Postdoc in marine zooplankton and carbon cycling in the ocean at Globe Institute

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc for a 2-year position focusing on the interaction between phytoplankton and zooplankton communities, community size structure and role of lipids in the flow of carbon towards sequestration. The position is funded by Queen Margrethe’s and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir´s Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate, and Society and is offered in close collaboration between the University of Copenhagen (Globe institute, Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Aqua, section for Oceans and Arctic). You will work closely with Prof. Katherine Richardson at Copenhagen University and Dr. Sigrún Jónasdóttir at DTU. As zooplankton culturing and laboratory facilities are not found at the University of Copenhagen, the laboratory activities associated with the position will be hosted by DTU Aqua. In addition to conducting cutting edge research, ROCS aims to foster links between research communities in Denmark and Iceland and you will be expected to spend time in both countries. A research cruise is planned for summer, 2024.

Information on the department can be found at, on ROCS at, and DTU-Aqua at

Our research
The ROCS Centre aims to describe the relationship between ecosystem structure on land and in the ocean in relation to past climate changes. This is done by analysing eDNA in ocean and lake sediments. Process studies in the contemporary ocean are used to estimate biologically mediated carbon flow in the historic ocean based on the information retrieved from the eDNA proxies of historical ecosystems. Working in the Centre requires both teamwork and a commitment to understanding and working with collaborators with expertise in disciplines other than your own.

Your job
Your research will contribute to understanding the factors influencing the size structure of zooplankton communities in the contemporary ocean with a focus on identifying the factors influencing abundance of mesozooplankton. It will also inform understanding of the role of zooplankton in ocean carbon sequestration by focusing on developing a better understanding of the “lipid pump”.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • A PhD degree
  • Work experience with marine zooplankton
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to facilitate collaboration as well as take responsibility and work independently.
  • Proficient communications skills.
  • You work with attention to detail and follow work through to completion.
  • Excellent English skills (written and spoken).

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Knowledge of lipids/carbon sequestration in the ocean.
  • Experience with both field and laboratory work.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Section for Biodiversity, Universitetsparken 15, 2100 Copenhagen N.

About Globe Institute
The Globe Institute is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Institute’s main purpose is to understand the role of life in the Earth system. The institute operates at the intersection of natural and medical sciences and the humanities. Information on the institute can be found at:

The Globe Institute is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment where employees and students can belong and thrive. See website for more information. All qualified applicants will receive full consideration. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, contribute to diversity and competencies of our Institute are encouraged to apply. The University of Copenhagen strives to offer a family friendly and flexible working environment with a sustainable balance between work- and private life, including parental leave schemes (up to 47 weeks for both parents) and up to six weeks of paid holidays per year. Researchers that have not been tax liable in Denmark for the last 10 years can apply for a special (reduced) tax scheme. The university offers a variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 2 years. The starting date is on 1 February 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,728 DKK/approx. 4,800 EUR (October 2022 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign 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 Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information please contact Katherine Richardson;

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:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) certificate from the degree received immediately prior to the PhD degree. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

Deadline for applications:  3 December, 2023, 23.59pm CET.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

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. The committee will include individuals from both UCPH and DTU. 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.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.


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: 03-12-2023
Employment start: 01-02-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Globe Institute

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