HM Queen Margrethe II´s and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir's Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate and Society (ROCS)

Target group

Postdoctoral researchers within the natural sciences and the humanities and social sciences.


Eight two-year postdoctoral fellowships, five within the natural sciences and three within the humanities and social sciences.


Closed for application. 

For a more information, consult the call for proposals.

What are the objectives?

The research center was established by the Carlsberg Foundation in collaboration with the Icelandic authorities on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Queen Margrethe II. and the 90th birthday of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the former president of Iceland, in April this year. The aim of the interdisciplinary research center is to increase our understanding of the interaction between climate and the ecosystems of the ocean and their importance to culture and society in Iceland.

The Carlsberg Foundation contributes about ISK 500 million (DKK 25 million) to the project and the Icelandic authorities ISK 240 million.

ROCS, which will be based at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Iceland, will be headed by Professor Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with several Danish and Icelandic researchers. The grant will mainly be used for the recruitment of young talented researchers, primarily at postdoc level, who must divide their time between both universities during the project period. They will play a crucial role in strengthening the collaboration between the Danish and Icelandic researchers affiliated with the research center.

What is funded?

Five two-year postdoctoral fellowships within the natural sciences focusing specifically on using molecular proxies to unravel historical climate-ecosystem relationships on land an in the ocean and mapping relationships between climate conditions and the marine biosphere in the Anthropocene; on identifying climate induced changes in ocean processes; and on using tephra chronology to establish robust age models for marine and terrestrial sediment cores.

Three two-year postdoctoral fellowships within the humanities and social sciences focusing specifically on the ocean and the implications of climate change for Icelandic culture and social life.

A previous strong connection to Danish research is not required.

Applicants with more than five years of experience since obtaining their PhD degree are not eligible. Any periods of leave will be accepted as extensions of this time limit (maternity leave, paternity leave, family care leave, illness, military service, etc.). If the applicant has not yet obtained a PhD degree by 1 October, a copy of the assessment of the PhD thesis must be submitted no later than 1 November at noon (CET) to an email in the call for proposals.

The role of Rannís

In addition to its role in the preparations for the center, Rannís is a national contact point for support and information. Further, Rannís organises the assessment process in conjunction with the Carlsberg Foundation.

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