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Applications are invited for a full-funded PhD scholarship within the subject area
“Hydrological Modeling of Nitrate Transport and Reduction at Catchment Scale”
The scholarship is linked to a research center on ?Nitrate reduction in geologically heterogeneous catchments (NICA)” funded by the Program Commission on Sustainable Energy and Environment under the Danish Council for Strategic Research.
The PhD study must start January 1, 2011.
Research outline:
Nitrate leaching from agricultural areas is one of the major water resources management problems in Denmark. Today it is impossible to differentiate between vulnerable areas from where nitrate leaching reaches the surface water with very little reduction and robust areas where almost all leached nitrate is reduced. This is a serious constraint for designing cost-effective water management measures.
NICA will develop tools for assessing nitrate reduction in the subsurface between the root zone and the streams and methodologies for assessing at which spatial scales such tools have predictive capabilities. State-of-the-art and novel hydrological models (DAISY, MIKE SHE/MIKE11, HydroGeoSphere, RWHET) will be applied and the effect of geological heterogeneity will be analysed by use of stochastic geological realisations using TPROGS. A new concept, Representative Elementary Scale (RES), will be developed for assessing the minimum scale at which models, with a given data input, potentially have predictive capabilities. The studies will be conducted in two 10 km2, well instrumented catchments and tested in a 101 km2 catchment, where farmers will be actively involved in evaluating possible measures for reducing the nitrate load to surface water in a cost-effective manner.
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in a discipline of relevance for the research project. The successful candidate should have strong skills in hydrology and hydrological modeling.
Applicants are requested to fill out Part 1 of the application form “Application for scholarship and admission”, which can be downloaded from and attach the necessary documentation.
The scholarships are open to both Danish and international applicants.
The applications will be evaluated by an evaluation committee and selected applicants will be invited for interviews. The scholarship will be awarded according to the applicant´s background and qualifications for the PhD project.
The successful candidate will be employed at the Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, and is requested to apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School of Science, University of Copenhagen. More information on the PhD studies at the Faculty of Science can be found at
Further information can be obtained from the principal supervisor Professor Karsten Høgh Jensen, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Tel. +45 3532 2484, email or from the co-supervisor Professor Jens Christian Refsgaard, GEUS, Tel. +45 3814 2776, email
Applications must be submitted as one single pdf file to Please write “Hydrology” in the subject area when submitting the application.
Applications with insufficient documentation or applications that do not comply with the above requirements will not be considered.
The deadline for receipt of applications is November 19, 2010 at noon.
Deadline: 19-11-2010
Publisher: Faculty of Science