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Postdoctoral Position in Petroleum Geosystem, Aarhus University 971949

The department of Geoscience ( at Aarhus University invites application for a 3-years postdoctoral position in petroleum geosystem to start from August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates are required to hold a PhD degree in geology, sedimentology, organic petrology and geochemistry or any other related subject at the time of appointment. International PhD or postdoc experience with extensive publication record would be beneficial. The candidates are expected to be able to perform extensive laboratory work and physically demanding field work.

The main responsibility of the successful candidate is to perform research in the frame of the newly established Chair in Petroleum Geosystem at the department of Geoscience. It is expected that the candidate present research at scientific meetings and publish in international peer-reviewed journals. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. The ability and will to work independently, mentor graduate students and assist them during laboratory and field-work are expected.

Important areas of work for the successful applicant will include research in unconventional petroleum systems, with specific focus on organic matter evolution and organic/inorganic geochemistry and mineralogy of tight source rock reservoirs.

To be successful you will have:

  • Strong lab expertise in petrology and geochemistry or other related area to unconventional petroleum geosystems.
  • The ability to work effectively and independently as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.
  • Being able to initiate new ideas and participate in application of research grants.
  • A demonstrable commitment to publication of original results at an international level in quality, peer review journals.

Specific experience in organic petrology and geochemistry of unconventional petroleum systems will be considered advantageous.

The place of work is Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, 8000 Aarhus C and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Hamed Sanei

Please note that letters of reference may also be sent directly by e-mail to Professor Hamed Sanei
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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology 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 Finance 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 Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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 Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here. (

All applications must be made online and received by: 06.05.2018


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