Postdoctoral position in entomology at the Center of Macroecology, Evolution and Climate/ Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Center of Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the Natural History Museum of Denmark has an open postdoctoral position in entomology. The center has been established with funds from the Danish National Research Foundation ("Danmarks Grundforskningsfond"), the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark. It is a long-term funded Center of Excellence that started 1st of January 2010. It will integrate terrestrial and marine research in a cross-disciplinary research program addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth.

The center will bring together ca. 40 marine and terrestrial high-profile scientists, postdoctoral scientists, PhD-students as well as technical and administrative staff. The center will juxtapose faculty staff scientists from the fields of macroecology, historical biogeography, oceanography, evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics, who have been assigned to the center from the Department of Biology, the Natural History Museum of Denmark, and Forest & Landscape (all University of Copenhagen) and the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (Technical University of Denmark).

The postdoctoral position in entomology is to work on species diversity patterns of arthropods in the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. The preferred candidate will become responsible for a new arthropod inventory program which the museum is launching in the Udzungwa National Park, Tanzania and the position will therefore require substantial and physically demanding fieldwork in Tanzania. The aims of the project are to investigate faunal turnover along altitudinal and longitudinal transects for selected groups of arthropods (alpha and beta diversity) and to further develop and promote standards, techniques and methodologies for state of the art and cost-efficient biodiversity inventories and assessments.

We seek a candidate with strong publication records within the topic of the postdoc position, strong analytical and data handling skills, experience with tropical fieldwork, and an ability to communicate within a cross-disciplinary research team. Taxonomical knowledge on the level of arthropod orders would be favorable.
The appointment is for 1-2 years. Starting time is negotiable, but preferably as soon as possible.

Specific inquiries concerning the position should be directed to Nikolaj Scharff, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Section of Entomology, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark E-mail:; Phone: +45 35321107.

The application must be in English and submitted online at The application must include the following appendices:

  • Curriculum vitae with documentation of education
  • Complete publication list
  • Description of previous research experience
  • Contact details of 3 referees.

Applications should be received no later than March 1st, 2013. Application received after the deadline will not be considered.

Terms of appointment and payment in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Post docs salary is based on seniority and is currently between 31.800 kr. and 33.500 kr. plus pension contribution.

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