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PhD fellowship in Ancient DNA and Palaeoecology of Arctic Marine Mammals - Copenhagen, Denmark

PhD fellowship in Ancient DNA and Palaeoecology of Arctic Marine Mammals - Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark
The position is at the Globe Institute, which is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The place of employment is at the Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Globe Institute, Øster Farimagsgade 5A, 1014 Copenhagen K, Denmark.

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.
The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years.
The starting date is 15th of August 2024 or after agreement.
The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.
The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at 28,448 DKK/approximately 3,825 EUR (October 2022 level) plus pension.

Principal supervisor is Professor Eline Lorenzen, Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen,
Start: 15 August 2024
Duration: 3 years as a PhD fellow

The Globe Institute is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Institute’s main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural and medical sciences and the humanities. Information on the institute can be found at: The Globe Institute is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment where employees and students can belong and thrive. Check this part of their website for more information.
The PhD project, as part of the Carlsberg Foundation funded project INTERACT, will examine the Holocene history of Arctic marine mammals, by investigating fossil specimens of several species (incl. beluga, bowhead, polar bear) with ancient DNA and stable isotope analysis. Specifically, your research would focus on investigating patterns of demographic change and shifts in foraging ecology. The fossil data will be understood in the context of the genomic diversity and structuring of contemporary populations. The project includes working in a clean lab environment for ancient DNA data generation, and bioinformatic processing and analysis of the data. The PhD student is expected to first-author papers in international peer-reviewed journals. The PhD student will work closely with collaborators in Canada and Greenland during the project, and with the other members of the Molecular Ecology and Global Climate Change group.
The key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Globe Institute are:

- Carrying through an independent research project under supervision
- Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
- Participating in active research environments including conducting a stay at another research institution
- Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
- Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants:

Candidates must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. ancient DNA, palaeoecology, evolutionary ecology, population genomics, or a related field. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two year duration).

The Globe Institute is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

- Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
- Documented experience working in a molecular biology lab; experience working in a clean lab environment is a plus
- Strong bioinformatic skills
- Experience with quantitative analysis of data
- A curious mind-set with a strong interest in combining molecular lab work in the natural and cultural history of the Arctic
- Proficient communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work in teams, and an openness to other cultures
- Excellent English skills, written and spoken
The application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ on this webpage:

The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
3. Copy of MSc thesis
4. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in a language other than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. The Institute encourages you to read more in the assessment database: Please note that they might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science
5. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline: 13 May 2024, 23.59pm CET.

The Institute reserves the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

All qualified applicants will receive full consideration. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, contribute to diversity and competencies of the Institute are encouraged to apply. The University of Copenhagen strives to offer a family friendly and flexible working environment with a sustainable balance between work- and private life, including parental leave schemes (up to 47 weeks for both parents) and up to six weeks of paid holidays per year. The university offers a variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families. See the International Staff Mobility website for more details.
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For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor: Professor Eline Lorenzen

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You find information about the recruitment process at:

The applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
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