ITU Copenhagen is seeking a PhD Student for basic research in algorithms at the BARC Center

  • IT-Universitetet i København
  • Rued Langgaards Vej 7 2300 København Denmark
  • 25/03/2020


The BARC Center for Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen ( is seeking a PhD student, to be employed at IT University of Copenhagen (ITU).

BARC is a leading center for fundamental algorithmic research, headed by VILLUM Investigator Mikkel Thorup. BARC’s core researchers at ITU, and possible supervisors for the PhD student, are Rasmus Pagh and Thore Husfeldt. The aim of BARC 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. The ideal candidate will have proven their potential through one or more of: 1) an outstanding MSc thesis, 2) publishing in leading international venues for algorithms theory, or 3) successful participation in international competitions in informatics or mathematics.

The position is for 3 or 4 years depending on previous studies, starting 1 September 2020, or soon thereafter.

Qualification Requirements
The following qualifications are required:

  • 3 year programme: candidates should have an MSc (or equivalent) in computer science or mathematics
  • 4 year programme: candidates should have a BSc in computer science or mathematics

The application must be in English and must include:

  • A cover letter;
  • A statement of purpose, which provides evidence of independent thinking, novelty and originality, and a state of the art grasp of the targeted research field matching the project description above;
  • Documentation of academic degree(s); grade transcripts that documents outstanding academic achievement;
  • Curriculum Vitae, which must include two professional/academic references;
  • Applications may also include a relevant scientific publication written by the applicant, or the applicants master thesis. Letters of recommendation can also be included in the application.

Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.

Early contact with our faculty staff is strongly encouraged.

General information
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.

Successful applicants will be employed and enrolled at the ITU University for a period of 3 or 4 years depending on the university degree level of the applicant.

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

Application procedure
You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our website:

Please, read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form. You can see the guidelines through this link:

Applications must be written in English. All other documents, such as transcripts must be accompanied by a translation in English or Danish.

Questions about the positions can be directed to Thore Husfeldt, IT University of Copenhagen, on email

The applicant will be assessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.

The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. I In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

Application deadline: 14 April 2020, at 23:59 CEST.

Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.