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PhD Positions in Theoretical Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science (DIKU) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for PhD positions in theoretical computer science.

Description of the Scientific Environment

The PhD students will be working in the Algorithms and Complexity Section at DIKU. This is one of the leading research groups in theoretical computer science in Europe, with a strong presence at top-tier conferences like STOC, FOCS, and SODA, and also with publications in premier AI conferences like AAAI and IJCAI. We are part of an exciting environment including the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre (barc.ku.dk), joint with the IT University of Copenhagen, and have extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Lund University on the Swedish side of the Øresund 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 the 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. Within computer science, it is ranked number one in the European Union (post-Brexit) in the Shanghai Ranking.

These PhD positions are full-time employed positions for a period of 3-5 years, depending on the education level of the candidate, and include an extended stay at some research institution abroad. The expected starting date is October 2020, although this is to some extent negotiable.

Qualifications

To be eligible to apply for these positions, applicants need to have or be about to obtain either a BSc or an 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, as demonstrated by excellent grades in relevant courses, or by results at the Olympiads of Mathematics or Informatics, or by publication in relevant internationally recognized conferences or journals. 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 communicative abilities and English language skills.

The working language of the group is English, and knowledge of English is also fully sufficient to navigate life in Denmark in general. It might also be worth mentioning that Denmark routinely scores at the absolute top in rankings of quality of life such as, e.g., the OECD Better Life Index.

Application

The application deadline is July 6, 2020 at midnight local time.

Applications must be submitted via the UCPH recruitment system. Please see the official advertisement at employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=151972 for more details including a link to the application form.

The application should include the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. Brief statement as to why the applicant wishes to conduct doctoral studies, including a description of the applicant's qualifications and interests.
  3. Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc).
  4. If applicable, acceptance letter for the relevant MSc programme at the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen.
  5. Other information for consideration, e.g., BSc/MSc thesis or research publications.
  6. Possibly 1-3 reference letters.

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

Further Information and Contact Details

Further information about the Department of Computer Science (DIKU) can be found at di.ku.dk.

Inquiries about the positions can be made to Mikkel Thorup at mthorup@di.ku.dk or +45 21179123, or to Jakob Nordström at jn@di.ku.dk or +46 70 742 21 98.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is available at www.science.ku.dk/phd.

Published by: Jakob Nordström <jakobn~at-sign~kth~dot~se>
Updated 2020-06-15