Ph.D. position in Macroecology of the Anthropocene

CMEC and its research mission statement:Life on Earth – addressing the big questions 

CMEC ( a long-term funded center of excellence with a cross-disciplinary researchprogram 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 andthe working language is English. The center juxtaposes faculty staff scientistsfrom the fields of macroecology, historical biogeography, oceanography,evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, climate change research,conservation biology and environmental economics. 


CMECcombines natural history knowledge, rigorous field work in all corners of theworld and an assemblage of huge biological data sets built from primary sourceswith the use of cutting-edge DNA techniques, novel macroecological and nullmodels, powerful bioinformatics tools and statistics to enable a truly holisticapproach for addressing fundamental questions about life on Earth. The aim ofCMEC is to elucidate biology’s “laws of nature” by understanding the four mainprocesses influencing life: the origin and birth of species (speciation), thedispersal of species (movement), the persistence of species throughinteractions with other species (maintenance) and the disappearance of species(extinction). Using and combining knowledge of individual process in ahypothesis-driven spatio-temporal framework, we focuson the grand challenge of answering one of the most important questions facingscience today: What are the fundamentalevolutionary and ecological principles and processes that generate and maintainthe complex patterns of the distribution of life on Earth?  


Weoffer a PhD IN MACROECOLOGY OF THE ANTHROPOCENE to work on biodiversity responses to land use change scenarios from local tocontinental scales. We are particularly interested in 1) testing the use ofDigital Era products (very high-resolution LiDAR, Google ground imagery) toquantify biodiversity along land use gradients, and 2) developing simulationsof biodiversity responses under scenarios of future land use change forconservation planning. Denmark will be used as a case study for developingnovel imagery-based measures and test them with local field data hosted at CMECand/or collected by the PhD student. Projections across Europe under globalchange scenarios will allow assessing the impacts of different land useplanning recommendations for preserving biodiversity. The project is tightlylinked to a larger study that tests hypotheses about the synergistic effects ofland use and climate change on biodiversity, and explores new approaches forquantifying land use change. 


We are looking for a highly motivated,creative, and independent student with excellent analytical and programmingskills. Depending on the research interests and background of the student, theproject can have more emphasis on the development of new informatics tools(e.g. using image recognition and deep learning techniques), tested onecological questions. Alternatively, the emphasis can be on the ecological, field,and conservation aspects of the project, for which the candidate will preferablyhave a solid background in natural history and field experience. 


Thisposition is open as a 3-year position for an MSc candidate, or a 4-5 yearposition for an exceptional BSc candidate through the integrated PhD programme( 


Maincontact person for more information and questions:Assistant Professor Naia Morueta-Holme, co-supervisor, e-mail:;phone +45 35 32 35 29. Principal supervisor: Carsten Rahbek


Further information on the position  

Applicants are expected to engage in ongoing research projects using thecenter’s data/resources and to contribute to further development of newprojects. We expect the successful candidate to be interested in conductingcollaborative projects within the center with other center scientists.  



Applicants should hold an MSc degreein Science with good results and good English skills. As criteria for theassessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications(if any) and relevant work experience. 

Applicantsshould have documented strong analytical and data handling skills and theability to communicate within a cross-disciplinary research center. Strongnatural history knowledge and experience with fieldwork would be viewedfavorably for the position.  


Formal job description 

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhDstudent 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 AcademicStaff.  


Terms ofappointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry ofFinance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academicsin the State.  


The startingsalary is currently at a minimum DKK 312.879 including annual supplement (+pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 

Informationabout working conditions and taxes is available at: and 


Integrated MSc and PhDScheme  

The position isalso available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at oneof the faculty’s master programmes in Science. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you havepassed on your MSc programme. Forfurther information about the study programme please see:, “StudyStructures”. 


Scholarship and terms of employment for integrated MScand PhD 

PhDgrant portions (Ph.D.‐SU klip) 

In the period up to the completion of theMSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grantportions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by theDanish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for theordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are calledPhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and describedin the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme inDenmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen),and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of anordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portionsduring the period of their MSc and PhD studies. 

48 PhD grant portions at DKK 5,839 each,corresponding to DKK 280,272. 



As a supplement to the PhD grant portions,the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the DanishConfederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered ‘duty work’. In theperiod up to the completion of the MSc programme, studentsperforming ‘duty work’ are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer studentson integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of ‘duty work’ per year during PartA of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). ‘Duty work’ during Part A if it has a duration of threeyears: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), correspondingto DKK 102,586.50. 

For further information about Part Aplease see:   


Salaryin accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation ofProfessional Associations (AC) 

Inthe period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student isemployed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collectiveagreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Thescheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time whenthere 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 thecollective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations(AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well aspension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK28,955.15 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding toDKK 694,923.

The application, inEnglish, must be submitted electronically byclicking APPLY NOW below. Please note that the materials to be considered inthe assessment must be attached to the application form, which you will findunder APPLY NOW. Applications received by e-mail or any other way other thanthe 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 brieflydescribe 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). Thisis used for evaluating the applicants only. 

• Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail address and telephone number) withdocumentation of education and complete publication list. 

• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc andMSc) if any. 

• Full contact details (name, address, telephone and email) of threeprofessional references. 

The University wishes our staff to reflectthe diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualifiedcandidates regardless of personal background.  


The deadline for applications is 02.08.2018,23:59 GMT +2. Applications or supplementary materialreceived after this date will not be considered. 


After the expiry of the deadline forapplications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants forassessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selectedapplications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of thecommittee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by theHead of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committeeand the interview committee.  

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of theapplicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then berequested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school ofScience. You can read more about the recruitmentprocess at 


Inquiries concerning theposition can be made to Assistant Professor NaiaMorueta-Holme, co-supervisor, e-mail:; phone+45 35 32 35 29 or general questions to the Center Director of CMEC, ProfessorCarsten Rahbek, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Universitetsparken15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. Phone: +45 35 32 10 30; 


Generalinformation about PhD programmes at SCIENCE isavailable at

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Deadline: 2 August 2018
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Statens Naturhistoriske Museum
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Post expires on Thursday August 2nd, 2018