Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Cosmic Dawn Center


The Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) invites applications for the DAWN Post-doctoral Fellowships. The fellowships are intended for outstanding early career scientists whose research expertise falls within DAWN’s research themes: high-redshift galaxy evolution, epoch of re-ionization, first stars, black holes and galaxies, dust and ISM in the early universe, the formation and evolution of elements in explosive cosmic transients, and dark matter. DAWN Fellows are expected to pursue their own independent, cutting-edge research programs, either in theory or observations.  

DAWN is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) and located at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and at the Space division of the Danish Technical University (DTU-Space). Additionally, the center has a number of associate members at major research institutes across Europe, North America, and Australia. DAWN brings together experts in all aspects of early universe galaxy evolution and is deeply involved in major existing and upcoming surveys with e.g., HST, ALMA, Euclid and JWST, as well as cosmological and zoom in simulations. DAWN is also home to the HEAVYMETAL project, funded by the European Research Council, which aims to understand the nuclear and astrophysical origin of the heaviest elements in neutron star mergers.

Please see for more information on the Center's activities and researchers. 

DAWN Fellowships are for a period of three years. Employment is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2024 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate. Applicants may also be considered for other post-doctoral positions at the Cosmic DAWN Center.

Applications must consist of a CV, Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent), a list of publications, and a brief research statement that describes research interests and research plans. The research statement should not exceed 3 pages (text, figures and references included) with a font size no smaller than 11pt Times New Roman (or equivalent).

The deadline for applications is 10 December 2023, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received within the deadline will receive full consideration. 

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview in January 2024.

The application must be submitted electronically in English, by clicking APPLY NOW below. Carefully Follow the directions for applying.

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

Selection of the successful candidates will be based on outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievements. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of, e.g., nationality or gender identity.

Terms of employment

The positions are 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.

Salary is based on senioroty. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

DAWN Fellows receive support for computing, travel and publication expenses.

Most non-Danish citizens are eligible for a favorable tax scheme (information in Danish here).

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Further information on the Department and the Center can be found at Niels Bohr Institute - Cosmic DAWN Center - DTU Space.


Inquiries about the position can be made to: Professor Sune Toft, Professor Thomas Greve, Professor Johan Fynbo, Associate Professor Lise Christensen, or Associate Professor Georgios Magdis
Enquiries related to HEAVYMETAL may be made to Professor Darach Watson


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Application deadline: 10-12-2023
Employment start: 01-09-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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