2 November 2011

Fellowships at DARK

Located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, the Dark Cosmology Centre (DARK)'s areas of interest include: high-redshift galaxy evolution, quasars, supernovae, reionization, gamma-ray bursts, dark matter, dark energy, cosmic dust, clusters of galaxies and gravitational lensing.  

Brahe Fellow Positions

Brahe Fellow 1 - joint prize Fellowship at DARK and with Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu, the new Director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching, Germany.

Brahe Fellow 2 - joint prize Fellowship at DARK and with Dr. Steven Allen, at KIPAC (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrohysics and Cosmology), Stanford University, California.

The Sophie and Tycho Brahe Fellows pursue an independent research program. The Brahe Fellow is expected to work for two years at DARK in Copenhagen and one to two years at the other sponsoring institution. Other arrangements for the appointment will also be considered.

The Brahe Fellows have access to the resources of both institutions and will be provided with travel support for extensive visits between them.  More about the Sophie and Tycho Brahe programme here >>

DARK Fellow positions 

Up to 4 DARK Fellow positions - DARK Fellows will pursue their own independent research programs in one of the areas related to DARK’s research themes.

Appointments are for 2 years from the fall of 2012 (negotiable), with the possibility of extension for a further year. One of the Fellows will work with Dr. Johan Fynbo on a project related to imaging and spectroscopy of damped Lyman-alpha absorbers and gamma-ray burst afterglows as part of a significant grant project funded by the European Research Commission's FP7 IDEAS program.

Terms of employment

The employment is scheduled to start in the fall of 2012, or upon agreement with the chosen candidates. The positions are for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).  In addition to the basic salary a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary).  The basic salary is approximately 31,000-33,000 DKK/month (4,100-4,400 €/month). An additional supplement can be negotiated, depending on experience and qualifications.

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.


Applications consist of:

  • Current CV,
  • List of publications, and
  • Brief (3 page) statement that describes research interests, future plans and relevant technical experience.

Mark clearly in your application for which position(s) you would like to be considered (i.e., Brahe Fellow 1, Brahe Fellow 2, DARK Fellow, all).

To apply, follow the link to on-line application portal here:

Applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to
by the deadline.

The deadline for applying is 1 December, 23.59 Central European Time. 

Link to ad in the American Astronomical Society (AAS) job site here>>