PhD positions in physics and chemistry Denmark 2015

PhD fellow in Submillimeter Astronomy: Niels Bohr Institute and Centre for Star and Planet Formation, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in submillimeter astronomy. The start date is flexible but preferably no later than January 2016.

Project description

The PhD candidate will join the research group of Jes Jørgensen at Centre for Star and Planet Formation and the Niels Bohr Institute. The group focuses on understanding the physics and chemistry of the earliest stages of star and planet formation with particular emphasis on observations of such systems using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and other telescopes operating at far-infrared and (sub)millimeter wavelengths as well as link to theory through detailed dust and line radiative transfer modeling. The successful candidate will be involved in the analysis of incoming data from a large ALMA survey focusing on the formation of complex molecules close to young stars in collaboration with other members of the group. Particular experience in long wavelength observations will be seen as a plus for the application.

Principal supervisor is Jes Jørgensen, Niels Bohr Institute and Centre for Star and Planet Formation (

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in congresses
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

 Formal requirements
The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty’s master’s programmes.
At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

 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 305,291 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,171). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

 Application Procedure

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

the application should include-

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and 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),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order.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 1 September 2015. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

Further Questions

  • General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations .
  • For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.