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Up to two PhD scholarships in the field of Big Data Analytics-algorithms and machine learning, Denmark


One or two (3+5) PhD positions are available at the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen (DIKU). The candidates who are awarded the scholarships must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 February 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

 The PhD students will be part of a strong team in algorithms and machine learning at DIKU, working on theoretical computer science published in e.g. STOC, FOCS, SODA, NIPS, ICML, AISTATS and COLT, but also conducting experimental work in cooperation with industry or public partners. We have access to huge data and the experimental work is expected to have impact on at least millions of people.

The PhD students and the team are part of the DAnish Center for Big Data Analytics and Innovation (DABAI). DABAI involves researchers from University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark and Aarhus University. The PhD student(s) will work with colleagues from all the involved universities but will be anchored at the Algorithm research group at University of Copenhagen.

The team at DIKU – encompassed in DABAI - is involved in other strong Big Data initiatives. More information about these initiatives and the team can be found at


The PhD students should - during the project - produce strong theory papers, experimental papers, some implementation, and cooperate with other researchers from different departments and universities, in addition to cooperation with industry partners. That includes working on theory and implementation of algorithms for the domains in focus in the project. The primary industry partner/focus for the team at DIKU will be companies making software for education. However cooperation with Danish municipalities and Regions (and with focus on other domains) may also be an option. 

3+5 programme

When applying for a SU PhD scholarship (3+5), you must be able to document relevant qualifications in the academic area of the PhD project in the form of a Bachelor’s degree. A prerequisite for allocation of SU PhD scholarships is that these qualifications are acquired no later than 31 January 2017.

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Applicants are requested to submit their application below including:

  • A cover letter (max. 1 page) including two lines of motivation, stating when the applicant can start, and any information needed to read and understand the remaining appendix.
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • List of publications (if relevant) incl. papers accepted or submitted for publication and title of thesis
  • Title and abstract of bachelor thesis
  • Transcript of university examinations (in English)
  • Contact details of 1-2 persons for references

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


Applicants must document their successful Bachelor degree by a high grade point average (GPA) on at least 10 in the Danish system or equivalent, excellent English skills, written and oral and good communication and interpersonal skills.

Procedures and shortlisting

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. An expert assessment committee decides if the applicant is qualified or not. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant himself/herself. The Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee, will make the final selection of successful candidates.

Terms of salary and employment

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 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.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 23 December 2016

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