Post Doc in Island Extinctions

University of Copenhagen Globe Institute


Postdoc in Island Extinctions at GLOBE Institute

We are looking for a highly-motivated and dynamic researcher for a 3-year postdoc position, commencing 1 January 2021 or soon hereafter. You will work on understanding and modelling historical species extinctions on oceanic islands, focusing on incorporating interspecific interactions in modelling framework.

The position will be based at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen. Information on the department can be found at:  

Our group and research

The successful candidate will be part of the Borregaard Group within CMEC. CMEC is a center of excellence with a cross-disciplinary research program. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth. The 40+ researchers at CMEC currently represent 14 different nationalities and the working language is English. The center juxtaposes faculty staff scientists from the fields of macroecology, historical biogeography, oceanography, evolutionary biology, community ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics.

Within CMEC, the Borregaard Group focuses on understanding the dynamics of diversity on oceanic islands. The group currently consists of group leader Michael K. Borregaard, a PhD student and a number of MSc students. We combine local studies and field work with global analyses and multi-scale simulation models to understand species extinction on islands, and its implications for biodiversity in general. Our main focus is on islands over large time scales, but we are increasingly focusing on understanding what drives anthropogenic extinction of species on islands – undeniably the global hotspot of the global extinction crisis.

Project description and your job

This project aims to describe and understand the processes that led to the extinction of island species in historic time, by taking a multi-species probabilistic modelling approach. A team consisting of the PI, a PhD student and the postdoc will compile data on extinct and extant species of birds, plants and snails on the world’s oceanic islands, combined with island-level changes in factors implicated as drivers of extinction, and integrate these into a multi-species spatially explicit hierarchical simulation model parameterized on the data. The model and supporting software should be implemented in the highly efficient programming language Julia. The postdoc is expected to focus specifically on the multi-species element and the role of species interactions in driving extinction and modulating the response to others stressors. Based on this work, you would be expected to several papers in international peer-reviewed journals. You would also be expected to assist in teaching and supervise MSc student thesis projects. The project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Michael Krabbe Borregaard, GLOBE Institute,, +45 27 58 46 23.


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

Essential experience and skills:

  • A PhD in ecology or a related field (at the time of expected start in the position)
  • A good publication record in the international peer-reviewed literature
  • Experience with scientific data analysis and modelling
  • Experience with a computer language such as Julia, Python or R
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience in teaching and supervising undergraduate and MSc students
  • Experience in Julia or a desire to learn and use the language
  • Experience with working with inter-specific interactions and their evolutionary and ecological consequences
  • An interest in combining field work data with modelling
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in how humanity can navigate current ecological crises

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the GLOBE Institute, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Information on CMEC and the GLOBE Institute can be found at: and

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Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date is 1 January 2021 or soon thereafter (no later than 1 March 2021).

The terms of employment are set according to the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations or other relevant professional organization. The position will be at the level of postdoctoral fellow and the basic salary according to seniority. Currently, the salary starts at 34.650 DKK/approx. 4,.650 Euro (April 2020-level). A supplement could be negotiated, dependent on the candidate ́s experiences and qualifications. In addition a monthly contribution of 17.1% of the salary is paid into a pension fund.

Non-Danish 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 “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 11, 2019.


For further information please contact Michael Borregaard at

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) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

Application deadline: 13 September 2020, 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. 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.

Interviews are expected to be held in week 39 [21-25 September 2020].

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


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.


Michael Krabbe Borregaard


Application deadline: 13-09-2020
Employment start: 01-01-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Globe Institute

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