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PhD fellow in Geography

PhD fellow in Geography 

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management 

Faculty of Science 

University of Copenhagen 

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Sustainable sourcing of agricultural commodities, spill-over effects and global-local relations commencing 01.03.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment 

The successful candidate will be attached to the EU funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN): Operationalising telecouplings for solving sustainability challenges related to land use (COUPLED) and based in the research group ‘Environment and Society in Developing Countries’ at the Section of Geography, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. The group is interdisciplinary and works on a wide range of issues related to complexities of land use and land cover change, natural resource management, earth observation and societal processes. It is composed of eight permanent scientific staff and more than 25 PhD students and Post Docs.

In order to be eligible, each applicant must fulfil the following criteria at the time of recruitment:

  • Mobility: At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc…) in the country of the host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • Qualifications and research experience: The applicant must fulfil the requirements defined for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs): ESRs are researcher who, at the time of recruitment, has NOT yet been awarded the doctorate degree and is in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career.

Project description

Sustainability standards for agricultural commodities are – among other things – aiming to ensure sustainable, transparent and traceable sourcing practices. Efforts to comply with EU standards (or presumed upcoming standards) are currently causing a cascade of direct and indirect land use changes in distant places with trade relations to the EU – e.g. in mainland Southeast Asia. This project will take point of departure in Thailand – one of the largest suppliers of poultry to the EU. In Thailand multinational agribusiness companies are currently shifting from mainly relying on nationally produced maize to imported maize from neighbouring countries, and on wheat from primarily Europe and Argentina in response to concerns about upcoming EU regulations on sustainable sourcing of feedstock for the poultry industry. This telecoupled food system is bringing about a series of feedbacks and spill-overs – e.g. in terms of changes in land use in Thailand and the neighbouring countries, where policies on sustainable land use are not as strict as in Thailand – and potentially in wheat producing areas overseas. Therefore, sustainable sourcing efforts may lead to the strengthening or even expansion of systems that are considered unsustainable. This project will use the telecoupling framework to explore the place-based outcomes of this complex network of different types of flows that is affected by the shift in sourcing practices. The research will apply field surveys, spatial analyses and supply chain analyses to capture the local as well as distant impacts, feedbacks and spill-overs.

The research will lead to

  • Creation of knowledge on how to analyze flows that link land systems across large distances
  • Development of new approaches that integrate place-based data-sets of a multidisciplinary nature with flow based analyses
  • Development of methodologies to attribute impacts to drivers in telecoupled land use systems

Principal supervisor is Associate Prof. Thilde Bech Bruun, Section for Geography, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, thbb@ign.ku.dk , Direct Phone: +45 3533 3412. Co-supervisor is Prof. Peter Messerli, University of Bern, Switzerland

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
  • Disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department*

*Contribution to teaching is expected during the part of the project that is financed by Section of Geography.

Two secondments will take place during the PhD: at a non-academic organization (to be decided) and at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold an MA/MSc (or the equivalent degree), in Geography, Development Studies, Environmental Science or related fields with good results and good English skills. We expect a strong interest in land system science, conservation and sustainability problems. Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research is an asset. Willingness to be based in Copenhagen and travel to the Global South is mandatory and experience with field based research in Southeast Asia is an asset.

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 322,642 (approx. €43,015) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

 

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include 

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

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 04.01.2019, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Questions 

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Prof. Thilde Bech Bruun, Section for Geography, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, thbb@ign.ku.dk.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd.

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Deadline: 4 January 2019
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Geografi
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Post expires on Friday January 4th, 2019

PhD fellowship in Science Education at Department of Pharmacy

We are offering a PhD scholarship in Science Education commencing March 1, 2019, or as soon as possible hereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The PhD fellow will become part of the research project ‘Improving Quality of Laboratory Learning at University Level’ (IQ-Lab) which is a collaboration between Department of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) and Department of Science Education at the Faculty of Science (SCIENCE). The IQ-Lab project aims at providing teachers, researchers and curriculum designers with in-depth knowledge about

A. which competences students acquire from laboratory work,

    B. how they best acquire these competences, and
    C. how these competences are used and developed beyond laboratory courses.

