PhD positions at DTU Compute at Technical University of Denmark (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Turn your ideas and scientific curiosity into valuable knowledge that makes a difference

You have a Master’s degree or are close to finishing your Master’s degree in the fields of mathematics, statistics or computer science. And then what?  We have the answer. At least if you dream of turning your ideas into technology for the benefit of people by pushing the boundaries of current knowledge in science and engineering.

At DTU Compute you will be part of an internationally renowned research environment counting top class scientists, supervisors and numerous PhD students like yourself. In a combined role (full time with full time salary) you will be both a student and a co-working scientist. When finished, you have build valuable network, friendships as well as achieved research results to be proud of – and by that you have created the best possible foundation for your future career in academia or industry.

Right now, we have PhD students working with e.g. mathematical modelling to fight diabetes, bias in algorithms for Artificial Intelligence, statistical science for big data in energy systems, cybersecurity as well as fundamental scientific discoveries in Mathematics and Computer Science. To put it short. With the right idea everything is possible. You can look for further inspiration in the research description of our 11 research sections here.

Step 1 – contact a potential principal supervisor at DTU Compute
If you want to be our next PhD student and colleague, your first step is to contact a potential principal supervisor at DTU Compute. Together with the supervisor, you will then agree on a particular project and formulate a research proposal that you submit with your application. As part of the preparation process, you will get to visit DTU. Please note that your application must contain an acceptance letter from the supervisor.

Multiple components and learning opportunities
Your tangible goal is to transform from a student to a researcher while carrying out a scientific project and finding new results. We have a well tested road map for that covering your independent research project, a course program, research dissemination and teaching, an external research stay, your thesis and finally your public defence.

However, we also aim to build on you as a human being. For this, we prioritise and provide various social and networking opportunities.

120 ECTS points or equivalent – backed by a curious mindset and persistency
To become a successful PhD student, you need a scientific mindset with a curious approach to learning backed by an additional ability to think innovatively outside the box. As you will face multiple challenges and set backs, you will need persistency and a positive belief in that there always is a solution to a problem at hand. Additionally, you must at start of the assignment bring:

  • A two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or equivalent
  • The degree must be in a relevant field of engineering and science that fits your proposed project
  • High grades
  • Proficiency in written and oral English

Please see the DTU PhD Guide for further information regarding requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the programme.

About DTU Compute
DTU Compute is an internationally unique academic environment spanning the science disciplines mathematics, statistics and computer science. At the same time we are an engineering department covering informatics and communication technologies (ICT) in their broadest sense. Finally, we play a major role in addressing the societal challenges of the digital society where ICT is a part of every industry, service, and human endeavour.

DTU Compute has 11 sections counting a total staff of 400 including 100 faculty members and 130 PhD students. We offer introductory courses to all engineering programmes at DTU and specialised courses to the mathematics, computer science, and other programmes. We offer continuing education courses and scientific advice within our research disciplines, and provide a portfolio of innovation activities for students and employees

Salary and employment terms
The employment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The position is a full-time position. The period of employment is 3 years starting late 2020 or early 2021.

The workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus.

Further information
Further information concerning the positions can be obtained from PhD coordinator Dorte Stebit at +45 4525 5273 / or Head of PhD School, Associate Professor Kim Knudsen at +45 4525 3026 /

Further information concerning the application is available at the DTU Compute PhD homepage.

Please submit your online application no later than 18 October 2020 (local time).

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Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • This cover letter
  • A personal application letter
  • Short description of the proposed PhD project (max 2 pages incl. references)
  • Acceptance in writing from a supervisor at DTU Compute
  • Documentation for B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree incl. list of courses
  • Excel sheet with calculation of weighted grade average (link here)
  • CV (incl. list of publications or other research experience)
  • Short CV incl. list of publications for the potential supervisor(s)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, nationality, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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