Wednesday, May 9, 2018

[DMANET] PhD fellow(s) in Algorithms at Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen

*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 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

*Description of the scientific environment *
The Algorithms Section at DIKU is headed by Professor Mikkel Thorup. The
group is prolific at the topmost conferences like SODA, STOC, and FOCS,
e.g. with 10 papers presented at 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

*Job description *
The position is available for a 3-year period 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

*Formal requirements *
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

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 317.459 including annual
supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.852). Negotiation for salary supplement
is possible.

*Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme *
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

*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
- 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 1 July 2018 23:59 GMT +2.* 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

*Questions *
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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