The project is financed by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The project will provide the context and overall research questions of the PhD project. The PhD fellow will become a member of a project group consisting of one other PhD fellow and four senior researchers, who are affiliated with either Department of Pharmacy (SUND) or Department of Science Education (SCIENCE). A copy of the project description is available here: https://iqlab.sites.ku.dk/project-description/.

Please notice that there are two PhD projects in the IQ-Lab project. We encourage applicants to consider applying for both positions, if applicants would like to be considered for both. Further information about the other position announcement is available here: https://iqlab.sites.ku.dk.

The PhD fellow will be affiliated with the scientific environment at both the Department of Pharmacy and the Department of Science Education, and will be provided a workspace at both departments.

Project description

The context of the PhD project is the course Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry. The PhD project will provide a description on how learning in the laboratory environment influences student’s ways of thinking and practicing. This particular PhD project will contribute to answering the following research question:
  • Which factors influence pharmaceutical students’ acquisition of laboratory-related competences, and how can such competences be assessed? 

Qualitative methods for data collection and analysis will be a central part of the research methods applied in the project. Although  the overall research question is given, the PhD fellow will become highly included in the decision-making in the IQ-Lab project.

Principal supervisor is Professor Bente Gammelgaard, Department of Pharmacy, e-mail: bente.gammelgaard@sund.ku.dk or tel. +45 3533 6415.

Secondary supervisors are Associate Professor Frederik V. Christiansen, Department of Science Education, e-mail: fchristiansen@ind.ku.dk or tel. +45 3137 9916 and Associate Professor Jan Alexis Nielsen, Department of Science Education, e-mail: janielsen@ind.ku.dk or tel. +45  3532 0361.

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:
  • Carry through 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 another research team.
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project.
  • Teach and disseminate your research.
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project.
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates 
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project. The preferred candidate has experience with qualitative research methods such as interview studies, and a background in the natural or medical sciences. Applicants who are experienced with teaching in laboratory settings or researching learning in laboratory settings are preferred. Applicants must be able to communicate fluently (written and orally) in at least one Scandinavian language as well as English.
Place of employment 
The place of employment is at Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.
Terms of employment and employment 
The employment as PhD fellow is a full time and for three years. Starting date is 1 March 2019.
It is conditioned upon the candidate’s success­ful enrolment in the PhD 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 candidate.
The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the University’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 and qualification level the monthly salary begins at 26,886 DKK/approx. 3,608 EUR (October 2018-level) plus an employer paid pension contribution at 17.1 %.
Questions 
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor above.
It is strongly advised to contact the principal supervisor prior to applying.
General information about PhD programs at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/.
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. A certified/signed copy of Master of Science certificate. 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:  31 December 2018, 23.59 pm 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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

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. 

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Deadline: 31 December 2018
Unit: Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Department of Pharmacy

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Post expires on Monday December 31st, 2018

PhD fellow in Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation in Plants

Description of the scientific environment 
The Brodersen group, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, is recruiting a PhD student to work on a 3-year project aimed at understanding mechanisms and biological functions of post-transcriptional gene regulation via small RNAs in plants. The position is available to start on 1 March 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The group is housed in the Biocenter in central Copenhagen, Denmark (https://www.biocenter.ku.dk/).
Project description 
The group uses the plant Arabidopsis thaliana as model organism, and we use a variety of genetic, biochemical, biophysical and bioinformatic techniques in our work. We are interested in obtaining a molecular understanding of how plant cells distinguish self from non-self RNA, and how this distinction is coupled to amplification of siRNAs on non-self RNA templates. We are also interested in addressing how newly synthesized small RNAs get efficiently incorporated into active silencing complexes, and how this process may be mechanistically linked to regulated proteolysis of key small RNA effectors.
We are looking for highly motivated individuals with an MSc degree in molecular biology or similar. Prior knowledge of RNA silencing and experience with Arabidopsis as a model system are advantages, but not strict requirements.
Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Peter Brodersen, Department of Biology, email pbrodersen@bio.ku.dk
Job description 
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:
  • To perform your research project as an active member of the research group
  • 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
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Molecular Biology or Biochemistry with good results and good English skills. Publications and relevant work experience will also count towards the assessment of your qualifications.
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 322.642 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44.567). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
Application Procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
Please include  
  • 1-page Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
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 9 January 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.
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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd.

