Postdoc or Assistant Professor within research themes focused on the early Universe

Niels Bohr Institute
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen


The Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) invites applications for the DAWN Fellowship at the postdoctoral or assistant professor level.

DAWN Fellowships are intended for outstanding scientists whose research falls within DAWN’s research themes focused on the early Universe: high-redshift galaxy evolution, reionization and evolution of the IGM, first stars and galaxies, dust and ISM in the early universe, 21cm cosmology and dark matter. DAWN Fellows are expected to pursue their own independent, cutting-edge research programs.

DAWN is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) and is located at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen and the Space division of the Danish Technical University (DTU-Space). In addition, DAWN has a number of associates at major research institutes across Europe, North America, and Australia. DAWN brings together experts in all aspects of early universe research and is deeply involved in major existing and upcoming surveys with e.g., HST, ALMA, Euclid and JWST, as well as simulations. Examples of major JWST surveys include CosmosWeb, FRESCO and PANORAMIC. DAWN Fellows are encouraged to collaborate with DAWN’s international associates and have the opportunity to supervise students and to apply for grants and observing proposals as PI.

More information on DAWN’s activities and researchers is available at

The position is offered as either a Postdoc fellowship or Assistant Professor depending on the qualification of the applicant. Please note that it is possible to apply for both levels. We encourage you to do so if in doubt. If you apply at both levels, separate applications must be submitted (see below).

Your profile
We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who has a strong background and interest in JWST and/or ALMA observations or in the large-scale distribution of distant galaxies.

Regarding the Postdoc Fellowship:
The postdoc’s duties will include research within DAWN’s research themes as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Regarding the Assistant Professorship:
The assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations. To a limited extent this may also include performance of other duties.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at .


Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate Professor Pascal Oesch.

DAWN Fellowships are for up to three years.  The employment is scheduled to begin in fall 2023 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Terms of employment and benefits

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.                                                                     

DAWN Fellows and postdocs receive generous support for computing, travel, and publication expenses. Most non-Danish researchers are eligible for a favorable tax scheme. Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life.

We offer an attractive starting salary plus pension and negotiation for a salary supplement is possible. Benefits include six weeks paid vacation and generous benefits including: pension, full health cover (also for family), paid sick leave and paid parental leave. More on employment conditions and living in Copenhagen:

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

Please include

  • Research plan – maximum 3 pages including figures and references, description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list – please indicate 3-5 particularly relevant papers
  • Cover letter – maximum 1 page, describing your motivation for applying to DAWN
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree, or equivalent, e.g., a letter from your university explaining you have completed requirements for these degrees and are in the final year of a PhD
  • Only for applicants interested in an assistant professorship: If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications – please describe and document:
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training


The deadline for applications is 5 December 2022, 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews are expected to be held during the first two weeks of January 2023

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case:
Postdoc Fellowship: 211-1243/22-2I
Assistant Professor: 211-0284/22-2A


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.


Application deadline: 05-12-2022
Employment start: 01-08-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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