DARK Fellowship at the Niels Bohr Institute

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 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

The fellowship is open from 1 September 2022 (or on a date to be agreed upon). DARK Fellowships are typically for a period of 3 years. 
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 35,500 (5300 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.

There are other astronomy research centers 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. 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. Information on employment conditions is available at:



Applications are submitted electronically via the University of Copenhagen's central employment pages and are intended to be brief. Please upload:

Current CV including an ORCID identifier (maximum 2 pages PDF)
Brief cover letter stating research interests and plans as well as reflections on your vision for fostering collaborative science at DARK (maximum 2 pages PDF)

Candidates are required to have a PhD degree by the start of the appointment, but a PhD degree is not required at the time of application.

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


Timeline & process

The application deadline is 16 January, 2022.
Interviews will be conducted in February 2022.
Offers will be made in March 2022.

Selection of the successful candidates will be based on demonstrated originality, independent thinking, skills, impact, and contributions to a diverse working environment.

Questions about DARK or the application should be directed to Professor Jens Hjorth ( or secretary, Michelle K. Westergaard (