PhD position, ice cores - Copenhagen, Denmark

A three-year PhD position on methane from ice cores is available in the Department of Physics of Ice, Climate and Earth at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


The start date for this position is 1 February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. 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.


This project aims at identifying methane sources from the isotopic composition of methane measured on air entrapped in polar ice sheets. During the last glacial period, methane concentrations changed rapidly over Dansgaard-Oeschger events, and it has been suggested that changes in tropical sources are responsible for the change (e.g. Rhodes et al. 2015 Science 348: 1016-1019). The PhD candidate will work with a postdoc on the same project but with different tasks. The project has an extensive experimental component including building/modifying part of the existing measurement system. We are therefore looking for experimentally skilled applicants preferentially with experience in mass spectrometry.


You are responsible for managing and carrying through your research project. This includes attending PhD courses, writing scientific articles and your PhD thesis, teaching and disseminating your research, staying at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad, and working for the department.


Applicants should hold an MSc degree in geophysics, physics, or other related or relevant fields with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.


The application, in English, must be submitted electronically at

Please include:
     Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project
     Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
     Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
     Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)

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

The deadline for applications is 24 November 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.

Further information

Further information about this position can be found at

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Prof. Thomas Blunier, Niels Bohr Institute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +45 35 32 05 84.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at