PhD Project in Theory of Nature-inspired Algorithms

A fully-funded PhD fellowship in theoretical computer science is available at Technical University of Denmark. This position is available for 3 years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before March 05, 2019.

DTU Compute's Section for Algorithms, Logic and Graphs (AlgoLoG) would like to invite applications for a 3-year PhD position starting May 1, 2019 or as soon as possible according to mutual agreement. The project is financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF), Natural Sciences.

Project Description

The project contributes to the running time analysis of nature-inspired algorithms, a relatively young research area at the interface between theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. The main aim of the project is to analyse the running time and to derive provably efficient parameter settings, including self-adjusting parameter schemes, for evolutionary algorithms in discrete search spaces. Such results are obtained using techniques from the analysis of randomized algorithms, probability theory and computational complexity.


Candidates must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS) in computer science, applied mathematics or related academic qualifications (or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree). Preference will be given to candidates who can document a strong background in the theory of randomized algorithms or of nature-inspired algorithms. Furthermore, a good command of the English language is essential.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the DTU Compute PhD School Programme. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the .


The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Carsten Witt and Associate Professor, Head of Section Paul Fischer.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment 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 period of employment is 3 years.

The position is full-time starting May 1, 2019 or as soon as possible according to mutual agreement.

Further information concerning the project can be obtained from Carsten Witt, Further information concerning the application is available at the DTU Compute Please submit your online application no later than 5 March 2019 (local time) .To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English : Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


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