Postdoc position in Ecosystem-Atmosphere Interactions

    Postdoc position in Ecosystem-Atmosphere Interactions

    Postdoc position in Ecosystem-Atmosphere Interactions in an ERC consolidator project assessing emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) from tundra ecosystems to the atmosphere in the Terrestrial Ecology Section within the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 02, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Biology
    – Physical geography
    – Meteorology
    – Biogeochemistry
    SalaryDKK 437.843 / Year
    WorkplaceDepartment of Biology
    Terrestrial Ecology Section
    University of Copenhagen
    Contract Period2 Years


    We are looking for an ambitious, creative, and highly motivated candidate with a PhD in biology, physical geography, meteorology, biogeochemistry, or a related field. Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement, as well as excellent writing skills demonstrated by the publication record.


    A successful candidate also has some experience with processes involving BVOCs or the quantification of BVOCs using GC-MS or PTR-MS techniques. Skills and interest in instrument and method development as well as programming are assets. Although the candidate must be able to work independently, good interpersonal skills are also needed

    About Research project

    Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) influence atmospheric oxidation causing climate feedback thought to be especially significant in remote areas with low anthropogenic emissions, such as the Arctic. Still, we do not understand the dynamics and impact of climatic and biotic BVOC emission drivers in arctic and alpine tundra, which are highly temperature-sensitive BVOC sources. This ERC consolidator project aims to redefine tundra BVOC emission estimates to account for rapid and dramatic climate warming accompanied by effects of vegetation change, permafrost thaw, insect outbreaks and herbivory using multidisciplinary methodology. We will quantify the relationships between leaf and canopy temperatures and BVOC emissions to improve BVOC emission model predictions of emission rates in low-statured tundra vegetation, which efficiently heats up under clear sky. We will experimentally determine the contribution of induced BVOC emissions from insect herbivory in the warming Arctic by field manipulation experiments addressing basal herbivory and insect outbreaks and by stable isotope labelling to identify sources of the induced emission. Complementary laboratory assessment will determine if permafrost thaw leads to significant BVOC emissions from thawing processes and newly available soil processes, or if released BVOCs are largely taken up by soil microbes. We will also use a global network of existing climate warming experiments in alpine tundra to assess how the BVOC emissions from tundra vegetation world-wide respond to climate change. Measurement data will help develop and parameterize BVOC emission models to produce holistic enhanced predictions for global tundra emissions.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The successful candidate will be responsible for developing independent research within the scientific area of the project. This includes data collection in laboratory experiments and/or in the field, processing and interpretation as well as writing scientific publications. The candidate should be willing to join for field expeditions in remote locations.

    How to Apply?

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

    Documents Required

    • a cover letter including statement of research interests and reasons for applying to this position
    • curriculum vitae including a list of publications
    • Copy of the PhD diploma or documentation for planned PhD defense
    • Research plan incl. description of current research and research plans within this project (max. 2 pages)
    • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers
    • Max. 2 reference letters


    Terms of appointment and payment according 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.


    Prof. Riikka Rinnan

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    Postdoc in Ecosystem-Atmosphere Interactions

    Post expires at 8:59am on Monday May 3rd, 2021 (GMT+9)