PhD fellowship in Ancient DNA and Palaeoecology of Arctic Marine Mammals at the Globe Institute

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 3-year PhD fellowship in Ancient DNA and Palaeoecology of Arctic Marine Mammals. The position will commence on 15th August 2024, or as soon as possible hereafter.

Our group and research
The successful candidate will be part of the Molecular Ecology and Global Climate Change group, led by Professor Eline Lorenzen, within the Section for Molecular Ecology & Evolution based at the Globe Institute. In the group, we integrate biomolecular data from past and present populations of mammal species, in combination with ecological modelling, to understand patterns and drivers of eco-evolutionary change. We are an international group of PhD students and postdocs. We are currently six people in the group -  from Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, and the US. Our work is interdisciplinary and highly collaborative, and we work towards fostering an inclusive, supportive, and team oriented work environment. 

The Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution is one of six research sections at Globe Institute. The research of the section is driven by curiosity and shared excitement for scientific collaboration and discovery and we value a diverse and inclusive scientific environment that fosters creativity. Information on the institute can be found at

Your job

The PhD project, as part of the Carlsberg Foundation funded project INTERACT, will examine the Holocene history of Arctic marine mammals, by investigating fossil specimens of several species (incl. beluga, bowhead, polar bear) with ancient DNA and stable isotope analysis. Specifically, your research would focus on investigating patterns of demographic change and shifts in foraging ecology. The fossil data will be understood in the context of the genomic diversity and structuring of contemporary populations. The project includes working in a clean lab environment for ancient DNA data generation, and bioinformatic processing and analysis of the data. The PhD student is expected to first-author papers in international peer-reviewed journals. The PhD student will work closely with collaborators in Canada and Greenland during the project, and with the other members of the Molecular Ecology and Global Climate Change group.

Principal supervisor is Professor Eline Lorenzen, Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen,

Start:               15 August 2024

Duration:         3 years as a PhD fellow

 Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at Globe Institute  are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
  • Participating in active research environments including conducting a stay at another research institution
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
You must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. ancient DNA, palaeoecology, evolutionary ecology, population genomics, or a related field. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two year duration).

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

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Documented experience working in a molecular biology lab; experience working in a clean lab environment is a plus
  • Strong bioinformatic skills
  • Experience with quantitative analysis of data
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in combining molecular lab work in the natural and cultural history of the Arctic
  • Proficient communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work in teams, and an openness to other cultures
  • Excellent English skills, written and spoken

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Globe Institute, Øster Farimagsgade 5A, 1014 Copenhagen K, Denmark.

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 address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. 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. Check this part of our 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. The university offers a variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families. See the International Staff Mobility website for more details.

 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 3 years. The starting date is 15th of August 2024 or after agreement.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at 28,448 DKK/approximately 3,825 EUR (October 2022 level) plus pension.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Copy of MSc thesis

4. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in a language other than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: . Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

5. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline: 13 May 2024, 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. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

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 find information about the recruitment process at:

The applicants 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: 13-05-2024
Employment start: 15-08-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution

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