PhD fellow at the Cosmic Dawn Center, Niels Bohr Institute at Niels Bohr Institutet - Københavns Universitet

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15. oktober 2019

PhD fellow at the Cosmic Dawn Center, Niels Bohr Institute

The Cosmic DAWN Center, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen invites applications for PhD Fellow positions starting in September 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment project

DAWN is a center of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation, and is located at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen and at the Space division of the Danish Technical University (DTU-Space). The center brings together experts in all aspects of early Universe galaxy evolution and is deeply involved in major existing and upcoming surveys with HST, ALMA, Euclid and JWST, as well as cosmological and zoom in simulations. This call covers PhD positions based at NBI, with a parallel call anticipated for positions at DTU on a similar timeline. Applicants with interest both in positions with advisors at NBI and at DTU are encouraged to apply for both calls simultaneously.
For more information on the Center's activities and researchers, please see

Project description

Fellowships are intended for outstanding candidates with a background in astronomy, physics, or related technical disciplines who are interested in doing research within DAWN’s research themes: high-redshift galaxy evolution, epoch of re-ionization, first stars and galaxies, dust and ISM in the early universe and dark matter. Positions are available for three years for candidates already holding a MSc, or for five years for very strong candidates who would then obtain both a MSc and PhD during their studies at DAWN.
In addition the center has a number of associate members at major research institutes across Europe, North America, and Australia. PhD students will have both an advisor in Copenhagen and an external advisor at one of our affiliated research institutes or another major research institute.

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 outside of Denmark.
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Physics 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. Applicants for the integrated MSc and PhD Scheme are only required to hold a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Physics.

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 52,918). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
Application deadline is 15 December 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.

About the Institute

 The Niels Bohr Institute is part of the faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, and the institute has 5 different addresses in Copenhagen.

B15-21 Blegdamsvej: The original institute for physics has 4 teams of scientists besides the management, the administration and technical support. Particle physics, quantum physics, eScience, biophysics and theoretical cosmology.

Vibenshuset, Lyngbyvej 2: Researchers in Astrophysics from the DARK and DAWN groups and the Condensed Matter Physics group.
Tagensvej 16: Here you will find the Physics of Ice Climate and Earth section.
The H. C. Ørsteds Institute at Universitetsparken 5: At this address you will find the nanophysics group and the Center for Quantum Devices.
Geological Museum, Øster Voldgade 5 - 7: At this address you will find the Astrophysics & Planetary Science group.
In spite of these different addresses there is a good contact, and there are many common events.
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The scientific employees conduct research, and they also educate the students in astronomy, geophysics, nanoscience and basic physics. Moreover, the institute has a presentation of the research areas and the research results.
The scientists are organised in 10 teams/sections, and in connection with these teams the Niels Bohr Institute has 10 centres. A centre receives an external grant, and so it is possible to employ people for long periods of time.
The Niels Bohr Institute has established "the Niels Bohr International Academy". This academy receives a grant of DKK 10 millions from the Danish state. The purpose of the academy is to attract leading researchers for short - or long periods of time in order to promote and enhance research. "The Niels Bohr International Academy" has i.a. the "Summer Institute" with a strong programme.
In addition, the Niels Bohr Institute has 35 engineers and technicians to assist the scientists with experiments etc. They also maintain the technical infrastructure of the institute. Furthermore, the institute has 35 employeed within the areas of administration, communication, and library.
The staff of the institute has great ambitions and creative curiosity

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