Post-doctoral position in modelling subglacial meltwater erosion

Aarhus University

Aarhus, Denmark 🇩🇰

The Department of Geoscience (DG), Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applicants for a two-year post-doctoral position in numerical modelling of meltwater erosion under ice sheets as part of the ongoing project “Dynamical modelling of subglacial meltwater erosion during past and future glaciations”. The work revolves around building a numerical model of subglacial channelized drainage over soft beds, simulating the formation of tunnel valleys, and predicting the dynamics of erosion processes under the future ice sheets. The study will be utilizing a detailed geological model of parts of northern Germany, at the outskirt of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet during major Quaternary glaciations. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Department of Geology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.

The ideal candidate has a strong background in one or several disciplines including glaciology, hydrogeology, numerical methods, and high performance computing. Interest in quantifying geological processes and experience with numerical modelling are essential. The applicants must have a Ph.D. in either geoscience/geology, applied mathematics, physics, cryosphere research, or a related field by the time of appointment. The position is funded by the Bundesgesellschaft fĂĽr Endlagerung, Germany.

The Department

The Department of Geoscience currently employs around 110 staff including faculty, externally funded researchers, post-docs, Ph.D. students, and administrative and technical personnel. DG has a strong research profile spanning a broad range of geological and geophysical disciplines including Climate and Environment, Water, Energy and Natural Resources, and Deep Earth Systems. We have an outstanding research and teaching infrastructure including geophysical, geochemical, sedimentological and micropalaeontological laboratories, HF-laboratory, a class 100 metal-free clean-laboratory, and TCN dating facilities.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a full commitment to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion.

The place of work is the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The beautiful Aarhus University campus is located close to the downtown of Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark with 400 000 inhabitants. It has a lively and charming downtown close to the Aarhus Bay at the Baltic Sea. In Denmark schools, higher education and health care are free. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question.

Application deadline

The application must be received by December 31, 2022 and the position is to be occupied by May 1, 2023 for a period of two years.

Further information

Further information can be obtained from the Head of Department Professor Jan A. Piotrowski, Department of Geoscience, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark, e-mail:, phone: +45 87156409 or Dr Anders Damsgaard, Department of Geoscience, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark, e-mail:, phone: +45 93508239. For more information about the Department see

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.





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