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

Now you have finished 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 and numerous PhD students. In a combined role (full time with full time salary), you will go through a researcher education while working on a research project. When finished, you have built 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 research projects. To put it short: With the right idea, everything is possible. You can look for further inspiration in the research description of our 10 research sections

Take contact to a potential principal supervisor at DTU Compute
Before applying for a PhD position, your first step is to contact a potential principal supervisor at DTU Compute. Together with the supervisor, you will agree on a particular project and formulate a research proposal that you submit with your application. 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. We have a well-tested road map for that includes work on your independent research project, a course program, research dissemination and teaching, an external research stay, your thesis and finally your public defence.

You bring a curious mindset and persistency
To become a successful PhD student, you need a scientific mindset with a curious approach to learning supported by the ability to think innovatively outside the box. As you will face multiple challenges, you will need persistency and a positive approach to problem solving.

Formally we require applicants to have a two-year MSc degree (120 ECTS points) or equivalent with excellent results. The master’s degree must be in engineering or science and fit your proposed project. Proficiency in written and oral English is also required.

Please see this link for further information regarding requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the programme. 

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 in the winter of 2022 or spring 2023.

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, Professor Kim Knudsen at +45 4525 3026 /

Further information at the
DTU Compute PhD homepage.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 16 October 2022 (Danish time). 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 principal supervisor at DTU Compute
  • Documentation for BSc and MSc degree incl. list of courses
  • CV (incl. list of publications or other research experience)

You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree, but the PhD position cannot start before completion.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

At DTU Compute inclusiveness and diversity are core values, and hence we invite all interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, nationality, religion, or ethnic background to apply.

DTU Compute
DTU Compute is a unique and internationally recognized academic department with 385 employees and 11 research sections spanning the science disciplines mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering. We conduct research, teaching and innovation of high international standard – producing new knowledge and technology-based solutions to societal challenges. We have a long-term involvement in applied and interdisciplinary research, big data and data science, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), smart and secure societies, smart manufacturing, and life science. At DTU Compute we believe in a diverse workplace with a flexible work-life balance.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.