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Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science (DIKU) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for postdoc positions in theoretical computer science.

The Scientific Environment

We are looking for outstanding junior researchers with an innovative mind-set and intellectual curiosity to strengthen and complement the research profile of the Algorithms and Complexity Section at DIKU, which is a world-leading research environment in theoretical computer science. We are home to the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre (barc.ku.dk), joint with the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU), and have extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and with 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 our focus in on foundational research, we do have a track record of surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.

Job Description

These postdoc positions are full-time research positions for a duration of two years. Teaching of advanced courses is encouraged but not required. Travel funding is included, and we are also receiving visitors from all over the world on a regular basis. The starting date is negotiable, but the default would be in August-September 2024.

The University of Copenhagen is currently expanding strongly in computer science. We expect to have tenure-track openings in in the coming years, and welcome postdoctoral researchers interested in exploring such opportunities.


Applicants should have or be about to receive a PhD degree in a subject relevant for the research area, and should have a passionate interest in research. The successful candidate is expected to have a solid background in computer science and mathematics, and should have a strong research record as witnessed by publications in top conferences such as STOC, FOCS, SODA, SoCG, CCC, or similar, or in journals of a comparable quality.

The working language of the group is English, and knowledge of English is also fully sufficient to navigate every-day life in Scandinavia in general. It might also be worth mentioning that Scandinavian countries routinely score at the absolute top in rankings of quality of life such as, e.g., the OECD Better Life Index.


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 2nd in the European Union (post-Brexit) by ShanghaiRanking.

Further information about the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of Science can be found at www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/.


The application deadline is January 10, 2024 at midnight local time.

Applications must be submitted via the University of Copenhagen recruitment system. Please see the official advertisement for more details including a link to the application form.

The application should include the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. Diplomas and transcripts of records (MSc/BSc and PhD degree or equivalent).
  3. List of publications including links to the applicant's pages at DBLP and Google Scholar.
  4. Brief research statement with an overview of research so far and future research goals and interests, including a short description of 3 selected papers.
  5. Copies of the above 3 selected papers.
  6. Names and addresses for three references who might be contacted later in the recruitment process.

Please observe that all the documents above should be in English (or for official documents possibly in Danish).

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

Further Information and Contact Details

Inquiries about the positions can be made to Mikkel Abrahamsen (miab@di.ku.dk), Jakob Nordström (jn@di.ku.dk), Rasmus Pagh (pagh@di.ku.dk), Srikanth Srinivasan (srsr@di.ku.dk), Mikkel Thorup (mthorup@di.ku.dk), or Amir Yehudayoff (amye@di.ku.dk).

Published by: Jakob Nordström <jn~at-sign~di~dot~ku~dot~dk>
Updated 2024-01-11