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PhD fellow(s) in Algorithms

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen (DIKU) is offering PhD scholarships in algorithms expected to commence 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Description of the scientific environment  
The Algorithms Group at DIKU is headed by Professors Mikkel Thorup and Stephen Alstrup. The group is prolific at the topmost conferences like SODA, STOC, and FOCS, e.g. with 10 papers accepted for SODA'18. Adding to the excitement, we have just started the new center Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC, cf. BARC is located at DIKU and organized in collaboration with the IT University of Copenhagen. The aim is 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 algorithmic thinking, typically disseminated in top venues such as STOC, FOCS, and SODA. While the focus of BARC is algorithms theory, we do have a track record of surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications. Finally, it should be mentioned that Computer Science and Engineering at University of Copenhagen was 11th in the 2017 Shanghai Ranking, and 3rd outside the US.  
Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Mikkel Thorup, Department of Computer Science, E-mail, Direct Phone: +45 21179123.  
Job description  
The position is available for a 3-year period if you hold an MSc degree or a 5-year period if you hold a BSc degree (cf. description of the 3+5 PhD programme below) 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  
The candidates must have  
  • a BSc or an MSc degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or a related field and good English skills.  
  • a demonstrated talent within algorithms (the type of algorithms that get published at SODA, STOC, and FOCS). This should be demonstrated by top grades in relevant courses in mathematics or computer science, or at the International Olympiads of Mathematics or Informatics, or by publications at conferences like SODA, STOC, and FOCS.  
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 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  
Integrated and PhD Scheme MSc  
The position is also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at the MSc programme in Computer Science. 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 5,839 each, corresponding to DKK 280,272.  
'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 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 102,586.50.  
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 28,955.15 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 694,923.  
Application Procedure  
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include  
  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the 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 referees  
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 13 November 2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
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 Professor Mikkel Thorup, Department of Computer Science, E-mail, Direct Phone: +45 21179123.  
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at  

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Ansøgningsfrist: 20-11-2017
Ansættelsesdato: 01-01-2018
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Datalogisk Institut

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