APPLY: Protecting the drinking water resource (Fully-funded PhD Scholarship)

Protecting the drinking water resource

APPLY: Protecting the drinking water resource (Fully-funded PhD Scholarship)

Deadline: April 10, 2017


PhD position – Protecting the drinking water resource: Hydrogeological assessment and working with stakeholders
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Section for Geology Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in “Protecting the drinking water resource: Hydrogeological assessment and working with stakeholders” starting 1st May 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.



Project description
The overall objectives of the project are to study and understand local groundwater-surface water systems and develop new approaches and tools which, in collaboration with stakeholders (farmers, water supply companies, local authorities, etc.), will be used to design mitigation measures for the protection of groundwater and surface waters. The project will furthermore include the design of a monitoring network that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the mitigation measures.

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The project is funded by EUs Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 and will include close collaboration with partners from the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) as well as international partners from other EU countries.
Job description
The PhD student will primarily focus on two supporting tasks; (1) Detailed hydrological modelling of local groundwater systems and (2) working with stakeholders to explore possibilities and identifying optimal solutions. Detailed hydrological modelling will be used to understand the system and support the development of a GIS based decision support system (DSS) by transferring detailed model results to the DSS for “on-the-fly” calculation of the effects of alternative mitigation strategies in collaboration with stakeholders. Modelling will further support the design of a monitoring network, by analysing what, when, and where to monitor in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the suggested mitigation measures. In addition to the hydrological modelling the PhD student will, to a lesser extent, also participate in local stakeholder meeting and help identifying possible best management practise and alternative governance structures.

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Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
We invite candidates from different scientific fields to apply; hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering, or environmental sciences. The candidate should have a solid background in numerical modelling of flow and (reactive) transport processes. Additionally, experience or an interest in working with stakeholders on a practical level is desirable. Furthermore, the candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, good command of the Danish and English language, and be able to work in cross-disciplinary national and international teams.


Terms of employment
The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree.

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord 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 304,000 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,000). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY ONLINE below, and must include the following:

•Cover Letter, stating your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
•CV, including list of publications (journal articles, master’s thesis)
•Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
•Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
•Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order.
Application Procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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The deadline for applications is March 10, 2017. Applications received later than this date will not be considered. Interviews are expected to take place last week of March, 2017.



Employment and enrollment
The successful candidate will be employed at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN), University of Copenhagen, and enrolled in the PhD school of Science, University of Copenhagen. Professor Peter Engesgaard, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen ( will be the principal supervisor with Senior Researcher Scientist Anker Højberg (, GEUS and Lone Søderkvist Kristensen (, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen as co-supervisors. The work place will for the most part be at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact Anker Højberg.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations .




Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.



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