PhD Project in geochemistry and petrology
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Faculty of SCIENCE
University of Copenhagen
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management invites
applicants for a PhD fellowship in geochemistry and petrology. The project is
part of the research project “Reassessing the existence of plate tectonics on
the early Earth”, which is financed by a Sapere Aude Grant awarded to
Associate Professor Kristoffer Szilas from Independant Research Fund Denmark.
Start date is (expected to be) May 1st 2022 or as soon as possible
The PhD Student will be working on Archaean anorthosite samples from West
Greenland using a combination of petrology, geochemistry and thermodynamic
modelling, and therefore a strong background in these topics are a
requirement. The aim of the research project is to determine if subduction
zone processes are required for the formation of such rocks, or if they could
also form in a stagnant lid tectonic setting.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates within the field(s) of geology and
geochemistry. Field work in Greenland will be required, and therefore previous
field experience in remote areas is essential. Priority will be given to
applicants with previous experience using the MELTS thermodynamic software for
modelling magmatic systems.
Our group and research- and what do we offer?
This research project is lead by Associate Professor Kristoffer Szilas, whose
group studies Archaean rocks from Greenland in order to established when and
how plate tectonics began operating on Earth.
The group is a part of Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource
Management, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in
Copenhagen with our laboratory facilities situated at Øster Voldgade 10.
We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and
international research environment. Our research facilities include modern
laboratories with an electron microprobe, micro-XRF scanner and LA-ICP-MS,
which will all be used as part of this project.
Principal supervisor is Associate Professor, Kristoffer Szilas,
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, firstname.lastname@example.org
, Direct Phone: +4520816620.
Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree
programme, equivalent to a Danish master's degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120
ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. Geology-
Geoscience. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see
General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.
Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.
Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at
the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This
requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project
formulated by the applicant.
The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between
the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional
Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the
Protocol on Job Structure.
Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted
electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
Please include :
Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project
Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
Publication list (if possible)
Reference letters (if available)
The deadline for applications is February 15th 2022, 23:59 GMT +1.
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and
not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned
The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic
assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will
be passed for assessment.
The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted
applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques,
skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each
applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed
applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can
read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in weeks 10
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the
General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at
the PhD School's website: https: // www. science.ku.dk/phd/.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and
invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.