PhD fellow in Submillimeter Astronomy


The Niels Bohr Institute at the Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in submillimeter astronomy commencing July 1st 2021. The successful candidate will join an active research group led by Jes Jørgensen dedicated to studies of the earliest stages of star and planet formation.

We are looking for an enthusiastic student interested in observational studies of the processes related to the formation of stars and planets. The project will focus on understanding the link between the structures of the earliest stages of protoplanetary disks observed with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the physical and chemical evolution of the protostars and their ambient environments. The student will work on data from an allocated large program at ALMA and related follow-up studies.

Principal supervisor isassociate professor Jes Kristian Jørgensen from the Niels Bohr Institute (; phone +45 3532 4186).

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 abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in physics/astronomy 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.

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 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor associate professor Jes Kristian JørgensenNiels Bohr Institute, jeskj@nbi.ku.dkDirect Phone: +45 3532 4186.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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