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PhD fellow in Probabilistic Inversion of Airborne Electromagnetic Data

Section of Climate and Geophysics, Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellowship in Probabilistic Inversion of Airborne Electromagnetic Data commencing 1 May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Description of the scientific environment 
The Solid Earth Physics group ( works primarily on theoretical and numerical development of a probabilistic approach to inverse problems. Specifically, the combination of information from geophysical data with complex geologically realistic information is of key interest.  
Project description 
Groundwater mapping in Denmark is internationally acknowledged and regarded as a benchmark approach. Massive amounts of data (well logs, geophysical, geo- and hydro-logical data) have been collected. Today these data are combined in a deterministic sequential workflow, where, typically, a single final model represents all available information. While successful, this workflow has some limitations: There is no way to ensure the final model consistency with all information at hand, 
and there is no way to ensure correct uncertainty quantification. The aim of this PhD study is to develop probabilistic inversion methods of airborne electromagnetic data that can take into account existing information in form of stochastic geological models and well logs in a consistent way. 
This PhD position is part of a recently funded project by the Free Research Council (Technology and Production) entitled Probabilistic Geomodelling of Groundwater Resources (RESPROB), carried out in collaboration with GEUS, University of Cagliari, University of Aarhus and USGS (Denver, USA), experts in geological modeling and inversion of airborne electromagnetic data. The main goal of RESPROB is to develop a probabilistic data integration workflow that allows consistent integration of well-log, geophysical and geological data. The resulting probabilistic geomodel should be efficient tool for end-users for informed, data-driven, decision making and for risk assessment. 
Principal supervisor is Thomas Mejer Hansen, Solid Earth Physics,, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 76 32 
Job description 
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 

  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department 
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics, Geophysics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computational Geoscience (or similar) with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on
  • Relevant work experience. 
  • Previous publications (if any) 
  • Programming (Matlab/Python/C++) skills 
  • Knowledge about geostatistics and inverse problem theory is preferred 
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme 
Terms of employment  
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 317.448 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.848). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 

Application Procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include
  • Cover Letter 
  • CV  
  • 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),  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees 
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 15 February 2018, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Thomas Mejer Hansen, Solid Earth Physics,, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 76 32. 
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at ;

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