Thursday, May 19, 2016

University of Copenhagen PhD scholarship in Extragalactic Astrophysics

PhD fellow in Extragalactic Astrophysics

The Dark Cosmology Center/Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in extragalactic astrophysics commencing 20 September 2016
or soon thereafter.
Description of the scientific environment
Located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DARK's areas of research include, but are not limited to: theoretical and observational study of high-redshift galaxy evolution, quasars, black holes, supernovae, reionization, gamma-ray bursts, dark matter, dark energy, cosmic dust, clusters of galaxies and gravitational lensing. You can read more about DARK here:
Project description

We are looking for a talented, highly motivated and creative scientist who is interested in observational astrophysics. The primary project will focus on galaxy evolution and in particular on the study of the physical properties of star forming galaxies across cosmic time.
Recent observations have revealed that the stellar birth-rate in our cosmos peaked approximately ten billion years ago and have identified distant, massive galaxies as the principle hosts of star-formation activity. Was the star-formation in these galaxies mainly driven by smooth cold gas accretion, similar to what we see in the majority of local star-forming galaxies, or rather by short lived starburst events triggered by galaxy mergers? Is there a universal star-formation law that governs the efficiency at which galaxies form stars? What are the physical processes that shaped the evolution of the star formation activity in the galaxies over the last 10 billion years?
To address these vital questions the PhD student will measure the amount of dust, gas and stars as well as the physical condition of the interstellar medium of galaxies across various epochs in the history of the Universe. The project involves data analysis (and interpretation) obtained by the most powerful ground based and space telescopes to date (ALMA, Herschel, VLT, Hubble, IRAM).

Principal supervisor Assistant Professor Georgios Magdis, Dark Cosmology Center, Niels Bohr Institute,, +4535335304
The PhD student will have the opportunity to interact with other senior members and postdocs at DARK, and collaborate with various international groups and institutes (e.g. Univ. of Oxford, Harvard University-CfA. European Space Agency-ESA, Commissariat a l\energie atomique (CEA-FR) etc). For more about DARK’s staff, see
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 department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Astrophysics (or Physics) with high marks and excellent 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 309,109 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,699). 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, 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)
• 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 1-3 professional referees

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 23 May 2016, 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

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