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DARK Fellowships are postdoc positions for scientists intending to carry out independent research within the areas of interest to DARK. Located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DARK’s areas of research include, but are not limited to: observations, simulations and theory of astrophysical transients and cosmic explosions (including gravitational waves, tidal disruption events and supernovae), neutrino astrophysics, high-redshift galaxies, fundamental cosmology, dark matter and dark energy, black holes and AGN, and cosmic dust. DARK Fellows are invited to work with faculty and junior professors at DARK. They are also encouraged to interact with scientists at other research centres in the Copenhagen area, including the Niels Bohr International Academy, the Center for Cosmic Dawn, the Center for Star and Planet Formation, DTU Space, and Lund Observatory.


Areas of specific interest for this round of applications are time-domain astrophysics, cosmology, lensing, and high-redshift galaxies in connection with the Young Supernova Experiment (yse.ucsc.edu) and the Legacy Survey of Space of Time to be conducted with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. However, we stress that we give full consideration to applications within all areas of interest to DARK.

DARK is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to background, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or age.  DARK strives to facilitate the progress of underrepresented groups in higher education careers and strongly encourages these candidates to apply.

Terms of salary, work, and employment   

DARK Fellowships are open from 1 September 2021 (or on a date to be agreed upon). DARK Fellowships are typically for a period of 3 years with the possibility of extension.

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at DKK 34,600 (5200 USD) per month; a supplement can be negotiated depending on qualifications and family situation. In addition to the basic salary a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary). Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years. 

Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life. More on employment conditions: http://ism.ku.dk

Applications are submitted electronically via the University of Copenhagen’s central employment pages.  


Applications consist of  

Current CV (maximum 2 pages PDF) including an ORCID identifier   

Brief cover letter (maximum 2 pages PDF) stating research interests and plans

Note: Please do not arrange for letters of reference to be uploaded or sent by the deadline

Timeline & process 

Deadline of application is January 15, 2020.

Interviews will be conducted in February 2020.
Offers will be made in February 2020.

Selection of the successful candidates will be based on demonstrated originality, outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievement.

Questions about DARK or the application should be directed to Professor Jens Hjorth, jens@nbi.ku.dk or secretary, Michelle K. Westergaard, michelle.westergaard@nbi.ku.dk.

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