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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: 9 January 2019
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Department of Biology
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Post expires on Wednesday January 9th, 2019

PhD Fellowship on Comparative Fungal Metabolomics

A three-year PhD fellowship on comparative metabolomics and insecticidal properties of Podaxis basidiomycete fungi is available from February 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, at the Section of Ecology and Evolution within the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
The fellowship will be part of a four-year research project titled “Solutions to Extreme Life in a Global Fungus”, financed by The Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences to Associate Professor Michael Thomas-Poulsen (https://www1.bio.ku.dk/english/staff/?pure=en/persons/227714). The project is based in Thomas-Poulsen’s research group on Social and Symbiotic Evolution (https://www.socialsymbioticevolution.com/), with Thomas-Poulsen as main advisor, and Dr. Benjamin Conlon (https://www1.bio.ku.dk/english/staff/?pure=en/persons/455749) and Assistant Professor Christine Beemelmanns (https://www.leibniz-hki.de/en/institut-staff-details.html?member=87), as co-advisors. The project will involve comparative metabolomics of selected Podaxis species and developing and implementing protocols for insecticidal testing of identified compounds/compound mixes. The successful candidate should have training in biochemistry or natural product chemistry and have some experience in basic microbiology.
Project abstract 
Adaptations to abiotic and biotic conditions through natural selection is a cornerstone in the evolution of life, but our understanding of adaptations to harsh conditions in fungi remains sparse. This is especially so for the basidiomycetes, despite their importance in natural ecosystems and for humans. The genus Podaxis is a promising model to elucidate basidiomycete adaptations to harsh environments, because species in this genus have evolved solutions to extreme abiotic and biotic conditions: desert species survive extreme drought and species growing from termite nests avoid antagonism from the insects during exploitation of termite resources. This project involves a complementary international group that will carry out comparative genomics, characterisations of genes of adaptive importance, and identification of putative insecticides in Podaxis, with the ultimate goal to provide fundamental insights into our understanding of fungal adaptations.
 
Qualifications 
a) An MSc in biology, biochemistry or chemistry
b) Experience with general microbiology and fungus culturing.
c) Experience with chemical analyses such as LC-MS, UV-spectrum and NMR analyses.
d) An interest in natural product discovery from fungi.
e) Creativity and ability to be both team-oriented and independent.
f) Embrace of an international research environment and interdisciplinary research.
g) A proven record of excellent English speaking, reading and writing skills.
Procedures and shortlisting 
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 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/. 
Place of employment and principal place of work 
University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology, Section for Ecology and Evolution, Universitetsparken 15, Building 3, DK-2100 Copenhagen East. The University of Copenhagen provides a top-notch research environment and the city of Copenhagen provides a vibrant cultural scene.
Terms of employment 
The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position for a period of three years, contingent on a satisfactory performance, with the specific intent that it results in production of scientific publications. Terms of appointment and payment according 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 322,642 (approx. €43,015) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. Further information can be obtained from Dr Thomas-Poulsen (e-mail: mpoulsen@bio.ku.dk).
How to apply 
Applications must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) statement of research interests and reasons for applying to this position (max 2 pages), (3) curriculum vitae (including a list of publications if applicable), (4) copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science), and (5) the names, e-mails, telephone numbers and addresses of 3 referees. In addition to the fulfilment of the above-mentioned qualifications, the main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant, the match with the project, and good interpersonal skills.
Applications should be sent electronically by clicking “APPLY NOW” below.
Deadline for application is December 15, 2018, 23:59 GMT+1.
Applications received after the deadline, not using the online application form, or not including the required documents will not be considered.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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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: 15 December 2018
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Department of Biology
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Post expires on Saturday December 15th, 2018

PhD fellow in Field Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship on the investigation of the interlink between marine productivity and seawater redox, with implications for past fluctuations in Earth’s atmospheric oxygenation. We intend the use of suitable non-traditional and radiogenic isotope tracers to approach the topic.

We envisage a start of the project on April 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The project will be based at Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen, within the research group of Geochemical, Petrological and Mineralogical Earth Processes, and it will conducted in close collaboration with other universities outside of Denmark.

Description of the scientific environment 

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) is a part of Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen. The research areas in the Geology Section include Earths’ physical structure and history, volcanoes and earthquakes, movement and quality of groundwater, the different ice ages and how landscapes have been shaped through time.

