35 Ph.D. Positions in Science (Denmark) Deadline: April 01, 2019

University of Copenhagen

Application Deadline

April 01, 2019

Program Commencement

August 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

Co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant, the Doctoral Program  TALENT at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen is offering 35 Ph.D. scholarships in 16 fields of science. 
TALENT is an international and interdisciplinary Ph.D. programme, which offers young researchers the chance to become part of a cohort of exceptionally talented Ph.D. students with the opportunity to cultivate their research talent. To this end, the program offers: 
  • Access to international and intersectoral collaborations and networking with a range of industrial organizations
  • Access to excellent research environments and infrastructures with world-leading research groups. 
  • Access to 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. 
Research rests on two pillars: on the one hand strong basic research, and on the other application-oriented research, which contributes to growth and employment and solves societal problems, for example within climate change, sustainable energy supplies, biological production, environmental challenges, food and water safety, lifestyle diseases and IT security. 
In this direction, the fellowships are offered in the following fields: 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, astrophysics and cosmology; plant sciences and biotechnology; quantum sciences and technology; resource economics and global development. 
The key tasks of a Ph.D. student are: 
  • To manage and carry through the research project
  • Attend Ph.D. courses
  • Write scientific articles and the Ph.D. thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate the research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department. 

Eligibility/ Requirements

In order to be eligible for the TALENT Doctoral Programme, applicants: 
  1. Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to TALENT’s call deadline: 1 April 2019. 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 April 2019) 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 (these aspects must be documented by uploading additional documents as part of the CV). The background is that applicants awarded a TALENT doctoral fellowship must be enrolled in the 180 ECTS/three year Ph.D. programme at SCIENCE. To this end, the entry requirements as defined by SCIENCE’s Ph.D. School must be respected. 
Selection criteria 
The selection process includes four steps of evaluation: 
  1. Eligibility and admissibility check 
  2. Pre-selection at the department level (internal review incl. online interviews, the latter if applicable) 
  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, the 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%)

Application Process

The application must include the following: 
  1. Cover/motivation letter 
  2. Project description incl. ethics assessment form 
  3. CV incl. publications (and the names and contact details of two referees: one should be from the master thesis supervisor (if applicable), or another senior scientist that the applicant has worked closely with) 
  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 (for applicants with English as their second language). 
Mandatory templates for items 1-4 are available for download on the dedicated TALENT website
For specific information about the TALENT Doctoral Programme, please contact Senior Advisor, Louise Thers Nielsen, SCIENCE Research and Innovation, email: talent@science.ku.dk, phone: +45 35 33 68 95. 
The application must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW here
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