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University of Copenhagen, Denmark invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.


(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellow in Geography, with a focus on urban expansion and encroachment on ecologically sensitive areas in African cities

The PhD fellowship is part of the research project “Urban encroachment – untangling drivers and dynamics of land-use transitions in ecologically sensitive areas” funded by a Sapere Aude: DFF Starting Grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The overarching aim of this project is to identify and promote more sustainable trajectories of urban expansion, which will allow African cities to accommodate rapidly growing populations, while preserving ecologically sensitive areas, benefiting from ecosystem services and building resilience to climate change. The research will entail a comparative case study of two rapidly growing cities – Accra in Ghana and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania – which have been characterized by extensive informal expansion in recent decades. The objectives of the research are to estimate the scale and magnitude of natural areas lost in urban expansion, to gain insights into the motivations and logics of diverse actors involved in land-use conversions within ecologically sensitive areas and to develop a comprehensive understanding of how urban governance arrangements shape encroachment dynamics. The project will combine analyses of satellite images and spatial data with in-depth fieldwork among local actors involved in land transactions, property investments and house construction within ecologically sensitive areas, as well as among urban planners, civil servants and policymakers involved in land governance, spatial planning and management of natural areas.

Deadline : 4th of September 2024

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in philosophy of science

The PhD student will be part of a project entitled Selection in Cognition funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and headed by Prof Søren Kyllingsbæk and Assoc Prof Thor Grünbaum. Applicants are asked to situate and develop their research plan within the framework of the Selection in Cognition project. For more information about the project, please contact Assoc Prof Thor Grünbaum ([email protected]).

The PhD student will be part of a project team that uses the analytical tools of philosophy of science to assess the claim that absence of proper theorizing is the root cause of low replicability in psychological sciences and to understand the type of theory needed to alleviate the crisis. The PhD project should address the replication crisis and theory crisis in cognitive science from the perspective of philosophy of science. The PhD project should engage with recent philosophy of science and philosophy of confirmation, as well as relevant theoretical, methodological, and empirical studies in psychology. The successful candidate will be working in close cooperation with philosophers as well as cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists associated with the CoInAct Research Group ( and is expected to partake in the activities of CoInAct on a daily basis.

Deadline : 31 August 2024

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellowship in climate warming responses of Sphagnum functionality and carbon balance

This PhD project will focus on climate warming responses of Sphagnum moss and the consequences for ecosystem functioning and input and output of C from ecosystems. Sphagnum mires are natural and efficient carbon stores, but we lack understanding about the stability of this carbon under changing and especially warmer climate. Techniques involved in the project include field-based automatic CO2 flux measurement, microscopy, laboratory incubation, chemical characterization of Sphagnum and in situ enzyme characterization. The PhD project is highly collaborative with opportunities for research exchange at INRAe in Marseille, France, and at Cambridge University, UK. The research questions of the PhD project build on recent advancement of our understanding of the Sphagnum cell wall composition and on field-based evidence of Sphagnum climate warming responses. Ultimately, the PhD project aims to uncover how Sphagnum will function as a C sequestrator in a future warmer climate.

Deadline : 11 August 2024

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellowship in Molecular Cell Biology

With the proposed project, we will study the role of liquid-liquid phase separation in facilitating DNA repair processes in the cell nucleus as a model to establish a fundamental biological understanding of how biomolecular droplets allow the cell to orchestrate its biochemical processes. We will achieve this through a cross-disciplinary effort that combines molecular genetics and state-of-the-art microscopy with biophysical modelling and computational simulations.

We are looking for candidates within the field(s) of Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biomedicine or similar with significant laboratory experience. The successful candidate will have excellent skills in molecular biology and a basic knowledge of biophysics. The candidate should be enthusiastic about scientific research with the ability to work independently and in groups.

Deadline : 5 August 2024

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellowship in Physics-Informed Data Analysis for Biosciences

This project revolves around improving data analysis of biophysical/biomedical data by combining physical modelling and deep learning. There is freedom to shape the precise problem by the candidates themselves, and  the formulation of new avenues of research is encouraged. Research areas could include computer vision, development of differentiable physical models, synthetic/differentiable image generation, regularization of simulation-to-reality gap,  probabilistic modelling,  expert knowledge in neural networks, etc.

