Post Doc in Human Evolution in the Anthropocene
University of Copenhagen Natural History Museum of Denmark

Postdoc of Human Evolution in the Anthropocene

We are looking for a postdoc in Human Evolution in the Anthropocene at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen. The successful candidate will assist the Museum Director, Professor Peter C. Kjærgaard, in working on the new permanent gallery on the Human Family for the new national museum for nature in central Copenhagen opening in 2023. This includes research for the gallery and being a member of the interdisciplinary museum team working on the gallery. Furthermore, the postdoc will work closely with Peter C. Kjærgaard and Professor Mark Maslin, University College London, on developing and fundraising for research projects relating to Human Evolution in the Anthropocene.

The post may also include performance of other duties. 

Further information about the Natural History Museum of Denmark is here: Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Peter C. Kjærgaard (

The position is a fixed term position for 2 years and is open from 1 November 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

About Us

Natural history museums have never been more important. The impact of climate change and anthropogenic forces on plant and animal life has reached a critical point. We need action to build a more sustainable relationship with nature. The Natural History Museum of Denmark is the national museum for nature. We work to empower citizens to connect with nature with the aim to create positive change for life on Earth. We want to inspire, engage and enable people to enjoy, understand, and care for the diversity of the natural world.

We are currently building a new Danish national museum for nature. One big museum site in the Botanical Garden at the centre of Copenhagen will host state-of-the-art laboratories, outstanding research collections, new public galleries, and combined facilities for programming, education, and science citizenship. Over the next few years the museum aims to change the way people think about and use natural history museums.

The Natural History Museum of Denmark supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development 

The Natural History Museum of Denmark is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disabled status. We are actively promoting a strategy to improve the gender balance among scientific staff. 

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 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). 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)
-    Research plan – description of current and future research plans
-    Complete publication list
-    Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 21 August 2020, 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


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: 21-08-2020
Employment start: 01-11-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Natural History Museum of Denmark

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