody interested, regardless of gender, age, religion, or ethnicity to apply for the position.

Further information

Please contact the project leader, Senior Researcher William Colgan, e-mail:  telephone: +45 9133 3814 or Department Chair Signe B. Andersen, email:  telephone: +45 9133 3804. International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark on GEUS’ homepage:


The application must include a letter of motivation, a CV, a list of publications with a separate indication of journal papers that are registered in ISI Web of Science. We highly recommend that an ORCID identifier is stated in the CV, as it will be used for evaluating applicant publication records. The PhD diploma certificate, or a pre-approval from the candidate’s supervisor or other material that can document qualifications at the level of postdoctoral fellow, as well as a short summary of the PhD, must be enclosed. If relevant, contact details of referees (max. 2).

Submitted PhD theses that have not yet been defended may be sent with the application and will be included in the assessment. The PhD thesis must be approved by the University prior to appointment.

Please, send your application via GEUS' website under Jobs. Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), Friday 19th of January 2024.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The 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 will 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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