The research groups work within a wide range of the classical geological disciplines; from sedimentology, basin geology, petrology, mineralogy, and geochemistry to palaeontology, and thus cover topics ranging from the Earth’s ancient history to the present as well as the evolution of life.

Research is also conducted in water resources, including the availability, movement and quality of groundwater, as well as geologically applied geophysics which is used in mapping and understanding of the subsurface.

Within the research group “Geochemical, petrological and mineralogical Earth science”, research is focused on using the geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology of rocks to understand the origin and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle, atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere, how and why these reservoirs have changed, and which geological and tectonic processes have shaped our planet over geological time.]

Project description 

Non-traditional stable isotopes (Fe, Cu, Zn, Cd, Mo, Cr, U, Fe etc.) have become one of the central new fields in geo(bio-)chemistry and can be used to further advance our understanding of metal cycling within complex low-temperature systems. These isotope systems can address critical questions regarding sources, mobility, and fixation of metals, and in the field of Earth system science these tracers currently experience an unprecedented explosion in their diversity of applications. The use of non-traditional isotope systems has become central in the reconstruction of past marine and continental evolution. This project attempts to further contribute, via development and application based approaches, to proclaim Cr, Cd and U stable isotopes as a powerful triple redox-sensitive element system which can tell us more about the interlink between marine bioproductivity levels and fluctuations in Earth’s atmospheric oxygenation, which we would eventually like to project to important periods in Earth’s history.

The Ph.D.- project is two-folded: 1) a development part the student will expand into suitable ion chromatographic elution schemes designed to obtain pure separates of redox-sensitive elements from marine biotic and abiotic carbonates and black shales 2) an application part where the student will use non-traditional stable isotopes to investigate Late Neoproterozoic-Early Cambrian sample suites, amongst others, from China and Namibia.

The PhD scholar will be part of an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research team with a big international network. The project demands willingness and ability to work in geochemical laboratories and also an interest in fieldwork during which some of the sample suites are planned to be collected. In addition, it is expected that the candidate is flexible with respect to shorter visits in other universities during which analytical sessions will be conducted.

Principal supervisor 

The principal supervisor of the project will be Prof. Robert Frei, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, E-mail: robertf@ign.ku.dk Direct Phone: +45 35 322 450.

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 an extended period, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold an MSc degree, preferably with some geochemical/sedimentological/oceanographic background, 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.

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.

Application Procedure 

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include  

  • Cover Letter, also detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

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 31.12.2018, 23:59 GMT +2 

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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Questions 

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor, Prof. Robert Frei, Dept. of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, E-mail: robertf@ign.ku.dk, direct Phone: 0045 35322450.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd.

APPLY NOW

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: 31 December 2018
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Institut for Geovidenskab og Naturforvaltning
Email: robertf@ign.ku.dk
Phone:
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Post expires on Monday December 31st, 2018

Five New PhD Scholarships at iCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is launching its new research agenda and invites applications for five fully funded three-year PhD scholarships. We are looking for innovative and original ideas that combine law and other related disciplines. We are particularly interested in projects that can advance the iCourts 2.0 agenda, as well as the agenda of our new ERC projects.

Successful candidates can start June 1, 2019.

About iCourts

iCourts is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation and, among others, the European Research Council. The centre generally explores the growing role of international courts and institutions and their place in a globalizing legal order. iCourts strives to be the globally leading hub for research on international courts and their impact on law, politics and society. Its research agenda reaches beyond international courts, however, and also explores how ideas and practices of international and European law shape societies. The centre also hosts two ERC Starting Grant projects, one of which examines European constitutional imaginaries (IMAGINE). More information on this project can be found here. The other (JustSites), which will be launched next year, explores the interconnectivity of international criminal law.

The centre’s research is marked by curiosity: It is problem-driven, and often uses empirical and interdisciplinary approaches, including a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods.

iCourts’ new research agenda – iCourts 2.0 – specifically targets questions related to the relative and often contested power of international courts in the domains of law, politics and society. Envisaged projects include explorations of how national and international contexts – actors, networks, institutions, entrenched ideas of law and legal practice or social order, etc. – influence the de facto power of international courts and law. As a basic science research centre, we also host projects with more general methodological and theoretical aims related to international courts, institutions and law. Previous research at iCourts has for example developed new ways of using of big data in legal analysis, reconceptualised key ideas of law, such as authority and legal realism, and conducted pioneering empirical studies of little known international courts. iCourts 2.0 seeks to further invigorate such basic scientific exploration. An example is the new ERC Project IMAGINE, which will provide the first-ever synthesis and critical evaluation of the core theories of EU constitutionalism by theorizing their mutual relationship and the ways in which they have influenced each other and the constitutional praxis of the EU. It will provide a pioneering intellectual history of EU constitutionalism together with the study of its emergence and reception in selected Member States.

