211-0212/24-2N Tenure track Assistant professor in Algorithms,

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Algorithms
Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Algorithms. The position is to be filled by 1 September 2025, or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.

We have a world-class research environment in Algorithms and Theoretical Computer Science. We are home to the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre joint with the IT University of Copenhagen, 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 talent from around the world to an ambitious, creative, collaborative, and fun environment. Using the power of mathematics, we seek to create fundamental breakthroughs in algorithms and complexity theory. While our focus in on theoretical research, we do have a track record of surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.

It is a high priority at the Department of Computer Science to create a research environment of highest excellence allowing people from diverse backgrounds to thrive. Our new tenure track assistant professor will join a rapidly growing department, with strong research not only in Algorithms and Complexity, but also in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Human-Centered Computing, Software Engineering and Data Management, Programming Languages, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis. Read more about how you can become successful as a researcher at DIKU here.  

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 number 4 in the European Union according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2022.

The Department of Computer Science offers a friendly and thriving international research and working environment with opportunities to build up internationally competitive research groups. There are good opportunities available to apply for research funding in order to establish oneself in Denmark. The Department of Computer Science has an experienced research support unit that offers mentoring and assistance when applying for funding. Further information on start packages and recruitment grants offered by Danish private and public foundations is available here

Copenhagen is one of the 10 most livable cities in the world with a rich culture within music, theater and associations (https://www.visitcopenhagen.com). Life for families is made easy by a publicly supported daycare and health care system, dual career opportunities, maternity/parental leave and six weeks of annual vacation. International candidates may find information on living and working in Denmark here Useful information is also available at The International Staff Mobility office (ISM) at the University of Copenhagen. ISM offers a variety of services to international researchers coming to and working at the University of Copenhagen.

Description of the position
We are looking for candidates to strengthen and complement the research profile of the department within Algorithms as part of Theoretical Computer Science. Our new assistant professor is expected to have a strong publication record at venues such as STOC, FOCS, and SODA. However, we also appreciate publications in top venues of related areas such as theoretical aspects of Machine Learning.

The tenure track assistant professor’s duties will primarily consist of research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within Algorithms. To a limited extent the position may also include other tasks.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally recognized research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Documentation of teaching qualifications is not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more here.

The tenure-track programme
The tenure-track programme is a career programme and an assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures.

Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal’ is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the criteria for appointment of associate professors at the University of Copenhagen.

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.

Negotiation for salary supplement, and relocation expenses, is possible. Note that Denmark protects the economic, social, and physical well-being of its workers, which includes robust health care, childcare, elder care, and other generous benefits. Thus, direct salary comparisons across nations are typically not meaningful. Furthermore, unlike some north American universities, University of Copenhagen appointments are 12 months in duration and thus require no need for faculty to procure summer funding.

Further information
For more information about the Department of Computer Science, please visit our website here

Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Professor Jakob Grue Simonsen (simonsen@di.ku.dk) or Head of the Algorithms and Complexity Section, Mikkel Thorup (mthorup@di.ku.dk)

Filing of application
The application including all attachments should be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including:
    • Please describe and document international network and relations
    • Please describe and document internationally based activities
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions.
    • Outreach activities, e.g., popular lectures or other activities in the media
    • Grants held, personally or in part. Career development grants.
  • Diploma (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan - description of current and future research plans
  • If applicable, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications - please describe and document:
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list and links to author pages on DBLP and Google Scholar.
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers.

The deadline for applications is 3rd November 2024, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process here.

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 7th March 2025

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0212/24-2N.





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.


Application deadline: 03-11-2024
Employment start: 01-09-2025
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Computer Science

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