Postdoctoral fellowships in cosmochemistry and planetary sciences

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 26 Sep 2019

GLOBE Institute
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen 

The Centre for Star and Planet Formation at the GLOBE Institute is offering a number of postdoctoral fellowships in the field of cosmochemistry and planetary sciences. The fellowships are available from November 1 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Centre for Star and Planet Formation (Starplan) is a multidisciplinary research centre focused on understanding the formation of planetary systems, including the Solar System, using a multidisciplinary approach that combines astronomy, astrophysics and cosmochemistry. The main focus of these research positions is centered on elucidating the timescales and processes leading to the formation of the Solar System, including the accretion and differentiation of rocky planets using a wide range of analytical techniques, including isotope geochemistry, innovative nano-analysis techniques for investigation of extra-terrestrial material and remote sensing. In detail, research topics include the Solar System’s presolar heritage, the formation, thermal processing and mass transport of early formed solids, the Solar System’s nucleosynthetic diversity and the formation history and evolution of Mars. Further information on the Institute is linked at and about Starplan at .  

We seek highly-motivated individuals with a strong background in isotope geochemistry and/or planetary geology to join a dynamic group to pursue innovative research and take full advantage of the multidisciplinary environment the centre offers, including state-of-the-art isotope facilities. These include thermal-ionization and multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (Thermo Scientific Triton and Neptune, respectively) as well as ultra-clean laboratories. The ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • You have a PhD in Earth and planetary sciences or related field.
  • Strong scientific track record demonstrated by high-quality publications in peer reviewed international journals as first author in the field of planetary sciences and cosmochemistry.
  • The candidate should be able to conduct independent and creative research, and show good inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Strong background in mass spectrometry or related analytical techniques.
  • You are excellent in written and oral communication in English.
  • You have experience in research collaborations and have demonstrated enthusiasm, motivation, flexibility and confidence.

Place of employment 
The place of employment is at the Centre for Star and Planet Formation, GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure.

Terms of employment 
One to two positions are fixed-term for four years and one to two positions are fixed-term for two years. All positions are full time. Please indicate if you wish to apply for a four or two year position.

The starting date is November 1 2019 or after agreement.

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 DKK 34,079/approx. EUR 4,574 (April 2019-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The University of Copenhagen 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 June 28, 2013. 

For further information, please contact Professor Martin Bizzarro by e-mail:

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:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  • A certified/signed copy of PhD certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  • List of publications.
  • We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not meet with the abovementioned requirements.

    Application deadline: 26 September 2019, 23.59 p.m. CET.

    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.

    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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