25 PhD positions within the Doctoral Programme TALENT

25 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 25 PhD fellowships are in the following fields:

Biodiversity; biological sciences and bioinformatics; chemical sciences; computer sciences; earth and planetary systems sciences; envirionment, 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 and the Niels Bohr Institute.

The Doctoral Programme TALENT is offering 25 PhD scholarships in the above-mentioned 16 areas, commencing no later than 1 April 2020. Earliest indicative start date 1 February 2020.

Description of SCIENCE and the 11 departments and the PhD School

Research at SCIENCE 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 Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme (2014-2020), the University of Copenhagen is number two in Europe when it comes to attracting Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions. To exemplify this, SCIENCE has 150 Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions. Moreover, SCIENCE researchers have received 30 grants from the European Research Council in Horizon 2020. SCIENCE is also host to seven Centers of Excellence financed by the Danish National Research Foundation. These accomplishments show that SCIENCE’s research environments have the academic weight to attract researchers at a high international level. This again testifies to the fact that the TALENT programme constitutes an extraordinary opportunity for doing a PhD.

The PhD School at SCIENCE, in which the TALENT PhD students will be enrolled, has over 1,100 students and app. 55% of them come from outside Denmark, originating from 75 different countries. This means that even the PhD environment is highly international and competitive.

Read more about the research, the 11 departments and the PhD School at SCIENCE and the targeted training offered through the TALENT programme.

Why apply?

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 Danish Chamber of Commerce, 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.

About the programme

The TALENT programme offers 74 PhD fellowships (in total) of 36 months each, attractive employment conditions at one of the 11 departments at SCIENCE and enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at SCIENCE. TALENT is a unique programme by requesting, as part of the application procedure, the applicants to devise their own interdisciplinary PhD project within one of the above-mentioned 16 programme areas/panels and to indicate the department, which they find most suitable to host their project, and the names of the main supervisor and co-supervisors. In other words, TALENT is a bottom up programme, which thereby focuses on the research interests of the PhD students. If employed, an individual Career Development Plan will be made for the TALENT PhD students, outlining scientific as well as transferable courses, international research visits/secondments, mentoring and other career enhancing activities. The Career Development plan is a central element in ensuring the right training and progress throughout the PhD project.

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 annual salary is currently at a minimum of EUR 43,210 (DKK 322,642), incl. annual supplement (+ annual pension contribution of minimum EUR 5,969 (DKK 44,568)). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

For more information about what the programme can offer, the requirements for applying, the application procedure, selection criteria and the evaluation process, please go to https://talent.ku.dk/