PhD fellowship in Climate impacts on pollinators and crop yield along an elevation gradient in Tanzania at the Globe Institute

Copenhagen University
March 15, 2024
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We are offering a PhD fellowship in Climate impacts on pollinators and crop yield along an elevation gradient in Tanzania commencing 15th of July 2024 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Our groups and research The successful candidate will be part of the Dalsgaard Group within the Section for Molecular Ecology & Evolution based at the GLOBE Institute. The main focus of the Dalsgaard Group is on mutualistic interactions, especially pollination, and how climate and geography more broadly affects pollination. The Globe Institute's main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural and medical sciences and the humanities. While the main aim of the Globe Institute is scientific advances in basic research, it also seeks to transform these into societal outputs. The Globe Institute is an international node of scientific excellence, composed of multidisciplinary centres of research excellence. The successful candidate will also be part of the LAND lab within the section of Geography at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. The focus of the LAND lab is on how forests and trees can contribute to people's livelihoods and food and nutrition security.

Project description

This PhD project will examine how changing climatic conditions influence pollinator diversity and pollination limitation of food crops grown by smallholder farmers along an elevation and climate gradient in the Eastern Arc Mountains (EAMs) in Tanzania. To design climate smart and pollinator friendly agricultural systems, the PhD student will also use future climate scenarios and species distribution models (SDMs) to model the future distribution of the pollinators of the crops grown in the EAMs. The PhD student should be prepared to collect data for approximately 8 months in 2025-2026 in Tanzania. The PhD student is expected to first-author papers in international peer-reviewed journals. The PhD project is part of the DANIDA funded project “Climate, pollinator biodiversity, crop pollination and people´s livelihoods”, meaning that the PhD student will work closely together with three PhD students hired at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania, and local partners at SUA and TAFORI, Tanzania. The project is funded by the Danida fellowship Centre.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Bo Dalsgaard, Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen, [email protected], Direct Phone: +45 42324553. Co-supervisor and Co-PI is Associate Professor Laura Vang Rasmussen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, [email protected], Direct Phone: +45 35325860.

Start: 15 07 2024

Duration: 3 years as a PhD fellow

Job description Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at SUND are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision.
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.
  • Participating in active research environments including conducting a stay at another research institution.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project
  • Key criteria for the assessment of applicants Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master's degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. ecology or related field. Please note that your master's degree must be equivalent to a Danish master's degree (two years).

    Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Interest in conducting field work, including working remotely and in challenging field conditions
  • Field work experience, preferably focused on plant-pollinator interactions and natural history
  • Experience with quantitative analysis of data, preferable in R
  • Good interpersonal skills, an interest in working within a team, openness to different cultures and a flexible mind set
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in combining field work data with modelling
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • A valid driving licence
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Place of employment

    The place of employment is at the Section for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Globe Institute, Øster Farimagsgade 5A, 1014 Copenhagen K.

    About Globe Institute The Globe Institute is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Institute's main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural and medical sciences and the humanities. Information on the institute can be found at: https: // www.

    The Globe Institute is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment where employees and students can belong and thrive. See website for more information. All qualified applicants will receive full consideration. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, contribute to diversity and competencies of our Institute are encouraged to apply. The University of Copenhagen strives to offer a family friendly and flexible working environment with a sustainable balance between work- and private life, including parental leave schemes (up to 47 weeks for both parents) and up to six weeks of paid holidays per year. The university offers a variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families.

    Terms of employment The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

    The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The starting date is 15th of July 2024 or after agreement.

    The employment is conditioned upon the applicant's success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

    The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty's rules on achieving the degree.

    Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at 28,448 DKK/approximately 3,825 EUR (October 2022 level) plus pension.

    Questions For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

    General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School's website: https: //

    Application procedure Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now' below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

    1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

    2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

    3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master's degree must be equivalent to a Danish master's degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https: // assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

    4. Publication list (if possible)

    Application deadline: 15 March 2024 , 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.

    Assessment committee members

    The assessment committee consist of Associate Professor Bo Dalsgaard (Globe Institute, UCPH), Associate Professor Laura Vang Rasmussen (Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, UCPH), Director William Kindeketa (Tanzania Botanical Research and Conservation Programme) and Dr. Jumanne Moshi Abdallah (Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)).

    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.

    The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

    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 find information about the recruitment process at: https: //

    The applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

    The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

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