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Postdoc of Exolife Science, project 1 in the synergy project: "Effects of bacteria on atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and exoplanets", at the Department of Boilogy

We seek a candidate for a postdoctoral fellowship in Exolife Science (i.e. the overlap field between biology, physics, astronomy and chemistry) supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation under the Synergy project “Effects of bacteria on atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and exoplanets”, which involve staff at University of Copenhagen from the Niels Bohr Institute, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology. The project is part of a total of 6 new positions. The candidates will work as a team with the common goal of deepening our understanding of the global interaction of life with its surroundings in terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments.

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The main goal of this project, titled “Physiological adaptations and genomic characterization of microbial extremophiles”, is to manipulate the genomes of selected bacterial, archaeal and fungal isolates in order to enhance their abilities to survive and/or sustain activity under extreme environmental conditions, e.g. simulated Martian conditions. The genomic manipulations will include microbial taxa where stable genomic constructs often prove challenging to establish, e.g. cyanobacteria. The work will include genetic and physiological characterization of the main isolates to establish the genetic and physiological background for microbial adaptations to the main environmental challenges relating to life on other planets.

The Post Doc will be associated with the Effects of bacteria on atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and exoplanets project under the supervision of Professor Anders Priemé, Department of Biology, email:, direct phone: (+45) 51827033. The co-supervisor will be Associate professor Jan O. M. Härter, Niels Bohr Institute, email:, direct phone: (+45) 60748750.

The postdoc’s duties will include research within biology, physics, astronomy or chemistry, as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Anders Priemé, Department of Biology, email:, direct phone: (+45) 51827033.

The position is open from 15th of August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The duration of the position two years with a possible extension for a third year.

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

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 436.730 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.681). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Description of current and past research and your vision about how your experience could further the research project outlined above
  • Complete publication list
  • Reference to 3 of your papers that you consider particularly relevant
The deadline for applications is 15 April 2021, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews are tentatively scheduled to be held online during May 2021, with potential offers being issued soon thereafter.

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