Postdoc in Privacy and Machine Learning

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: 01 Sep 2022

The Machine Learning Section at the Department of Computer Science (DIKU) at the University of Copenhagen invites applicants for a two-year postdoctoral research position in the domain of privacy-preserving machine learning (ML) for medical applications, initially with a focus on secure multiparty computation, deep learning, and tree-based ML algorithms. The research will be conducted in collaboration with researchers in cryptography from Aarhus University. The postdoc can spend the time freely at DIKU in Copenhagen and at Aarhus University.

The postdoc’s duties will include research within machine learning and cryptography and participation in the Digital Research Center Denmark (DIREC). The postdoc will be supervised by ELLIS Fellow Prof. Christian Igel and Assistant Prof. Peter Scholl

The position requires a solid background in cryptography. Knowledge in machine learning and multiparty computation is a plus. Successful candidates must have demonstrated their ability to publish in top-tier venues in machine learning (NeurIPS, ICML, KDD, COLT, CVPR) and/or cryptography (Crypto, Eurocrypt, Asiacrypt, ACM CCS, IEEE S&P, USENIX Security).

Inquiries about the position can be made to Christian Igel.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.di.ku.dk/english/ .

The position is open from 1 November 20022or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Our groups and research – and what do we offer?

The thriving international research groups in Aarhus and Copenhagen offer a welcoming and friendly environment, with a strong emphasis on openness and collaboration.

The University of Copenhagen is consistently listed as one of the top universities in Europe. Within computer science, it is ranked second in the European Union according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2021. The Machine Learning Section is part of the Department of Computer Science (DIKU), which was founded by Turing award winner Peter Naur. It closely linked to the ELLIS Unit Copenhagen (https://ellis.eu/ ) and the Pioneer Center for Artificial Intelligence (https://di.ku.dk/ai-centre/ ). Copenhagen is one of the 10 most livable cities in the world with a rich culture within music, theater and associations. Life for families is made easy by a publicly supported daycare and health care system, dual career opportunities, maternity/parental leave and six weeks of paid annual vacation. International candidates may find information on living and working in Denmark here . Useful information is also available at The International Staff Mobility office (ISM) at the University of Copenhagen (link ). ISM offers a variety of services to international researchers coming to and working at the University of Copenhagen.

The Cryptography & Security Group at Aarhus University is located within the Department of Computer Science, which is one of the top research centres in Europe within both theoretical and experimental computer science. It is home to one of the world's largest research groups in cryptography, who conduct world-leading research in a range of topics including secure multi-party computation, headed by Prof. Ivan Damgård.

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 Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2022, 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews will be held in October 2022.


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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