PhD projects

iCourts 2.0 seeks to explain and make intelligible the relative and often contested power of international courts, institutions and law. While the current resistance to international courts and law is interesting in this regard, we generally encourage projects that more broadly explore the power of international courts in relation to law, politics and society.

  • The transformation of legal practices by international courts and institutions. For example, how international courts create new cognitive frames, principles and values, and whether or how these innovations change legal practices at the global, regional and national levels;
  • The impact of international courts and institutions on politics, its processes and outcomes: For example, how different actors make use of ICs – directly and indirectly – and whether and how such actions generate new interests and preferences at the global, regional and national levels;
  • Changes in society triggered by international courts, institutions and law. For example, how ICs influence state, group and citizen relationships, and whether and how they help to generate new rights, duties and processes at the global, regional and national levels.
  • For the IMAGINE project, we particularly look for projects interested in interdisciplinary study of how key ideas have influenced EU constitutionalism.

We are looking for projects that address these issues, or issues related thereto. In all cases, we are interested in comparative projects that analyse more than one form of international law and adjudication or how international courts cooperate with or affect multiple regions or states. We welcome both original project proposals and projects that aim at addressing the following ideas or related ideas:

  • The relative power of European or international adjudication of human rights or economic law on domestic legal practices or politics. Projects could explore what structures in the member states enable or prevent the influence of international courts in law or politics, or both. Comparative studies could help lay bare how transforming law, politics and social structures (international, regional or national) affect the context within which international courts and law operate.
  • The effect of European or international ideas of law in national societies. Projects could explore how nationally embedded or entrenched ideas of law or social order might counter the power of European or international legal practices and ideas. Such studies would help contribute original scholarship on the narratives and counter-narratives of law that are influential in transforming the perceived role and real power of international courts.
  • How international criminal law is affected by the diffusion of ideas and practices related to crime. Projects could explore the importance of actors, professional networks and institutions in the developing new forms of legal practice, thinking and social ordering across domestic, regional and international law. Such perspectives could investigate, for instance, how new ideas and practices are developed and mobilized to push for new courts, the opening of new cases or the universalisation of specific rights and duties to prosecute, offer reparations or to protect victims.In the context of IMAGINE, we particularly welcome projects that investigate the impact of a particular EU constitutional scholar on the development of the discipline, or projects examining intellectual history of the debates on the relationship of national constitutions to the EU. The candidate will participate in conducting empirical analysis of the impact of various EU constitutional theories and the collection of relevant data through surveys. Experience in this respect may be an advantage, but relevant training can also be provided as part of the iCourts doctoral training programme.

The iCourts Doctoral Training program

PhD students at iCourts are enrolled in the Faculty of Law’s general doctoral training programme. Some of the requirements will however be fulfilled by participating in a specific iCourts’ research training programme.

The Faculty’s general training programme provides PhD students with a general set of skills for developing their research and career. This programme involves coursework, international networking, and a research visit at a relevant research institution abroad, as well as teaching tasks. Details and requirements can be found on the Faculty’s website

iCourts’ own research training programme is tailored specifically to the iCourts’ research agenda and seeks to provide PhD students with advanced research tools for exploring key issues related to international law, politics and society. The programme includes a research stay with an iCourts’ targeted collaborator, interdisciplinary supervision and the possibility of obtaining a dual-degree with one of our collaborators, subject to approval by the partner institution. PhD students at iCourts are expected to present their work at leading international conferences, participate actively in the centre’s activities and contribute to the centre’s overall research agenda. More information is available here.

