Postdoc, "Synthetic spectra of exoplanet atmospheres with and without biological activity, Niels Bohr Institute

We seek candidates for a postdoc position titled “Synthetic spectra of exoplanet atmospheres with and without biological activity” at Centre for Exolife Sciences, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The position is within the field of Exolife Science, i.e. the overlap field between astronomy, chemistry, biology, and physics. The fellowship is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation under the Synergy project “Effects of bacteria on atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and exoplanets”, which involve staff at University of Copenhagen from the Niels Bohr Institute, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology. The successful candidate will join a highly interdisciplinary, international and collaborative environment with the common goal of deepening our understanding of the global interaction of life with its surroundings in terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments. The specific goal of the postdoc will be to include and understand non-equilibrium processes in the modelling and analysis of (exoplanetary) atmospheric structures and spectra caused by the existence of life forms, including the influence of gasses produced by micro-organisms in our lab experiments.

The position is open from 15 February 2024, and the duration of the position is two years. There exist good opportunities to apply for further national and international fellowships as a continuation of the first two years of a successful postdoc position.

The postdoc’s duties can include research within astronomy, chemistry, physics, and biology, as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

The postdoc will be under the supervision of Professor Uffe Gråe Jørgensen, Niels Bohr Institute, and co-supervisor Professor Henrik Grum Kjærgaard, Department of Chemistry.

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Inquiries about the position can be made to Uffe Gråe Jørgensen,, +45) 61 30 66 40.

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
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.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Description of current and past research and your vision about how your experience could further the research project outlined above
  • Complete publication list
  • Reference to 3 of your papers that you consider particularly relevant

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2023, 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 will be held online during the beginning of December 2023.


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: 01-12-2023
Employment start: 15-02-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr institutet

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