PhD fellowship in planet formation and planetary sciences, GLOBE Institute

The Centre for Star and Planet Formation at the GLOBE Institute is offering a three-year PhD fellowship in the field of planet formation and planetary sciences. The PhD fellowship is available from October 1 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.  

The Centre for Star and Planet Formation (StarPlan) is a multidisciplinary research centre focused on understanding the formation of planetary systems, including the Solar System, using a multidisciplinary approach that combines astronomy, astrophysics and cosmochemistry. The main focus of this PhD research position is centered on understanding the formation of terrestrial planets, using a hydrodynamical approach to simulating the accretion of pebbles and the structure of the gas envelope of young, hot planets. Further information on the Institute is linked at and about StarPlan at


We seek a highly-motivated individual with a strong background in hydrodynamical simulations of planet formation, preferably with experience in using a state-of-the-art computer code for running massively parallel simulations of the formation of planetesimals or planets. The candidate must possess the credentials necessary to qualify for the PhD programme at the University of Copenhagen.

Job description 

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty are to: 

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision 
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project 
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points 
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project 
  • Participate in national and international conferences and scientific meetings  

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants 

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project 
  • Relevant work experience  
  • Publications  
  • The grade point average achieved  
  • Other professional activities  
  • Language skills  
  • The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills

Formal requirements 

The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree. 

The successful applicant will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD programme at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education. 

Terms of employment 

The position as a PhD fellow is available for a 3-year period.

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around DKK 27,594 (approx. 3,700 EUR) (taxable) plus pension. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2019).   


For further information, please contact Profs. Martin Bizzarro ( or Anders Johansen (
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Application procedure 

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

Your application must include:  

  • Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page)  
  • Full CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used 
  • Name of two personal references  

The deadline for applications is 12 July 2020 at 23:59 GMT.  

Please note that only online applications will be accepted. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.  


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: 12-07-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Globe Institute

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