PhD Fellowship in Impactites and Meteorite Dating
University of Copenhagen Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

PhD Fellowship in Impactites and Meteorite Dating at GLOBE Institute

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are offering a PhD fellowship in impactites and dating of impact cratering commencing on 1 November 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.                        

Our group and research

The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary group of specialists in impactites, dating of impact cratering, marine geology, and Quaternary geology. The candidate will be based in the Quaternary Group at the Section for GeoGenetics at GLOBE Institute but part of the PhD is planned to be conducted at other research institutions in France and the United States.

Project description

In 2016, our group discovered the Hiawatha impact crater under the Greenland Ice Sheet. The impact crater is essentially undated, but it has been inferred to be younger than 2.4–3 Ma and potentially as young as the last ice age. The PhD student will use different methods to date the Hiawatha crater directly using Ar-Ar dating of impact melts, or indirectly by identification of fall-out material ejected at the time of impact into terrestrial and marine sedimentary archives of known age in NW Greenland. Another part of the project is to study impactite samples found in 2019 in front of the hidden impact crater.

As part of the PhD training it will be possible to take courses in minerology, petrology and isotope geochemistry along with more specialised courses in impactites and dating of impact structures. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned specialists in the field from Denmark, France, and the United States.

Principal supervisor is professor Nicolaj Krog Larsen, GLOBE Institute, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 20693350.

Start:                  1 November 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter

Duration:          3 years (36 months) as a PhD student

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision 
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay with another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination of knowledge related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a Master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. impactites, dating of impact structures or isotope geochemistry.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in impactites
  • Language skills

Place of employment

The place of employment is at GLOBE Institute, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The Institute’s main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural and medical sciences and the humanities. The Globe Institute’s underlying philosophy is that resolution to complex problems stems from integration of multiple scientific approaches and interaction of diverse mindsets. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins at around 27,590 DKK /approx. 3,700 EUR (April 2020-level) plus pension.


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:

Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do
  4. Publication list (if available/applicable)

Application deadline: 1 August 2020, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in week 35.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7850 students, 1700 PhD students and 4800 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Nicolaj Krog Larsen


Application deadline: 01-08-2020
Employment start: 01-11-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: GLOBE Institute

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