DARK Fellows 2018 – University of Copenhagen

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18 October 2017

DARK Fellows 2018

DARK Fellows are invited to work with DARK faculty (professors Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Irene Tamborra, Jens Hjorth, Lise Christensen, Marianne Vestergaard, and Steen H. Hansen) and assistant professors at the centre.

DARK Fellowships are independent postdoctoral positions or non-tenure track assistant professorships

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, dark matter and dark energy, black holes and AGN, and cosmic dust.

Areas of specific interest for this round of applications are theory and observations of transients, supernova dust, neutrino astrophysics and the fundamentals of dark matter structures. However, we stress that we accept applications within all areas of interest to DARK. Fellows are encouraged to interact with scientists at other research centres in the Copenhagen area, including the Niels Bohr International Academy, the new Center for Cosmic Dawn, the Center for Star and Planet Formation, and DTU Space.

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 race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age.

Terms of salary, work, and employment

The positions are 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 accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
  • The basic salary is between DKK 33,000 and DKK 35,000 (4400/4700 €/month); a supplement can be negotiated depending on qualifications. 
  • In addition to the basic salary a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary).

Most non-Danish citizens are eligible for a favorable tax scheme. 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.

Important information for your application:

  • Make sure you state which position you apply for: postdoc or assistant professor, or both. This must be indicated in your cover letter.

Applications consist of:

  • Current CV
  • List of publications
  • Brief 2 pages statement that describes research interests and future plans (research plan)
  • PhD diploma (or master's diploma, if PhD degree is expected after deadline)

For assistant professor positions:

  • Make sure to upload a teaching statement

Process and selection

Assessment of applications will begin on 15 December 2017. Applications received by 31 December 2017 will receive full consideration.


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

Questions about the Centre or application should be directed to Centre Director,
Professor Jens Hjorth, jens@dark-cosmology.dk or Centre Coordinator, Corinne Toulouse-Aastrup Corinne@nbi.ku.dk.

Applications are submitted electronically via the University of Copenhagen's central employment pages, apply below.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.