PhD stipends in Statistics, Mathematical Biology, and the mathematics of Insurance and Economics

Updated: about 1 year ago
Deadline: 15 Nov 2019

A number of attractive PhD stipends in statistics, mathematical biology,  and the mathematics of insurance and economics are available at at Department of Mathematical Sciences,  Faculty of Science,  University of Copenhagen. 

The starting date for the stipends in September 2020 or earlier. Candidates are expected to have obtained a Master´s degree, or equivalence thereof, before starting. The stipends run for 3 years, which is the duration of the PhD program. You can find more information about the PhD program on the homepage .

The PhD stipends include full tuition and a salary of approximately 3,350 EUR per month before taxes (DKK 300,174 per year) plus pension contributions of 17% of the salary (DKK 41,013 per year). Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization.

Your application and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than 15th November 2019.

About the Department of Mathematics

The department has about 50 permanent scientific staff members; around 45 PhD students and 25 postdocs. It has strong research groups in many areas of mathematics, and active PhD, postdoc, and visitor's programs. Our building is located in central Copenhagen next to the central park Fælledparken. You can find more information about the department on its homepage .

Further information about working at Copenhagen University can also be obtained from  

All applicants entering the PhD program through this call will be affiliated with one of the two sections Insurance and Economics or Statistics and Probability Theory . You can find description of each of these sections at the Department research homepage .

There will be a limited number of free PhD stipends in all areas of mathematics not attached to specific projects.   You are welcome to contact any member of the department to discuss specific research projects.

In addition, there will be PhD stipends available in:
• data science and causality within Copenhagen Causality Lab with Jonas Peters  

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as 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
  • Work for the department


Selected applicants might be asked to visit our department for an interview, probably in January 2020. The department will cover all (reasonable) expenses in connection with the interview.

Application Procedure

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

About your application
To apply you need to:
1. Fill out and submit the online application form and upload the required files. Please read the instructions and the
miniguide carefully before applying. 

2. Make arrangement with 2-3 people who will write letters of recommendation for you if they are requested to do so.  The names and email addresses of these people should be written in a file and uploaded in the field References of the application form.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, describing the topic of the PhD project you are interested in and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme 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

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

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered, unless explicitly requested by the evaluation committee.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at .

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at .

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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