PhD Project in Theory of Nature-Inspired Algorithms Technical University of Denmark, DTU Compute Denmark

PhD Project in Theory of Nature-Inspired Algorithms

DTU Compute


Apply no later than 20 January 2019

DTU Compute’s Section for Algorithms, Logic and Graphs (AlgoLoG) would like to invite applications for a 3-year PhD position starting April 1, 2019. The project is financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF), Natural Sciences. 

Project Description
The project contributes to the running time analysis of nature-inspired algorithms, a relatively young research area at the interface between theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. The main aim of the project is to analyse the running time and to derive provably efficient parameter settings, including self-adjusting parameter schemes, for evolutionary algorithms in discrete search spaces. Such results are obtained using techniques from the analysis of randomized algorithms, probability theory and computational complexity.

Candidates must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS) in computer science, applied mathematics or related academic qualifications (or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree). Preference will be given to candidates who can document a strong background in the theory of randomized algorithms or of nature-inspired algorithms. Furthermore, a good command of the English language is essential.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the DTU Compute PhD School Programme. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide. 

The assessment of the applicants will be made by: Associate Professor Carsten Witt and Associate Professor, Head of Section Paul Fischer.

We offer 
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further Information
Further information concerning the project can be obtained from Carsten Witt,  

Further information concerning the application is available at the DTU Compute PhD homepage or by contacting PhD coordinator Lene Matthisson +45 4525 3377.

Please submit your online application no later than 20 January 2019 (local time). To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English: 

  • Application (letter of motivation)

  • CV

  • Documentation of a relevant completed M.Sc. or M.Eng.-degree

  • Course and grade list of bachelor and master degrees

  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)


Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Compute has a total staff of 400 including 100 faculty members and 130 Ph.D. students. We offer introductory courses in mathematics, statistics, and computer science to all engineering programmes at DTU and specialised courses to the mathematics, computer science, and other programmes. We offer continuing education courses and scientific advice within our research disciplines, and provide a portfolio of innovation activities for students and employees.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies. 


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