PhD fellow in Forest Entomology and biodiversity

Updated: 9 months ago
Deadline: 07 Dec 2016

Department of Geoscience and Nature Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering 1-2 PhD scholarships. The positions are open for appointment starting December 29th 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The department is responsible for research and education in Forest, Nature and Biomass studies, Geography, Geology, and Landscape architecture. It is in the former section that this Ph.D. position is available. Forest, Nature and Biomass conducts research within the entire range from ecosystem via management to products, and includes more than 110 staff members, of which more than 35 are Ph.D. students from all over the world. The section provides core information on pests and pathogens on trees in forests, landscapes and urban areas, for teaching and outreach.

The Ph.D. fellow will be affiliated in one of two research groups- Ecology and Nature Management or Forest Genetics and Diversity depending on the profile of the applicant and the detailed plan for the Ph.D. to be developed during the first 3 months of the employment. The research groups works on basic and applied research and teaching in systems ecology, conservation and restoration of habitats for flora and fauna in a wide range of natural, semi-natural and managed ecosystems. The research may apply quantitative and genomic tools in population genetic, ecological, domestication and eco-physiological studies to ensure understanding of interplay of pests and pathogens with trees. Climate change and invasive species, which threaten the native flora and fauna and their habitats, can be further detailing the studies as well as interactions with forest and nature management.

Project description
The Ph.D. projects will be carried out in association with ongoing research on forest entomology and pathology, genetically and ecological tools and will be based partly on existing forest experiments, and material collections and partly on new collection of data from the Danish forests.

Principal supervisor will be senior scientist, Hans Peter Ravn. Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management,, +45 35331663 Further information can also be obtained from Head of section Vivian Kvist Johannsen, +453533 1699.

Job description
The positions are 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

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Biology with good results. Qualifications in entomology and pest organisms in forestry and good English skills will be preferred. 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 309,109 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,699). 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, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project. Visionary ideas for potential research questions are more than welcome.
•Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
•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 Wednesday 07+.12.2016, 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

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor senior scientist, Hans Peter Ravn. , Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management,, + +45 35331663 or Head of section Vivian Kvist Johannsen, +453533 1699.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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