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Postdoctoral Positions (f/m/d) in Combinatorial Optimization
University of Copenhagen
Postdoctoral position in Combinatorial Optimization
Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen
The Department of Computer Science (DIKU) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for
postdoctoral positions in combinatorial optimization.
Description of the scientific environment
The postdoc will be working in the Mathematical Insights into Algorithms for Optimization (MIAO) group headed
by Jakob Nordström, which is doing research on theoretical analysis of and applied algorithm development for
combinatorial optimization paradigms such as SAT solving, pseudo-Boolean optimization, constraint
programming, and integer linear programming. MIAO belongs to the Algorithms and Complexity Section at DIKU,
one of the leading groups in theoretical computer science in Europe, which is part of an exciting environment
including the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre (https://barc.ku.dk/), joint with the IT
University of Copenhagen, and extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and
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, but we also
have a track record of start-ups and surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.
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 currently number 1 in the European Union (post-Brexit) according to the Shanghai
These are full-time research positions. Teaching of advanced courses is encouraged but not required. Travel
funding is included, and we will also start receiving visitors again on a regular basis as soon as the Covid-19
The intended starting date is September 2021 but is negotiable, and the intended duration is 2 years.
The University of Copenhagen is currently expanding strongly in computer science. We expect to keep having
tenure-track openings in computer science 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 in general, and in areas of combinatorial optimization such as SAT,
pseudo-Boolean optimization, constraint programming or integer linear programming in particular, and should
have a strong research record as witnessed by publications in conferences such as AAAI, IJCAI, SAT, CP,
CPAIOR, CAV, FMCAD, or similar, or in journals of a comparable quality. Problem solving skills and creativity are
a must. Excellent programming skills are crucial.
The working language of the group is English, and knowledge of English is also fully sufficient to navigate life in
Denmark in general. It might also be worth mentioning that Denmark routinely scores at the absolute top in
rankings of quality of life such as, e.g., the OECD Better Life Index http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org.
Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. 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 up to DKK 437.843
including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The application should be written in English and should be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW
Diploma and transcripts of records (PhD and MSc or equivalent).
List of publications including links to the applicant’s pages at DBLP and Google Scholar.
Brief research statement with description of research so far and future research goals and interests, and
with a short description of 3 selected papers.
Copies of the above 3 selected papers.
1-3 reference letters.
The University wishes for 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 January 24, 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.
Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities,
the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in
tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in
an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a
collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.