PhD Fellowship in Astronomy
University of Copenhagen Niels Bohr Institute

PhD Fellowships at the Cosmic DAWN Center, Niels Bohr Institute

The Cosmic DAWN Center, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen invites applications for PhD Fellow positions starting in September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. Fellowships are intended for outstanding candidates with a background in astronomy, physics, or related technical disciplines who are interested in doing research within DAWN’s research themes: high-redshift galaxy evolution, epoch of re-ionization, first stars and galaxies, dust and ISM in the early universe and dark matter.  Positions are available for three years for candidates holding a MSc.

DAWN is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), and is located at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and within The National Space Institute (DTU Space). The center brings together experts in all aspects of early Universe galaxy evolution, is deeply involved in major existing and upcoming surveys with HST, ALMA, Euclid and JWST, as well as cosmological and zoom in simulations. 

In addition, the center has a number of associate members at major research institutes across Europe, North America, and Australia.  PhD students will have both an advisor in Copenhagen and an external advisor at one of our affiliated research institutes or another major research institute. Students may be expected to spend several months outside of Denmark, which could be at one of our affiliated institutes or another major research institute.  Our most recent PhD students have used this time at Cornell, Hawaii, and Oxford Universities.

For more information regarding the PhD position, please contact Sune Toft, Gabriel Brammer or Pascal Oesch General information about the Cosmic Dawn Center, our activities and researchers is available at

Within this 3-year period, 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

Terms of salary, work, and employment

The employment is scheduled to start in the fall of 2021 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

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 for the 3-year PhD is currently at a minimum DKK 331.125 (approx. EUR 43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

How to apply 

Applications must be submitted electronically; via the University of Copenhagen's central employment, pages by clicking on the apply link in the red box.

Please include:

  • A cover letter (optional)
  • A statement describing your research interests and background as they relate to the Cosmic Dawn Center
  • CV (including any publications)
  • Diploma and transcripts of record (BSc/AB and MSc, if applicable)

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

The research statement should not exceed 3 pages (text, figures and references included) with a font size no smaller than 11pt Times New Roman (or equivalent).

Selection of the successful candidates will be based on outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievement. We encourage applications from the best candidates irrespective of nationality, gender, or background


Contact the DAWN Center Director, Sune Toft, General information about the Cosmic Dawn Center, our activities and researchers is available at


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.


Application deadline: 15-01-2021
Employment start: 01-09-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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