PhD position in Ice Rheology at the Centre for Ice and Climate – Niels Bohr Institutet - Københavns Universitet

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01. februar 2018

PhD position in Ice Rheology at the Centre for Ice and Climate

The fellowship is intended for an outstanding candidate with a background in geophysics, physics, or related technical disciplines. The PhD project will involve experimental studies of the ice crystals from the coming EGRIP deep ice core drilled through the North East Greenland ice stream (NEGIS).

In addition, the anisotropy of the ice will be studied though the development of theoretical constitutive models. The overall goal is to gain understanding of the flow of ice streams. The fellow will work within an international research team and the project will involve fieldwork on the Greenland ice stream and periods of research at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany.

About the project

The project is part of the IceFlow project, which is a Villum Investigator Project (2017-2023) with the overall aim to improve knowledge of the flow and deformation of ice with special emphasis on the NEGIS ice stream. The project spans ice core studies, borehole observations, and an extensive surface program including radar and drone measurements. All observations are interpreted with the help of computer models and the final goal is to improve ice-stream models and thereby enable better predictions of sea level rise.

The Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, is a world-leading research group in ice-core related climate research. The main activities of the centre are drilling and analysis of ice cores with the objective of understanding climate change in the past in order to improve our understanding of present and future climate change. The research group is international and has a strong network of national and international collaborators. For more information on the center's activities and researchers, please see

Principal supervisor: Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Centre for Ice and Climate,; Phone: +45 2289 4537

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Terms of salary, work, and employment

The position can be started on 1 May 2018, or later upon agreement.

  • The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
  • Terms of appointment and payment according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
  • The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 317,448 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43,848). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Salary and terms of employment for an integrated PhD schemes (4- and 5-year) are described here:

How to apply

Applications are submitted electronically via the University of Copenhagen's central employment pages by clicking APPLY NOW.

Please include:

  • A cover letter (optional)
  • A statement describing your research interests and background as they relate to the IceFlow topics (one page maximum).
  • CV (including any publications)
  • Diploma and transcripts of record (BSc/AB and MSc, if applicable)
  • Three referees (include full contact details; name, address, telephone, and email)

Selection of the successful candidates will be based on accomplishments and promise of future achievement. We encourage applications from the best candidates irrespective of nationality, gender, or background.

Deadline and application procedure

Applications received by 1 March 2018 will receive full consideration. After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants for assessment are selected on the advice of the Interview Committee by the criteria stated above. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications.

  • The final selection of a successful candidate will be made based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.
  • The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


Contact the leader of the IceFlow program professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen (; +45 2289 4537).

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