The Faculty of Law offers supervision by highly qualified academics and provides an excellent opportunity to research contemporary legal issues in an intellectually stimulating environment.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Master of Laws or equivalent qualifications. Please visit studyindenmark.dk for more information. Applicants must have obtained a minimum overall grade average of 8.2 or above at the Master’s level in accordance with the Danish grading scale (for Danish scale, see here )
  • Applicants must document an aptitude for research through the meritorious assessment of their final thesis, publications or academic recommendations in order to show that they are capable of undertaking the demanding task of writing a PhD thesis.
  • Applicants must have excellent language skills in English and have excellent communications skills. Applicants must be able to teach at an academic level in Danish or English and to follow PhD courses in English.
  • Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test. More information is available here

Successful PhD candidates are required to

  • Actively engage in the research environment at the University of Copenhagen; participate in international conferences, courses and meetings relevant to their research project.
  • Comply with the formal requirements of the PhD programme
  • Contribute to teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Danish or English offered by the Faculty of Law.
  • Conduct independent and high quality research under the supervision of a senior member of academic staff at the Faculty.

Application procedure

Click ’Apply now’ below to be taken to the online application form.

We advise you to have the following documents ready before you begin your online application:

  • Research project proposal. This should include the following: (1) objective(s) of the research, (2) major research questions, (3) review of relevant literature, (4) methodology to be applied in the research, and (5) a timetable that plans for all course requirements to have been met within three years. The project description must elaborate on the value of the proposed research project in terms of its relevance to existing and future research in the field (maximum 6 pages excluding bibliography). The document must be in Times New Roman, font size 12, spacing 1.5 and all margins (right, left, top and bottom) of 2 cm.
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
  • Diplomas and transcripts. Certified copies of original diploma(s) and transcripts (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree) in the original language and an authorized English translation if they are issued in other language than English or Danish.
  • Grading scale. A certified explanation of grading scale in the original language and an authorized English translation if it is available in other language than English or Danish.
  • Supervisor. The name of a member of academic staff whom you wish to have assigned as your supervisor. You do not need to contact the supervisor but simply make a request in your application.
  • Letter of motivation. Explaining the choice of the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen as a host institution for the proposed project and outlines how the project fits within the research priorities at the Faculty (maximum 1 page).
  • Documentation of English level. Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test.

Submit your application electronically in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.

The recruitment process

Following the application deadline the Dean will pre-select PhD applications that will proceed to the assessment stage upon the recommendation of the Selection Committee. Applicants are pre-selected for further assessment in line with the Faculty’s recruitment needs as described in this job advertisement. This is carried out based on the overall assessment of the applicant’s educational qualifications, the quality of the submitted research proposal and its relevance to the Faculty’s research agenda, and other relevant qualifications (e.g. relevant professional experience, any previous academic publications etc.).

All applicants are then notified by the HR Centre as to whether their application has proceeded to the assessment stage. This assessment is carried out by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants will be notified of the composition of the assessment committee. When the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the assessment. A number of qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.

Terms of employment

Successful candidates will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance concerning the salary of PhD students.If you are offered a PhD position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The Faculty does not provide accommodation.

General information

  • Can be found on the Faculty’s website
  • Can be obtained by contacting the PhD administration by mail to phd@hrsc.ku.dk

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is 14 December 2018, 23:59 GMT +1.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. If all the required documents are not applied, your application will be rejected.

Interviews are expected to take place in March/April.

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Deadline: 14 December 2018
Unit: Det Juridiske Fakultet
Campus: Det Juridiske Fakultet
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Post expires on Friday December 14th, 2018

PhD fellowship in forensic DNA typing

PhD fellowship in forensic DNA typing

Department of Forensic Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND)
University of Copenhagen

The Department of Forensic Medicine is offering a three-year PhD fellowship in forensic DNA typing.  The fellowship is available from 1 October 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description
In order to improve forensic genetic investigations, there is a need for the development and implementation of new methods. The current project focuses on developing methods that utilises massively parallel sequencing (MPS) for forensic genetic investigations. The aim of the current project is to develop MPS based methods that can be used for identification as well as prediction of physical traits (colour of eyes, hair, skin, etc.) and bio-geographic ancestry in forensic genetic cases. The project will be performed at the Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine.

Principal supervisor
Professor Niels Morling, Department of Forensic Medicine.
E-mail: niels.morling@sund.ku.dk.

Co-supervisor
Senior advisor Claus Børsting, Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine.

Required qualifications
As an applicant you must have:
Obtained a Master´s degree in genetics, biology, medicine, or a related field prior to the starting date,
fluency in English and excellent communication skills,
the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and
the ability to travel for performing experiments abroad.

