PhD fellowship in Island biogeography of mutualistic networks in the Anthropocene at GLOBE Institute

We are offering 1 PhD fellowship in island biogeography of mutualistic networks in the Anthropocene commencing 1 January 2021.

Our group and research
The successful candidate will be part of the Dalsgaard Group within the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the GLOBE Institute. CMEC is a center of excellence with a cross-disciplinary research program. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth. The 40+ researchers at CMEC 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, community ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics.

Project description
This project is novel in integrating island biogeography theory and theories on how climate and anthropogenic pressures influence mutualistic plant-pollinator and seed-disperser interactions. The project combines field work data collected in the Caribbean with network analysis and biogeographical modelling. The PhD student will work closely together with a postdoc to jointly lead data collection across numerous islands in the Caribbean. The PhD student should be prepared to collect data for approximately 4-5 months in both 2020 and 2021, and s/he is expected to first-author several papers in international peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the PhD-student, we will hire a postdoc and a cohort of MSc students will participate in the project. All project partners will gather once a year to run workshops with the aim of publishing review and synthesis papers. The project is funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Bo Dalsgaard, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, GLOBE Institute,, Direct Phone: +45 42324553. Co-supervisors and project partners are Senior Lecturer Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury and Research Fellow Benno I Simmons (University of Exeter, UK) and Professor Mauro Galetti (University of Miami, USA).

Start: 1 January 2021

Duration: 3 years as a PhD Fellow

Job descriptionYour key tasks as a PhD student are:

  • Carry out an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at University of Exeter (UK) with possibility to also stay at University of Miami (USA)
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and supervise students
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of the project, including publishing manuscripts in scientific journals

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a Masters degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. ecology or related field

Other desirable criteria are:

  • Publications
  • Field work experience, preferably focused on plant-pollinator or plant-frugivore interactions and natural history
  • Interest in conducting field work, including working remotely and in challenging field conditions
  • Experience with scientific data analysis, using programming languages such as R
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in combining field work data with modelling
  • Good interpersonal skills are essential and openness to different cultures and a flexible mind set
  • A strong command of written and spoken English and preferably Spanish and/or French knowledge
  • A valid driving licence

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the GLOBE Institute, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Information on CMEC and the GLOBE Institute can be found at: and

Terms of employment The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It 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, Denmark. 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 Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 27,594 DKK /approx. 3,700 EUR (April 2020-level) plus pension. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2019).

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact Bo Dalsgaard on

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

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. 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. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline: 13 September 2020], 23.59pm CET.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
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 can read about the recruitment process at

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

Interviews are expected to be held in week 40 [28 September – 2 October 2020].

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.


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.

Deadline: 13 September 2020
Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Campus: Globe Institute
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday September 13th, 2020