Call for applications for PhD course in Benthic Research at Sea

Ph.D. course on sedimentary biology, geochemistry and geology

2014.01.15 | Maj Thimm Carlsen

Porewater is extracted from the sediment core using Rhizon samples inserted at discrete depth intervals.

Period:  April 23 – May 5 2014

Course fee: DKK 1,000

Credits: 5 ECTS

Deadline for Applications 1 February 2014


A consortium of Danish researchers and the Danish Center for Marine Research offers a practical PhD course on sedimentary biology, geochemistry and geology on board the RV DANA. The area of operation is the deep western Atlantic with transit from Ponta Delgada on the Azores to Hirtshals.

The course is aimed at Ph.D. students and post docs from Danish universities with little or no seagoing experience. Applications from Master students will be considered should there be available seats. We will provide an interdisciplinary introduction to research on marine sediments through lectures and shipboard research projects. The projects will demonstrate how ship-based research is performed, coordinated and organized, and thus prepare students for future research cruises. The topics cover benthic research broadly from collection and interpretation of seismic data, via sedimentology and geomicrobiology to benthos zoology.

Students must cover their own expenses for transport to Sao Miguel and for accommodation in Sao Miguel before boarding (two nights). Transport from Hirtshals to Aarhus will be arranged and covered by the course.

Food and accommodation on board is free.

The course is offered through the Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST) at Aarhus University and is awarded 5 ECTS.

Applications must be sent electronically to The application must be in a single PDF file. The application should include a letter stating the motivation to apply (maximum one page), description of the PhD project (maximum one page) and a short curriculum vitae.

The application deadline is February 1st. 2014. Decision and notification will happen within one week after the application deadline.

For more information please visit

Questions regarding the application procedure should be addressed to

Center for Geomicrobiology, Course