Preferred qualifications
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in genetics, biology, and related fields.

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty are to:
• Carry through an independent research project under supervision.
• Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project.
• Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points.
• Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project.
• Participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in forensic genetics.
• Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings.
• Stay at an external research institution, preferably abroad.

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
• Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme.
• The grade point average achieved.
• Other professional activities.
• Language skills.
• The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills.

Formal requirements
The successful applicant will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD programme at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education and the guidelines for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in Forensic Medicine and Anthropology.

Terms of employment
The position as a PhD fellow is available for a 3-year period.

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.
Minimum monthly salary is DKK 25,759.10 (taxable) + pension contribution.

Application procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Your application must include:
• Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page)
• Full CV
• Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used
• Possible publication list
• Other information to consider: Possible references and recommendations.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The Department of Forensic Medicine announces three PhD fellowships with deadline for applications on September 18th. 2016.
If you are applicant for more than one PhD fellowship, please state your priority if possible.

Deadline for applications
18 September 2016.  Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

Post application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessor. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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 recruitment process.

Questions
For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor, Professor Niels Morling, e-mail: niels.morling@sund.ku.dk.

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Deadline: 18 September 2016
Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Campus: Dept. of Forensic Medicine
Email: niels.morling@sund.ku.dk
Phone: 35326194
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Post expires on Sunday September 18th, 2016

PhD fellowship in the group of Dimitrios Stamou in the Bionanotechnology and Nanomedicine Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

One PhD fellowship is available in the group of Dimitrios Stamou in the Bionanotechnology and Nanomedicine Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen.

Suitable Candidate

The Candidate for the PhD must hold an MSc degree in nanoscience or biophysics. Familiarity with fluorescence based assays and microscopy is a necessary requirement, in particular in relation to Confocal based instruments. The candidate is expected to have theoretical background and experience with computer aided image treatment and statistical analysis. Training and skills in the use of programming languages for high content analysis is a requirement, as Matlab or equivalent. Experience with mammalian cell culturing, plating, transfection and imaging are necessary. Candidates without any of the above necessary requirements will not be considered.

The candidates must work actively within an international, cross-disciplinary group of researchers: therefore strong communication and interpersonal skills are required. Excellent written and spoken English is mandatory.
 

Project description

Using fluorescence microscopy and biophysical methods the student will characterise in living cells how membrane curvature affects the sorting and signalling of G protein coupled receptors and selected Ras isoforms.
 

Application

The application has to be submitted online by clicking on "APPLY NOW" below and must include:

1. Motivation/Cover letter (max 1 page)
2. Curriculum vitae including List of publications
3. Copies of diploma/degree certificates for MSc
4. 2-3 recommendation letters highlighting any skills or experience particularly relevant for the project.

Deadline for applications is September 14th 2016 at 11:59 PM CET.

Applications will be handled and processed by the main supervisor and an assessment committee. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
 

Place and Terms of Employment

The employment is in the group of Prof. Dimitrios Stamou, Department of Chemistry and the Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen. More information on the group can be found at http://nano.ku.dk/english/research/Nanobio/stamou_group/.

The PhD positions is 3 years and will be carried out in in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) on salaried scholarships. The minimum starting yearly salary is DKK 309,109 yearly plus pension. Supplements can be added according to qualifications. Information about working conditions and taxes is available at www.ism.ku.dk and www.workingconditions.ku.dk.
 

Information about the PhD scholarship

The scholarship is awarded under the prerequisite that the applicant is found qualified and that the project is to be carried out in an internationally recognized and active academic environment.

It is expected that the Scholar follow recommendations and deadlines from the supervisor on writing reports and articles. The scholarship holder is obliged to carry out tasks related to lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises etc. as set by the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The scholarship is awarded accordingly to the regulations in The Ministry of Science, Technology and Development, Executive order no. 284, April 25th 2008 regarding the appointment of academic staff at the University.

Information regarding the PhD programme at the Faculty of Science can be found here: http://www.science.ku.dk/english/research/phd.

Contact information:

For more information about the position please contact Professor Dimitrios Stamou by e-mail at Stamou@nano.ku.dk.
Deadline: 14 September 2016
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Department of Chemistry
Email: stamou@nano.ku.dk
Phone:
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Post expires on Wednesday September 14th, 2016