Level: Doctor of Philosophy
Tuition: Full coverage
Finaid max: 129282  EUR
28
Deadline: 1 October 2018
Duration max: 36  months

28 PhD positions within the Doctoral Programme, TALENT at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801199. 

The programme is bottom-up, meaning you are free to define your own projects according to your interests, as long as they are aligned with departmental interests and there is qualified supervision on offer at one of our departments.

When applying for a scholarship, you must choose one of these programme areas for the evaluation of your application.

A unifying theme for all the research is that all departments strive towards scientific excellence as well as contributing to meet the industrial and societal challenges of our times such as climate change, sustainable and effective energy supplies, biological production, environmental challenges, food safety, lifestyle related diseases and data security.

All faculty departments are participating in this programme and the wide range of research conducted has been structured along the following 16 programme areas:

  • Biodiversity;
  • Biological sciences and bioinformatics;
  • Chemical sciences;
  • Computer sciences;
  • Earth and planetary systems sciences;
  • Environment, climate and sustainability;
  • Food sciences;
  • Health and genomics;
  • Mathematical sciences, statistics & economics;
  • Nano and materials sciences;
  • Natural science education;
  • Nutrition and sports;
  • Particle physics, astro physics and cosmology;
  • Plant sciences and biotechnology;
  • Quantum sciences and technology;
  • Ressource economics and global development. 

All departments at the Faculty of Science participate in the TALENT programme: Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Science, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Department of Food Science, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Department of Science Education, the Natural History Museum of Denmark and the Niels Bohr Institute.  

The Doctoral Programme TALENT is offering 28 PhD scholarships in the above-mentioned 16 areas, commencing 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire, Sint-Estatius and Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Bouvet Island
  • Brazil
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Eland Islands
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • French Southern Territories
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Midway Islands
  • Moldova, Republic of
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Sint-Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Ossetia
  • Southern Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Maarten
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands, British
  • Virgin Islands, U.S.
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bio & Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedicine
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & IT
  • Econometrics
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Physics
  • Public Health
  • Sustainable Management, Policy & Governance

Finaid max: 129282  EUR

Quota: 28

The Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND rules stipulate a minimum monthly salary of EUR 2,597 (EUR 31,164 pr. year), of which H2020/MSCA/COFUND covers EUR 1,855 (EUR 22,260 pr. year). As is outlined below, SCIENCE complies fully with these rules. 

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. This means that the starting yearly salary is currently at a minimum EUR 43,094 (DKK 321,054) including annual supplement (+ pension up to EUR 7,003 (DKK 52,175)). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 

TALENT is an international and interdisciplinary PhD programme, which offers young researchers the chance to become part of a cohort of exceptionally talented PhD students with the opportunity to cultivate their research talent. To this end, we offer: 

  • Access to international and intersectoral collaborations and networking with a range of industrial organisations: the Confederation of Danish Industry, the Confederation of Danish Enterprise, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Copenhagen Science City, DIKU Business Club. 
  • Access to excellent research environments and infrastructures with world leading research groups. 
  • Access to an extensive training and career mentoring programme with scientific training supplemented by tailor made courses in a range of academic and transferrable skills. 
  • Employment under world leading working environments as all fellowships are funded fully in line with Danish employment conditions. 

The objective of the TALENT programme is to facilitate early independence of the PhD students and fast track their careers in academia or industry. 

Applicants for the TALENT programme must fulfil the following eligibility criteria to be eligible for a scholarship:

  1. At TALENT's call deadline (1 October 2018), the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity of work or studies in Denmark for more than 12 months in the past 3 years. Time spent on obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
     
  2. Must at the TALENT call deadline (1 October 2018) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
     
  3. Must hold a relevant MSc degree at the time of applying. However, candidates, who do not hold an MSc degree, are also considered eligible if their credentials and CV equal those achieved on an MSc. This could be in the form of five years of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate education OR four years of full-time undergraduate education combined with relevant courses, fieldwork, scientific publications or conducted research.

The application must include the following: 

  1. Cover/motivation letter 
  2. Project description incl. ethics assessment form 
  3. Prioritized CV incl. publications 
  4. Declaration of mobility
  5. Documentation of academic degrees obtained: diplomas must be in English or an officially approved translation must be included. 
  6. Copy of English test score sheet at the time of applying (for applicants with English as their second language).
  7. Two recommendation letters (max. 1 page of 2,500 characters each): one should be from the master thesis supervisor (if applicable), or other senior scientist that the applicant has worked closely with. 

Job description 

The position is available for a 3-year period and the key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 

  • To manage and carry through the research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate the research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department. 

Terms of employment 

The Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND rules stipulate a minimum monthly salary of EUR 2,597 (EUR 31,164 pr. year), of which H2020/MSCA/COFUND covers EUR 1,855 (EUR 22,260 pr. year). As is outlined below, SCIENCE complies fully with these rules. 

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. This means that the starting yearly salary is currently at a minimum EUR 43,094 (DKK 321,054) including annual supplement (+ pension up to EUR 7,003 (DKK 52,175)). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 

Any potential employment offer is contingent on the successful applicants being enrolled in the 180 ECTS/three year PhD Programme at SCIENCE, which means that the mentioned applicants will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at SCIENCE’s PhD school. Another condition is that the successful applicants obtain any permits (e.g. pertaining to residence and work), which are mandatory by law. 

The PhD studies must be conducted and completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the rules of the University of Copenhagen’s/SCIENCE’s PhD School on achieving the degree. 

The selection process includes four steps of evaluation: 

  1. Eligibility and admissibility checks 
  2. Pre-selection at department level (internal review incl. online interviews) 
  3. Expert/international review (done remotely) 
  4. Final selection of candidates. 

Applicants will be judged on professional merits, scientific and technological quality of the proposed project, feasibility of the implementation and the potential impact of the proposed project. The review process takes into consideration the whole range of experience of the candidate. While focusing on their overall potential as researchers, their creativity and level of independence will also be considered. International and intersectorial experience will be seen positively in the evaluation. The selection criteria are weighted and fall into three defined areas: 

  • Excellence (weight: 50%) of which the scientific and innovative quality of the proposal (weight: 25%) and the applicant (weight: 25%) 
  • Impact (weight: 30%) 
  • Implementation (weight: 20%) 
  • Eligibility and admissibility checks: 2-15 October 2018. Applicants, who do not comply with the eligibility and admissibility criteria, will be notified at this stage. 
  • Pre-selection at department level (internal review incl. online interviews): 16-31 October 2018. Applicants, who are not selected for the expert/international review, will be notified at this stage. 
  • Expert/international review (done remotely) (incl. preparation for the TALENT secretariat): 1-21 November 2018. 
  • Applicants will receive the panel's evaluation report and the overall score and be given five days to comment (incl. preparation for the TALENT secretariat): 22-28 November 2018. 
  • Final selection of candidates (incl. preparation for the TALENT secretariat): 29 November - 9 December 2018. 
  • Employment offers, waiting list results and rejections to the candidates, who underwent the expert/international review: 10-17 December 2018. 
  • Enrolment as a PhD student and employment: from 1 January 2019/as soon as possible thereafter. 

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