Ph.D. in Economic Design: Blockchains and Smart Contracts (Denmark) Deadline: June 2, 2019

University of Copenhagen

Application Deadline

June 02, 2019

Program Commencement

September 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest university and research institution in Denmark. Founded in 1479, it is the second oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia. The university has four campuses located in and around Copenhagen. Driven by intellectual creativity and critical thinking, researchers and students at the University of Copenhagen have expanded horizons and contributed to moving the world forward. The University offers researchers and students the opportunity to develop their talent and launches ambitious interdisciplinary initiatives to support its strong academic communities.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest science research and education institution. The Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Economic Design: Blockchains and Smart Contracts, commencing on 1st September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is associated with the Center for Blockchains and Electronic Markets, which is hosted by IFRO at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. The center is a cross-disciplinary project involving economists and computer scientists. Supervision will be done by the center’s senior members. It is important that the applicant shows interest in cross-disciplinary work within the fields of microeconomics, game theory, and computer science. The research must be related to the problems of designing electronic markets, preferably in the interface between decentralized infrastructure design and market design.

The key tasks of 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.

Principal supervisor is Professor Jens Leth Hougaard, IFRO,, Direct Phone: +45 35336814.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Applicants should hold a relevant MSc degree, for instance, in Economics or Computer Science with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

More details, here.

Also read the general information for PhD programs at the Faculty of Science. 

Application Process

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically here.

Please include:
  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Program at SCIENCE (if any)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • Full contact details (name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees.

If you have questions, please write to Jens Leth HougaardE-mail:

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