Postdoc in hydrological climate change projections at GEUS

Copenhagen, , DK

Do you want to develop methods that improve projections of climate change impacts on hydrology with respect to resolution, type of indicators and reliability/uncertainty? As part of a larger research project with international collaborating research institutes a two year Postdoc position in hydrological climate change projections is vacant from April 2018.  

Job Description  

We are looking for a Postdoc in the field of integrated hydrological modelling at the Hydrology Department of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen. The Postdoc will work on the project Advancing QUAlity of CLimate services for European Water (AQUACLEW) a research project funded through JPI Climate, an initiative of European member states and associated countries to align national programmes by jointly coordinating their climate research and funding new transnational research activities. The primary work task will be on increasing the quality and usability of climate services, including resolution, accuracy and precision of hydrological projections. The study will mainly include numerical modelling studies of catchments in Denmark with emphasis on:

  • Define metrics for quantifying the ability of models to perform in a changing climate  
  • Set up calibration/validation frameworks (local hydrological models and bias correction methods) to evaluate performance using the identified metrics  
  • Setup of protocols for uncertainty assessment, including differential split-sample tests and expert elicitations to discriminate among climate models and hydrological models  
  • Test and demonstrate the new methods for user-selected indicators in different catchments (primarily located in Denmark) based on results from integrated hydrological modelling forced by outputs from climate models.  

Your qualifications  

The appointment will be based on academic qualifications. You must have documented scientific competences in using integrated hydrological modelling tools and calibration and validation methodologies. Likewise, you must have documented scientific competences with hydrological impacts of climate change projections and quantification of uncertainty on hydrological data and predictions.  
Proficiency in both written and spoken English is essential. A positive attitude, open-mindedness and team spirit are personal qualifications highly valued in our working environment.  

Department of Hydrology  

The department works with the characterisation, modelling and management of the water cycle and solute transport in Danish and international contexts. Within the current issues, the department contributes with research, consultancy and capacity building in four main areas: hydrogeological characterisation, water and solute cycle, climate impacts and adaptation, and water management. Most of the department’s activities are carried out in close cooperation with Danish as well as foreign research institutes and universities. There is about 25 staff in the department, of which nearly 20 are researchers or PhD students and postdocs.  

We offer:  

  • 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 flextime  
  • An active social environment, with a staff association and art society  
  • Fitness centre with physiotherapy at the workplace  

Salary and employment conditions  

In accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the relevant eligible trade union.  

The appointment area is the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate and its institutions.  

The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate 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 Head of Department Heidi Barlebo on tel. +45 91 33 36 01, e-mail: [email protected] or Senior researcher Torben Sonnenborg on tel. +45 91 33 36 35 e-mail: [email protected]  
International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark on GEUS’ extranet:  


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, copies of any individual publications of particular relevance to the position and, if relevant, contact details of referees (max. 2). PhD diploma, as well as a summary of the PhD or other material that can document qualifications at Postdoc/Research Scientist level must be enclosed.  

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.

You can send your application by clicking on the “Apply for Position”. Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.  

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 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.