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13. juli 2018

PhD fellow in Astrophysics

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in astrophysics commencing 01.10.2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
The candidate will join the group of Lars Kristensen in the Section of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences at the Niels Bohr Institute. The group focuses on understanding the chemistry and physics of star-forming regions, specifically by observing such regions at millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelengths with telescopes such as the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA), and the SubMillimeter Array (SMA). These observations are coupled with radiative-transfer models to further understand and constrain the chemistry taking place in these regions.  
As part of the large program ”Protostellar Interferometric Line Survey of the Cygnus X star-forming region” (PILS-Cygnus), the successsful candidate will work on obtaining inventories of complex organic molecules toward ten protostars in the Cygnus X region. The candidate will quantify the role the external environment plays in setting the chemistry. Experience with radiative-transfer modeling and/or analysis of far-infrared/sub-mm data will be an advantage.  
Principal supervisor is Lars E. Kristensen, the Niels Bohr Institute,, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 32 99. 
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 institute 
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in physics, astronomy or related field 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 321,054.6 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 52,174.92). 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 
  • CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1 professional referee 
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 26.07.2018, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
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 Lars E. Kristensen, the Niels Bohr Institute,, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 32 99. 
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at
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