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Job opening – Marine geophysicist Published 28.08.2019

The Greenland Climate Research Centre (GCRC) at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) invites applicants for a research scientist position.


Primary task

The position is within in the discipline and competencies of marine geophysics, connecting with oceanography, marine biology and marine geology. The position encompasses several topics including benthic habitat mapping, climate forcing on oceanographic conditions and marine ecosystems, as well as phytoplankton ecology. The job thus focuses on sonar-based mapping research of marine seafloor substrates and habitats and modelling of marine environmental conditions on a geological time scale (millennia), based on sedimentary proxies and a present day link to climate change effects on species composition, distribution and seasonal patterns.

The successful candidate will be a key person in the joined cooperation between GCRC and GEUS in the efforts of promoting habitat mapping on the Greenlandic shelf and to build new research projects and programs, as well as developing and promoting collaborations with national and international partners. The scientist will be responsible for instrumentation of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources’ research vessels for sonar-based mapping purposes, coordinating the collection, processing and publication of mapping data. The position also aims at the development and implementation of new mapping and geophysical methods in Arctic habitat mapping, into the different departments at GCRC and GEUS as well as external collaborators. We are looking for a scientist with knowledge and competences that can bridge the oceanographic and biological research on long time scales with marine geophysical and geological conditions of Greenland.



  • Has a PhD in Earth Sciences
  • Want to join a dynamic and multi-disciplinary department and to be a key person for joined cooperation between GCRC and GEUS, as well as take part in international collaboration and workgroups.
  • Has experience in:
    • Project development and management
    • Writing project applications for national and international funding bodies.
    • Coordinating field campaigns, data collection and processing
    • Instrument acquisition and implementation
  • Has in-depth knowledge on multi-beam data collection and analysis as well as mapping protocols
  • Has experience with quantitative modelling techniques
  • Has expertise and knowledge about the marine geology, oceanography, marine ecology and paleoceanography of the Arctic and in particular Greenland
  • Can work well in a cross disciplinary team with biologists and geologists in GCRC and GEUS, as well as internationally and individually.
  • Has experience and good writing skills for applications, reports and scientific publications
  • Has analytical and problem-solving skills


Scientific competencies:

  • 3D modelling of the Greenland seafloor with focus on topography
  • Environmental modelling of past oceanic conditions related to ocean circulation, temperature-salinity gradients, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, sedimentation and biological productivity (paleoceanography)
  • Producing high spatial resolution models and maps of seafloor habitats
  • Marine ecology studies as advantage (i.e. present-day and past Arctic marine ecosystems)



  • Acquiring and managing of research projects and programs
  • Key person on future arctic habitat mapping joined cooperation between GCRC and GEUS
  • Coordination of field campaigns and research projects
  • Development of mapping protocols and methodological advancement
  • Development of geophysical models and maps for marine resources management
  • Coordinating geophysical data acquisition, processing and database
  • Bridging different research topics, e.g. topography, paleoceanography, ecology
  • Applying for external funding
  • Publishing results (preferentially in peer-reviewed journals)
  • Communicating results to the public and stakeholders in Greenland
  • Development, participation and coordination of international research teams and networks
  • Anchoring research and knowledge in Greenland
  • Teaching at University level


Salary and terms of employment:

The position is co-funded by GCRC and GEUS, with location and administration under the Greenland Climate Research Centre at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. The GEUS link to the position is through the GEUS Nuuk office and administratively under the GEUS Marine Geological Department.

The position will refer to the head of Department of the Greenland Climate Research Centre.

The salary terms and conditions are specified by the agreement between the Government of Greenland and the employees negotiating partners.


Further information

For further information on the position, please contact Acting Head of Department Mie Winding, phone:  (+299) 36 1238; E-mail



Application ”marked Stillingsopslag GCRC” must be addressed to Acting Head of Department Mie Winding together with copies of diploma and curriculum vitae etc.:

Grønlands Naturinstitut

Att: Mie Winding

P.O. Box 570

DK-3900 Nuuk


or by mail to



Deadline for arrival of applications is September 20, 2019


The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources is the Government of Greenland’s centre for biological research. Our primary objective is to provide the scientific basis for a sustainable use of the natural resour­ces in Greenland, as well as safeguarding the environ­ment and biological diversity. The Institute employs of about 60 people in six departments: Department of Fish and Shellfish, Department of Birds and Mam­mals, Greenland Climate Research Centre, Department of Environment and Mineral Resources, Administration and Communication Office


The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an internationally oriented, independent research and advisory institution established in 1888 within the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building. GEUS carries out activities to exploit and protect geological resources in Denmark and Greenland. Primary activities are mapping, compilation and storage of data, research, monitoring and consultancy within water, energy, minerals and climate and environment. This includes research and technology development in relation to administration of legislation. GEUS also undertakes assignments related to energy, minerals, water, climate and the environment on a contractual basis for other public authorities, research agencies, private companies and clients outside Denmark.