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3 postdocs at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate

Natural History Museum of Denmark and Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering 3 postdocs (2 years) commencing 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
The positions will be affiliated with the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC). 
  • Postdoc in Macroecology/Phylogeography 
  • Postdoc in Tropical Bird Movement 
  • Postdoc in Marine Macroecology 
We also welcome inquiries from prospective applicants for a Marie Curie fellowship (2018). 
CMEC and its research mission statement: Life on Earth – addressing the big questions 
CMEC ( is a long-term funded center of excellence with a cross-disciplinary research program addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth. The 40+ researchers at the center 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, ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics. 
CMEC combines natural history knowledge, rigorous field work in all corners of the world and an assemblage of huge biological data sets built from primary sources with the use of cutting-edge DNA techniques, novel macroecological and null models, powerful bioinformatics tools and statistics to enable a truly holistic approach for addressing fundamental questions about life on Earth. The aim of CMEC is to elucidate biology’s “laws of nature” by understanding the four main processes influencing life: the origin and birth of species (speciation), the dispersal of species (movement), the persistence of species through interactions with other species (maintenance) and the disappearance of species (extinction). Using and combining knowledge of individual process in a hypothesis-driven spatio-temporal framework, we focus on the grand challenge of answering one of the most important questions facing science today: What are the fundamental evolutionary and ecological principles and processes that generate and maintain the complex patterns of the distribution of life on Earth?  
The posisions: 
POSITION 1 – POSTDOC IN MACROECOLOGY/PHYLEOGRAPHY. To work on projects exploring the past determinants and future responses of intra-specific genetic diversity at large spatial scales. The post-doc will take advantage of new databases generated in CMEC on the distribution of hundreds of thousands of sequences for thousands of vertebrate species. We are seeking for a macroecologist/biogeographer or phylogeographer who has excellent analytical, spatial statistical and modeling skills (e.g. Species Distribution Models, population genetics). Experience in hindcasting SDMs to the past and experience fossil databases will be highly valuable. We are particularly interested in considering the influence of climate change and anthropogenic impacts on the current and future global patterns of intra-specific genetic diversity for vertebrates. 
Contact person for more information and questions: Associate Professor David Bravo Nogues, e-mail:; phone: +45 35 32 12 58.  
POSITION 2 - POSTDOC IN TROPICAL BIRD MOVEMENT to study the mobility of Andean forest birds to answer general biological questions as defined in the CMEC research program. Almost nothing is known about the movement and dispersal of forest birds because of the extremely elusive behavior of most species, combined with the exceptional difficultly of conducting fieldwork on steep slopes cloaked with impenetrable vegetation.  To overcome these challenges, we will use new GPS tags small enough to be carried by medium-sized birds to provide high-resolution information on geographical position over long time periods via an orbital communication node on the International Space Station (i.e., the ICARUS program: The movement data will be combined with our genomic data (i.e., the b10k project: and our distributional data on Andean birds. The postdoc is part of a longer-term project involving CMEC scientists with ornithological expertise within macroevolution, macroecology, biogeography, bioinformatics and genomics.  
The postdoc is expected to be instrumental in setting up the field program and testing technological equipment in the Andes. Strong interest and expertise in fieldwork and natural history knowledge of birds is expected.  
Contact person for more information and questions: Professor Carsten Rahbek, e-mail:; phone: +45 35 32 10 30. 
POSITION 3 – POSTDOC IN MARINE MACROECOLOGY to work on research questions related to what controls large scale spatio-temporal patterns in phytoplankton community composition and diversity using data sets of species occurrences paired with co-incident oceanographic data. In particular, we are investigating how small scale oceanographic features may affect dispersal and maintenance of diversity. The candidate should have well developed analytical, statistical and modelling skills and experience in applying these to molecular (next-generation) sequencing data. Ideally the candidate should also have knowledge of phytoplankton community ecology/biological oceanography. 
Contact person for more information and questions: Katherine Richardson, e-mail:; phone: +45 35 32 12 03. 
Further information on the positions  
The successful applicant for each position will refer to and collaborate with the contact person(s) listed under each theme. Applicants can apply for more than one of the positions, but an individual and position-specific application needs to be submitted for each position applied for. Applicants are expected to engage in ongoing research projects using the center’s data/resources and to contribute to further development of new projects. We expect successful candidates to be interested in conducting collaborative projects within the center with other center scientists.  
The postdoc positions require a PhD degree. We seek internationally competitive candidates with a very strong publication record in the best international peer-reviewed journals. Applicants should have documented strong analytical and data handling skills and the ability to communicate within a cross-disciplinary research center. Strong natural history knowledge and experience with fieldwork would be viewed favorably for all positions.  
Length of appointment and starting time is negotiable, but is expected to be 2 years with a starting time in January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Inquiries concerning the positions can be made to the contact persons indicated under each position or general questions to the Center Director of CMEC, Professor Carsten Rahbek, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. Phone: +45 35 32 10 30; E-mail:  
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 up to DKK 413.717 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 70.746). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. Information about working conditions and taxes is available at and
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY on the specific link to each of the position. Please note that the materials to be considered in the assessment must be attached to the application form, which you will find under APPLY. Applications received by e-mail or any other way other than the official electronic system of the University will not be considered.
Please include in the following order: 
  • Application letter (max 1 page). 
  • Motivation for applying (max 0.5 page). 
  • Description of previous research experience (max 0.5 page). 
  • A list of your most significant publication(s) (up to three) and briefly describe in 2-3 sentences what is interesting in the paper(s) (max 0.5 page). 
  • A brief outline of an idea for research within the topic area (1 page). This is used for evaluating the applicants only. 
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail address and telephone number) with documentation of education and complete publication list.  
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent). 
  • Full contact details (name, address, telephone and email) of three professional references

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 xx (day) xxx (months) XXXX (year), 23:59 GMT +1. Applications or supplementary material received after this date 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.  
You can read about the recruitment process at

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Application deadline: 30-10-2017
Employment start: 01-01-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: The Natural History Museum of Denmark

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