The Cosmic DAWN Center, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen invites applications for PhD Fellow positions starting in September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. 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 holding a MSc.

DAWN is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), and is located at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and within The National Space Institute (DTU Space). The center brings together experts in all aspects of early Universe galaxy evolution, is deeply involved in major existing and upcoming surveys with HST, ALMA, Euclid and JWST, as well as cosmological and zoom in simulations. 

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. Students may be expected to spend several months outside of Denmark, which could be at one of our affiliated institutes or another major research institute.  Our most recent PhD students have used this time at Cornell, Hawaii, and Oxford Universities.

For more information regarding the PhD position, please contact Sune Toft sune@nbi.ku.dk, Gabriel Brammer gabriel.brammer@nbi.ku.dk or Pascal Oesch pascal.oesch@unige.ch. General information about the Cosmic Dawn Center, our activities and researchers is available at http://dawn.nbi.ku.dk.

Within this 3-year period, 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

Terms of salary, work, and employment
The employment is scheduled to start in the fall of 2021 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

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 for the 3-year PhD is currently at a minimum DKK 331.125 (approx. EUR 43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

How to apply 
Applications must be submitted electronically; via the University of Copenhagen’s central employment, pages by clicking on the gray “Apply now” button below.

Please include:

  • A cover letter
  • A statement describing your research interests and background as they relate to the Cosmic Dawn Center
  • CV (including any publications)
  • Diploma and transcripts of record (BSc/AB and MSc, if applicable)

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

The research statement should not exceed 3 pages (text, figures and references included) with a font size no smaller than 11pt Times New Roman (or equivalent).

At the application stage, candidates are applying for entry into the program. Based on the application material, a short list of candidates will be invited for interviews. 

Part of the purpose of these interviews will be to explore good matches between the candidates’ skills, scientific interests, and available projects and supervisors.
The projects are not yet fixed, but will be within the research themes of the Cosmic Dawn Center.

Hence, in the box called “Project title” please put e.g. “Cosmic Dawn Science”.

Similarly, in the box called “(Suggested) PhD advisor” please put “Sune Toft”.

Selection of the successful candidates will be based on outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievement. We encourage applications from all of the qualifying candidates irrespective of nationality, gender, or background.. 

Contact the DAWN Center Director, Sune Toft, sune@nbi.ku.dk. General information about the Cosmic Dawn Center, our activities and researchers is available at http://dawn.nbi.ku.dk.


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