Postdoc or Assistant Professor Fellowship at the Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN)

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Niels Bohr Institutet, Københavns Universitet
Cosmic DAWN Center (UCPH / DTU)
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) invites applications for the DAWN Fellowship at the postdoctoral or assistant professor level.

DAWN Fellowships are intended for outstanding scientists whose research falls within DAWN’s research themes focused on the early Universe: high-redshift galaxy evolution, reionization and evolution of the IGM, first stars and galaxies, dust and ISM in the early universe, 21cm cosmology and dark matter. DAWN Fellows are expected to pursue their own independent, cutting-edge research programs. Highly motivated candidates with strong background and interest in JWST and/or ALMA observations or in the large-scale distribution of early galaxies are particularly encouraged to apply.

DAWN is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) and is located at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen and the Space division of the Danish Technical University (DTU-Space). In addition, DAWN has a number of associates at major research institutes across Europe, North America, and Australia. DAWN brings together experts in all aspects of early universe research and is deeply involved in major existing and upcoming surveys with e.g., HST, ALMA, Euclid and JWST, as well as simulations. Examples of major JWST surveys include CosmosWeb, FRESCO and PANORAMIC. DAWN Fellows are encouraged to collaborate with DAWN’s international associates and have the opportunity to supervise students and to apply for grants and observing proposals as PI.

More information on DAWN’s activities and researchers is available at

The position is offered as either a Postdoc fellowship or Assistant Professor depending on the qualification of the applicant. Please note that it is possible to apply for both levels, which requires two separate applications.

DAWN Fellowships are for up to three years.  The employment is scheduled to begin in fall 2023 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

The deadline for applications is 2 December 2022, 23:59 GMT+1.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically through the UCPH HR system at

Please include:

   Research plan – maximum 3 pages including figures and references, description of current and future research plans

   Complete publication list – please indicate 3-5 particularly relevant papers

   Cover letter – maximum 1 page, describing your motivation for applying to DAWN

   Curriculum vitae, including a list of up to 3 people who could be contacted for references and, if applicable, a description of career breaks

   Diplomas (Master and PhD degree, or equivalent)

   Only for applicants interested in an assistant professorship: If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications – please describe and document:

o                        Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students

o                        Teaching experience

o                        Formal pedagogical training

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Included Benefits:

DAWN Fellows and postdocs receive generous support for computing, travel, and publication expenses. Most non-Danish researchers are eligible for a favorable tax scheme. Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life.

We offer an attractive starting salary plus pension. Negotiation for a salary supplement is possible. Benefits include six weeks paid vacation and generous benefits including: pension, full health cover (also for family), paid sick leave and paid parental leave. More on employment conditions and living in Copenhagen:



Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Oct 22
Application Deadline
2022 Dec 02


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