Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science
University of Copenhagen Department of Computer Science

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science

Postdoctoral fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science

Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen


The Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen (DIKU) is offering postdoctoral positions in theoretical computer science tentatively commencing 1 September 2024 (but the starting date is negotiable).

The postdoc’s duties will include research within Theoretical Computer Science as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Description of the scientific environment
The PostDoc will be part of a world-leading research environment in Theoretical Computer Science. We are home to the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre joint with the IT University of Copenhagen, and have extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and with Lund University on the Swedish side of the Oresund Bridge, as well as with our many visitors.

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. While our focus in on theoretical research, we do have a track record of surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe.

Further information about the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of Science can be found here. Inquiries about the positions can be made to Mikkel Abrahamsen (, Jakob Nordström (, Rasmus Pagh (, or Mikkel Thorup ( Candidates interested in working with other faculty from DIKU at the BARC center are also encouraged to apply.

Job description
These are full-time research positions. Teaching of advanced courses is encouraged but not required. Travel funding is included, and the group also receives visitors on a regular basis.

The University of Copenhagen is currently expanding strongly in computer science. We expect to have tenure-track openings in theoretical computer science in the near future, and welcome postdoctoral researchers interested in exploring such opportunities.


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


Formal requirements

Applicants should have or be about to receive a PhD degree in a subject relevant for the research area and should have a passionate interest in research. The successful candidate is expected to have a solid background in theoretical computer science and mathematics and should have a strong research record as witnessed by publications in top conferences such as STOC, FOCS, SODA, CCC, SoCG, or similar, or in journals of a comparable quality.


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

Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (PhD and MSc or equivalent).
  • List of publications including links to the applicant’s pages at DBLP and Google Scholar.
  • Brief research statement with description of research so far and future research goals and interests, and with a short description of 3 selected papers.
  • Copies of the above 3 selected papers.
  • Name and address for three references who might be contacted for reference letters later in the recruitment process.



For specific information about the postdoc positions,  please contact Mikkel Abrahamsen (, Jakob Nordström (,  Rasmus Pagh (, or Mikkel Thorup (


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.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The deadline for applications is 10 January 2024 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.

You can read about the recruitment process here


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.


Jakob Nordström


Mikkel Vind Abrahamsen


Rasmus Pagh


Mikkel Thorup


Application deadline: 10-01-2024
Employment start: 01-09-2024
Department/Location: Department of Computer Science

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