The University of Copenhagen in Denmark is inviting applications for PhD fellowships in Theoretical Computer Science in the 2021/22 academic session.

Project details:

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.

Worth of Award

  • 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.


  • To be eligible to apply for these positions, applicants need to have or be close to obtaining 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.
  • 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

How to Apply

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW on their website.

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.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is January 24, 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

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