Københavns Universitet

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PhD fellowship in Island biogeography of mutualistic networks in the Anthropocene at GLOBE Institute at Københavns Universitet

Our group and research

The successful candidate will be part of the Dalsgaard Group within the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the GLOBE Institute. CMEC is a center of excellence with a cross-disciplinary research program. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth. The 40+ researchers at CMEC currently represent 14 different nationalities and the working language is English. The center juxtaposes faculty staff scientists from the fields of macroecology, historical biogeography, oceanography, evolutionary biology, community ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics.

Project description

This project is novel in integrating island biogeography theory and theories on how climate and anthropogenic pressures influence mutualistic plant-pollinator and seed-disperser interactions. The project combines field work data collected in the Caribbean with network analysis and biogeographical modelling. The PhD student will work closely together with a postdoc to jointly lead data collection across numerous islands in the Caribbean. The PhD student should be prepared to collect data for approximately 4-5 months in both 2020 and 2021, and s/he is expected to first-author several papers in international peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the PhD-student, we will hire a postdoc and a cohort of MSc students will participate in the project. All project partners will gather once a year to run workshops with the aim of publishing review and synthesis papers. The project is funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student are

  • Carry out 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 at University of Exeter (UK) with possibility to also stay at University of Miami (USA)
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and supervise students
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of the project, including publishing manuscripts in scientific journals

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a Masters degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. ecology or related field

Other desirable criteria are

  • Publications
  • Field work experience, preferably focused on plant-pollinator or plant-frugivore interactions and natural history
  • Interest in conducting field work, including working remotely and in challenging field conditions
  • Experience with scientific data analysis, using programming languages such as R
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in combining field work data with modelling
  • Good interpersonal skills are essential and openness to different cultures and a flexible mind set
  • A strong command of written and spoken English and preferably Spanish and/or French knowledge
  • A valid driving licence


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 possible)

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 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.

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