PhD Fellow in Geochemistry and Magmatic Petrology of Silicic Volcanism of the Southern Andes
University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management

Description of the scientific environment

The Section of Geology is part of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management and is located on Øster Voldgade 10 in the central part of Copenhagen. The institute hosts a lively PhD environment and weekly seminars and a yearly hard rock meeting provide a stimulating research environment. The successful applicant will be working daily in the Research group of Geochemical, Mineralogical and Petrological Earth Science, which includes analytical facilities such as EMPA, ICP-MS, LA-ICP-MS, and several TIMS instruments. The research group is involved in a wide range of research activities within geochemistry and petrology of ocean island and within plate magmatism, subduction zones and Greenland Archean complexes, mineralogy and redox-sensitive isotope systems.

Project description 

The research project is centered on investigating the Quaternary silicic volcanism of the Loicas trough in the southern Andes ~35-37 ⁰S through a geochemical and volcanological study to characterize magma sources and magma chamber conditions as well as the explosivity of the magmatism. The extensional Loicas trough is situated behind the main arc front in an otherwise compressional tectonic regime and hosts a number of calderas and silicic volcanoes, a.o. the Domuyo volcano, and the younger Tromen volcano with associated basaltic cinder cones. A recent tomographic study has shown that the trough hosts large shallow magma reservoirs, and the goal is therefore to assess the risk of future eruptions. The applied analytical methods will primarily be whole rock elemental modeling, Sr, Nd, Pb-DS isotopes, and microprobe and laser ablation analyses of minerals for thermobarometric purposes. The student is expected to participate in field work in Argentina in the first weeks of January 2020.

Principal supervisor is Assistant Professor, Nina Søager, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 29 75.

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 Geology or Geochemistry 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 student is required to have a strong background in igneous geochemistry and petrology. Students with experience in performing chromatographic element separation/geochemical lab procedures, isotope analyses and interpretation of isotopes will be preferred. Experience with electron microprobe and/or LA-ICP-MS will be an advantage.

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 325.625 (approx. €43,400) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,980). 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, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project 
  • 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 30th of June 2019, 23:59 GMT +2.  
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 [Assistant Professor, Nina Søager, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 29 75]. 
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at 

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