Deadline : 4 August 2024

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellowship in Nutrition and Gut Microbiome Research

The project builds on our previous work suggesting that differences in gut microbiome community structures may affect energy extraction (Boekhorst et al. 2022; Microbiome Background video here:

The GutEnergy project will investigate whether differences in gut microbiome community structures affect excretion of dietary calories in faeces by conducting a human dietary intervention study and combining traditional faecal measurements, bomb calorimetry, and state-of-the-art omics technologies (i.e. microbiome and metabolomics).

In your role as PhD student, you will be in charge of writing the study protocol for approval to the Ethical Committee. Following approval, you will be responsible with the recruitment of study participants and for conducting  the controlled dietary intervention study, which includes examination visits and handling of biological samples. Furthermore, you will conduct liquid chromatography mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, bomb calorimetry, and microbiome analyses on collected biological samples. Finally, you will integrate microbiome, metabolomics, and faecal energy data, and write scientific publications.

Deadline :  4 August 2024

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position at the Faculty Theology, “Theology and ethics of domesticated animals”

The PhD position, “Theology and ethics of domesticated animals“is a fixed termed full time position for three years with research and teaching obligations starting 1 October 2024 or 1 November 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The research will be conducted as part of as part of the research project CARNAL: Eco-Ethical Articulations of Body, Meat, and Flesh. More information about the project is available here on the website of CARNAL: CARNAL – University of Copenhagen (

The central objective of the research project is to develop new conceptualizations of the relation between humanity and nature in times of ecological crises. CARNAL expands the ethical tradition of self-care and care for other humans into an ecologized ethics of care. We focus on everyday dilemmas and options for change in the areas of consumption, biodiversity, and conceptions of everyday human interactions with the corporeality of ecological networks. CARNAL is placed at the Faculty of Theology, and its methodology aims to coordinate the fields of Anthropology and Theology.

The PhD-project “Theology and ethics of domesticated animals” is supposed to critically use and test the CARNAL typology of Ecology1-2-3 on leading ecotheological views on domesticated animals (such as dogs, cats, or horses, or production animals such as cattle, pigs, or chicken). Together with a postdoc working on “Rewilded Bodies,” the PhD-project explores and compares different forms of human-nonhuman resonance experiences across rewilded and domesticated animal bodies.

Candidates are expected to have a background in Theology or Philosophy and should be able to attend bi-weekly meetings of the CARNAL-project at UCPH. The Candidate will be enrolled in the PhD School of the Faculty of Theology, see

Deadline : 2 August 2024

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in newborn infectious diseases and therapeutics at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

We seek to appoint a highly motivated and dynamic PhD student interested in immunology, vaccines and the development of novel therapeutics for infected newborn infants. The candidate should have good background in immunology or biomedicine, and research experience in animal models of infectious/inflammatory diseases and cellular/molecular analyses. The successful candidate will be affiliated to the research group in Cellular and Molecular Pediatrics, Section for Comparative Pediatrics and Nutrition, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. The position commences on 1 December 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Deadline : 31 July 2024

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellowship in Bioinformatics/Data Science/Machine Learning at Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

The position is part of a research project generously funded by the Carlsberg Foundation entitled “Look who’s talking: decoding protein-protein dialogue using ChatGPT”.

WHAT? Inside every cell of any organism, hundreds to thousands of distinct proteins are constantly interacting with each other. Together, this dialogue between proteins determine virtually every facet of cellular behaviour and function.

WHY? Despite the fundamental importance of these protein-protein interactions, we still do not fully understand this dialogue between proteins. Some of the open questions are: Which proteins are interacting which each other? How do they know who to interact with? How do they precisely interact with each other? And why do they interact with each other?

HOW? The recent breakthroughs in large language models, such as the well-known example of ChatGPT, have astounded the world by its broad applicability and accurate interpretation of human and even programming languages. In this project, we are applying ChatGPT-like models to figure out which proteins are talking to each other and how.

Deadline : 21 July 2024

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellowship in organoid modelling of the post-acute phase of COVID at the Department of Biomedical Sciences

In this project we aim to understand and explain the mechanistic link between the post-acute phase (PAP) of COVID-19 and risk of noncommunicable diseases. More specifically, we aim to determine the clinical and biological mechanisms behind the increased risk of reduced organ function in pulmonary, cardiovascular, and renal systems associated with the PAP of COVID-19.

Your primary research area will be to generate, assess and use induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived organoids to support the project. You will optimize the protocols for kidney and lung organoid generation and use this model system to assess novel immune factors in blood samples from human controls and patients suffering from COVID. Using both 2D and 3D representative model systems, you will, in collaboration with other group members assess viability, fibrosis, senescence load, bioenergetic changes and morphologic changes.

