PhD Fellowships in Theoretical Computer Science
University of Copenhagen Department of Computer Science

PhD fellowships in Theoretical Computer Science

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen (DIKU) is offering PhD positions in theoretical computer science commencing 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Description of the scientific environment
The PhD students will be working in the research group of Jakob Nordström. Much of the research revolves about gaining a better theoretical understanding of powerful algorithmic paradigms such as, e.g., SAT solving, Gröbner basis computations, integer linear programming, and/or semidefinite programming. This leads to classic questions in computational complexity theory – though often with new, interesting twists – but can also involve work on designing new algorithms that can exploit the power of such paradigms in practice. Our research has revealed deep, and sometimes surprising, connections to other topics such as, e.g., circuit complexity, communication complexity, and hardness of approximation, and so the project may also involve research in these areas.

The Algorithms and Complexity Section at DIKU is part of an exciting environment including the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre (, joint with the IT University of Copenhagen, and extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Lund University on the Swedish side of the Øresund bridge. We aim to attract top talent from around the world to an ambitious, creative, collaborative, and fun environment. Using the power of mathematics, we strive to create fundamental breakthroughs in algorithms and complexity theory. 

Further information about the department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Jakob Nordström at 

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

To be eligible to apply for these positions, applicants need to have or be close to obtaining a MSc degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related field.

The successful candidates are expected to have a strong background and passionate interest in mathematics and theoretical computer science. Problem solving skills and creativity are a must. Applicants need to be strongly motivated for doctoral studies; should possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis, and also have good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities and good English language skills.

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 328.355 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,360). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include 
•    Curriculum vitae.
•    Brief statement as to why the applicant wishes to conduct doctoral studies, including a description of the applicant's qualifications and interests. 
•    Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
•    Other information for consideration, e.g., MSc thesis and any research publications.
•    Name and address for three references who might be contacted for reference letters later in the recruitment process.

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 10 February 2020, 23:59 GMT +1. 

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 Jakob Nordström at 
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 10-02-2020
Employment start: 01-09-2020
Department/Location: Department of Computer Science

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