PhD Fellowships in Functional Technology for High-Performance Architectures, Denmark


August 19, 2018


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2 PhD fellows in Functional Technology for High-Performance Architectures

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering 2 PhD scholarships in functional technology for high-performance architectures commencing 1 November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions are funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark Grant "Functional Technology for High-Performance Architectures (FUTHARK)" held by Professor Fritz Henglein. 
The overall objective of FUTHARK is to advance both expressiveness and practical performance of functional and domain-specific languages for massively parallel computing based on both fundamental theory and advanced compiler technology and engineering.  Specific aims include but are not limited to developing novel functional language and compiler technology for large-scale high-performance data parallelism; demonstrating its portability and exploring its forward compatibility by targeting vectorized multicore CPUs, GPUs, and clusters of these;  developing the semantic, type-theoretic, algebraic, complexity-theoretic foundations for high-level data types beyond arrays such as sets, multisets, vector spaces, probability distributions; achieving flexible modularization with zero performance cost; synthesise transformational optimizations and data structures; and demonstrating high productivity and performance on use cases in deep learning, image processing, quantitative finance, large-scale graph processing, etc., in collaboration with academic and industrial, national and international project partners and the Open Source community at large. 
The Programming Languages and Theory of Computing Section at DIKU is prolific at the topmost conferences like PLDI, POPL and ICFP. Our research covers theoretical and practical research of programming languages with a focus on automatic program optimization, analysis and transformation. 

DIKU offers a research environment at the highest international level. The working language is English, Denmark is among the highest English proficiency index, and the workplace is beautiful Copenhagen which is ranked among the world's most liveable cities.

Principal supervisor is Professor Fritz Henglein,, Direct Phone: +45 30589576. 

Job description 
  • The position is available for a 3-5 year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 
  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department 


Formal requirements
Applicants should hold:

  • a BSc or MSc degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or a related field and good English skills 
  • demonstrated talent within programming languages e.g. by top grades in relevant courses in mathematics or computer science or by publications at conferences like PLDI, POPL and ICFP 

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 at a minimum DKK 317.459 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.852). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme
The position is also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Computer Science. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme please see:, “Study Structures”.

Scholarship and terms of employment for intergrated MSc and PhD

PhD grant portions (Ph.D.‐SU klip)
In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies. 

48 PhD grant portions at DKK 5,839 each, corresponding to DKK 280,272.

'Duty work'
As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered 'duty work'. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing 'duty work' are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of 'duty work' per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). 'Duty work' during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 102,586.50. 

Salary in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Asssociations (AC)

In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 28,955.15 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 694,923.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  

Please include  
  • Cover Letter 
  • CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE (if any and if applying for the integrated MSc and PhD scheme), 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees 
The University wishes 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 19 August 2018, 23:59 GMT +2.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. 


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Fritz Henglein,, Direct Phone: +45 30589576. 

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.

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July 29, 2018
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