PhD fellow in Computer Science University of Copenhagen, Human-Centered Computing Section of Department of Computer Science (DIKU) Denmark

PhD fellow in Computer Science


The Human-Centered Computing Section of Department of Computer Science (DIKU), Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Computer Science commencing Summer 2019 (a later start date is negotiable).


Description of the scientific environment 

The HCC section at DIKU is a dynamic group of about 25 faculty, postdocs, PhD students, and other researchers working on an exciting variety of human-centered-computing research, including virtual reality, fabrication, mobile and wearable computing, and healthcare. We offer a research environment with much freedom: to a large extent, you shape the research you work on and the ideas you pursue. We are one of the top research groups for HCI, with 10 papers published at CHI 2018. 

We have extensive facilities with large labs for fabrication, virtual reality, and user studies. We are located in the heart of Copenhagen, a dynamic city of about a million people, with great art, culture, food, and outdoor opportunities.  


Project description 

At the HCC section, we are exploring the future of interactive fabrication technologies. Fabrication technology is becoming cheaper, smarter, and more capable—not just 3D printers, but also laser cutters, CNC mills, sewing and embroidery machines, and others. How can non-experts use these technologies for utility, fun, or creativity? How can fabricated objects become interactive and responsive? Can we sidestep complex software and empower people to design directly in the real world? We are searching for a highly creative PhD student passionate about helping anyone to design and fabricate anything they can imagine. 



We are looking for applicants who are highly self-motivated, who can display evidence of skill in creatively working in both digital and physical realms. Besides this qualification, the key criteria of excellence for the assessment of the candidates are:

  • Scientific publication(s) in recognized, peer-reviewed venues 
  • Grades that document an outstanding academic record 
  • Awards and honors 
  • Professional qualifications and work experience 
Candidates who do not stand out in at least one these criteria will not be considered for the position. 
The principal supervisor is Associate Professor Dr. Daniel Ashbrook, Department of Computer Science, . 
Job description 
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 
  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department 
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Computer Science or a related area with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. 
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 at a minimum DKK 322,642 (approx. €43,015) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme 
The position is also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Computer Science or a related field. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme please see:, “Study Structures”. 
Scholarship and terms of employment for integrated MSc and PhD 
PhD grant portions (Ph.D.‐SU klip) 
In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies. 
48 PhD grant portions at DKK 6,090 each, corresponding to DKK 292,320 (approx. €38,975). 


'Duty work' 
As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered 'duty work'. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing 'duty work' are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of 'duty work' per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). 'Duty work' during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 214.16 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 108,418.50 (approx. €14,450) 
For further information about Part A please see:   
Salary in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional 
Associations (AC) 
In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 30,600 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 734,420 (approx. €97,900). 

Application Procedure 

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


Please include 
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional references 

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


The deadline for applications is  7 April 2019, 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. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above-mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at 


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor Dr. Daniel Ashbrook, Department of Computer Science, . 


General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at 

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