PhD fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science, Department of Computer Science

University of Copenhagen
Department of Computer Science

PhD 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 a PhD position in theoretical computer science commencing 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The PhD student 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 (, 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) by Shanghai Ranking.

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

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