The University of Copenhagen is currently accepting applications for the PhD Position on Climate Gases in Rewetted Areas in Denmark for the 2021/2022 academic year.

The successful applicant will be based at the Freshwater Biological Section and co-operate with Biological Institute, Southern University. The Freshwater Biological Section covers: biodiversity, climate gas exchange, carbon dynamics in freshwaters and wetland, ecophysiology, ecosystem dynamics and alpine-arctic-tropical research.

The section comprises research and teaching of staff members, laboratory technicians, Post Docs, PhD candidates and MSc and BSc students. The section has state-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment and experience in conducting extensive field sampling and experiments.

The PhD position is part of a 4-years grant from Danmarks Frie Forskningsråd (DFF) entitled “Supporting climate and biodiversity by rewetting of low-laying areas” and lead by Professor Kaj Sand-Jensen.

Changes in carbon retention and climate gas exchange are expected as restored lakes and wetlands develop. Carbon sequestration is expected to increase with coverage of established riparian vegetation. In contrast, CO2 emission is expected to increase, and CH4 emissions to decline, when oxygen supply increases over air-exposed lake bottoms at low water level.

The two main research questions of the PhD project are:

  • How do carbon retention and climate gas emission from wetlands and lakes change as a function of hydrology, time since restoration and disturbance regime, and
  • How do carbon retention and climate gas emission depend on soil and sediment types.

Worth of Award

  • The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750). This includes an annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 53,811).
  • Note that negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


In order to be eligible for the PhD Position on Climate Gases in Rewetted Areas scholarship, applicants should

  • Hold an MSc degree, or equivalent, in Biology, Ecology, Bio-geochemistry or closely-related fields. emphasis will also be laid on relevant work experience and previous publications (if any).
  • Be highly motivated and ambitious individuals with good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Previous experience in field work on lakes and/or wetlands, biological experiments, gas measurements and sensor electronics will be considered an asset.

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.
  • To attend PhD courses.
  • To write scientific articles and your PhD thesis.
  • To teach and disseminate your research.
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad.
  • To work for the department.

How to Apply

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically.

Please include

  • Cover Letter (1 page) describing your background, personal qualities, research interests and motivation for applying for this position.
  • CV (max. 2 pages).
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc).
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any).
  • A short abstract of the MSc thesis.
  • 2 reference letters (if any).

Deadline: The deadline for applications is February 8, 2021, 23:59 GMT +1

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