Postdoc in Avian Paleo-demography

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 29 Jun 2021

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2-year position to commence 1 October 2021.

The post-doctoral job offer is to conduct research in avian paleo-demography and its drivers over the Pleistocene.

Information on the department can be found at: and

Our research
Climate change poses a major threat to biodiversity, potentially outpacing the ability of species to adapt. Yet the scientific community still struggles to anticipate the responses of biodiversity to climate change. Integrating pioneering data and methods across macroecology, evolutionary genomics and paleoclimatology we propose to elucidate the demographic history of bird species during the last million years of climate change. These species inhabit different biomes (from the tropics to the poles) and represent a variety of life-history strategies and ecological traits. We will reconstruct the demographic history under past climate change of a variety of populations across 320 bird species using PSMC methods, and identify the role of life strategies and species traits to explain different demographic responses across species.

We will also provide relevant baselines for avian population dynamics under climate change. Revealing past demography will largely improve our ability to anticipate potential responses of species to ongoing climate warming.  The two-year position is part of a recently funded DFF2 project “DEMOCHANGE”, lead by Professor David Nogués-Bravo, University of Copenhagen, and Guojie Zhang, University of Copenhagen. This position will be in the group of Prof. David Nogués-Bravo based in the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen.

Your job
Coordination of sample collections and sequencing, alignment of temporal trends in demography and paleoclimatic conditions, estimates of different responses to climate change and model how species traits modulate those responses across space, time and phylogenies.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a PhD degree from ecology and evolutionary, and experience on bird ecology, macroevolution, phylogenetics/phylogenomics, or similar fields. Candidates with below experiences will be highly preferred.


  • phylogenomic/macroevolutionary/macroecological methods (i.e., how ecological traits control demographic responses to climate change over space and time after controlling by evolutionary patterns represented in phylogenies)
  • large dataset management and data curation
  • comparative genetics/genomics
  • strong coding abilities
  • project coordination and supervision of undergraduate/masters students
  • curatorial or collection research-based expertise in birds
  • research-based experience in life-history variation and wildlife conservation.

Software/programming languages:

For consideration, applications must:

  • Have published in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Highly independent and have experience in project coordination
  • Have good communication skills

The working language is English, thus excellent English speaking, reading and writing skills are required.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at GLOBE Institute, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Nørre Campus, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and computational facilities.

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is 1 October 2021.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,900 DKK/ approx. 4,690 Euro (April 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 2019.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. David Nogues-Bravo ( ) or Prof. Guojie Zhang ( ).

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

Application deadline:  29 June 2021 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. 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.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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.

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