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PhD fellow in Island Macroecology at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate

The Natural History Museum of Denmark and Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a a PhD scholarships commencing 1 December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
CMEC and its research mission statement: Life on Earth – addressing the big questions  
CMEC ( is a long-term funded center of excellence with a cross-disciplinary research program addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth. The 40+ researchers at the center currently represent 14 different nationalities and the working language is English. The center juxtaposes faculty staff scientists from the fields of macroecology, historical biogeography, oceanography, evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics.  
CMEC combines natural history knowledge, rigorous field work in all corners of the world and an assemblage of huge biological data sets built from primary sources with the use of cutting-edge DNA techniques, novel macroecological and null models, powerful bioinformatics tools and statistics to enable a truly holistic approach for addressing fundamental questions about life on Earth. The aim of CMEC is to elucidate biology’s “laws of nature” by understanding the four main processes influencing life: the origin and birth of species (speciation), the dispersal of species (movement), the persistence of species through interactions with other species (maintenance) and the disappearance of species (extinction). Using and combining knowledge of individual process in a hypothesis-driven spatio-temporal framework, we focus on the grand challenge of answering one of the most important questions facing science today: What are the fundamental evolutionary and ecological principles and processes that generate and maintain the complex patterns of the distribution of life on Earth?  
We offer a PhD scholaship IN ISLAND MACROECOLOGY to work on the fundamental questions of how species colonize, evolve and go extinct in oceanic islands. We are particularly interested in how the geological dynamics of islands and archipelagos interact with environmental energy levels to shape island life. The project will likely integrate simulation modelling, data analysis and possibly collection of basic field data. We seek a macroecologist or biogeographer with strong analytical and modelling skills, and solid natural history knowledge. This position is open as a 3-year position for an MSc candidate, or a 4-5 year position for an exceptional BSc candidate through the integrated PhD programme (  
Main contact person for more information and questions: Assistant Professor Michael Krabbe Borregaard, co-supervisor, e-mail:, phone +45 35 32 11 68. Principal supervisor: Carsten Rahbek  
Further information on the position  
Applicants are expected to engage in ongoing research projects using the center’s data/resources and to contribute to further development of new projects. We expect the successful candidate to be interested in conducting collaborative projects within the center with other center scientists.  
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Science with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.  
Applicants should have documented strong analytical and data handling skills and the ability to communicate within a cross-disciplinary research center. Strong natural history knowledge and experience with fieldwork would be viewed favorably for the position.  
Formal 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  
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 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  
Information about working conditions and taxes is available at: and  
Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme  
The position is also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Science. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme please see:, “Study Structures”.  
Scholarship and terms of employment for integrated MSc and PhD  
PhD grant portions (Ph.D.‐SU klip)  
In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies.  
48 PhD grant portions at DKK 5,839 each, corresponding to DKK 280,272.  
'Duty work'  
As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered 'duty work'. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing 'duty work' are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of 'duty work' per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). 'Duty work' during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 102,586.50. For further information about Part A please see:  
Salary in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC)  
In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 28,955.15 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 694,923.  
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY . Please note that the materials to be considered in the assessment must be attached to the application form, which you will find under APPLY. Applications received by e-mail or any other way other than the official electronic system of the University will not be considered.  
Please include in the following order:  
  • Application letter (max 1 page);  
  • Motivation for applying (max 0.5 page);  
  • Description of previous research experience (max 0.5 page).  
  • A list of your most significant publication(s) (up to three) and briefly describe in 2-3 sentences what is interesting in the paper(s) (max 0.5 page).  
  • A brief outline of an idea for research within the topic area (1 page). This is used for evaluating the applicants only.  
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail address and telephone number) with documentation of education and complete publication list.  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) if any.  
  • Full contact details (name, address, telephone and email) of three professional references.  
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 22 October 2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications or supplementary material received after this date 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  
Inquiries concerning the position can be made to Assistant Professor Michael Krabbe Borregaard, co-supervisor, e-mail:; phone +45 35 32 11 68 or general questions to the Center Director of CMEC, Professor Carsten Rahbek, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. Phone: +45 35 32 10 30; E-mail:
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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Ansøgningsfrist: 22-10-2017
Ansættelsesdato: 01-12-2017
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: The Natural History Museum of Denmark

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