Deadline : July 21st 2024

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD or Integrated MSc and PhD fellowship in Algorithms

The PhD students will be part of a world-class research environment in theoretical computer science with a strong presence at top-tier conferences like STOC, FOCS, and SODA, and also with publications in premier AI conferences like AAAI, IJCAI, and NeurIPS. We are home to the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre joint with the IT University of Copenhagen, and have extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and with Lund University on the Swedish side of the Oresund Bridge, as well as with our many visitors.

We aim to attract top talent to an ambitious, creative, collaborative, and fun environment. Using the power of mathematics, we strive to create fundamental breakthroughs in algorithms and complexity theory. While our focus in on theoretical research, we do have a track record of surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe. Within computer science, it is ranked 2nd in the European Union (post-Brexit) by ShanghaiRanking.

Deadline :  July 15, 2024

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in forest growth modelling

Sustainable forest management is a critical component of environmental conservation and climate change mitigation. Accurate growth models play a pivotal role in guiding decision-making processes related to forestry practices. However, in the face of evolving forest management paradigms such as closer-to-nature forestry, forests managed for biodiversity conservation, and climate-targeted forestry, there is an urgent need to develop updated growth models that incorporate parametric modeling and where relevant novel AI methodologies. This proposed PhD project aims to address this crucial knowledge gap by advancing growth models for changing forest management and environmental sustainability.

Deadline : 3 July 2024

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD positions in Theoretical Computer Science and/or Combinatorial Optimization

The PhD students will be working in the Mathematical Insights into Algorithms for Optimization (MIAO) group headed by Jakob Nordström, which is active at both the University of Copenhagen and Lund University on either side of the Øresund Bridge.

The MIAO research group has a unique profile in that we are doing cutting-edge research both on the mathematical foundations of efficient computation and on state-of-the-art practical algorithms for real-world problems. This creates a very special environment, where we do not only conduct in-depth research on different theoretical and applied topics, but where different lines of research cross-fertilise each other and unexpected and exciting synergies often arise. Much of the activities of the group revolve around powerful algorithmic paradigms such as, e.g., Boolean satisfiability (SAT) solving, Gröbner basis computations, integer linear programming, and constraint programming. This leads to classical questions in computational complexity theory—though often with new, fascinating twists—but also involves work on designing and coding up clever algorithms that can exploit the power of such paradigms in practice.

Deadline : 1 July 2024

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position: Shipping Decarbonization and Trade Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Around 80% of the world’s goods are transported by sea. Although the interplay of trade and climate change mitigation efforts has gathered some attention in recent years, crucial elements of the interaction between trade, climate and shipping have remained largely unexplored. With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopting a revised strategy in 2023 aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping, the recent inclusion of shipping in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and the emergence of voluntary initiatives such as the Green Corridors, a number of trade related questions emerge.

This PhD position aims to examine some of these intricate interactions between shipping, trade and climate change law with a specific focus on the regulation of shipping GHG emissions post the 2023 IMO Revised Strategy. By elucidating on the regulatory frameworks, opportunities and challenges for carbon pricing, border adjustment mechanisms, green fuels development, ensuring a fair and equitable transition to net-zero, the research will contribute to inform the development of more effective and sustainable policies in the maritime sector and offer valuable insights into climate change governance. A more definite scope of research is to be defined with the selected candidate on the basis of qualifications and latest developments.

Enrolment in the PhD programme at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, implies that the PhD candidate completes and successfully defends the PhD thesis according to the requirements set by the university in line with the requirements of the Danish PhD executive order (see below). The collaboration between the Global Maritime Forum and the Faculty of Law will provide valuable insights to ensure that the project remains relevant for academia and society alike. The PhD candidate will contribute to the work of the Global Maritime Forum, working with the Policy and Government Engagement team. This will include the delivery of high-quality research and compilation of findings, the monitoring of associated legislative and policy developments, engagement at relevant international events within the scope of the PhD.

Deadline : 30 June 2024

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD scholarship at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

The Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a PhD scholarship in Economics. The PhD scholarship belongs to the research project “Shaping the Corporate Management Culture” funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

The primary aim of this research project is to analyze how management values and corporate culture influence major trends in the labor market, including wage inequality. Previous research (Acemoglu, He and le Maire, 2022) has found that appointing a CEO with a business education tends to lower worker wages. The present research project focuses on how corporate management philosophy is propagated and influences key firm decisions as well as how CEO incentives can promote certain strategic firm decisions.

As a PhD student on this project, you will work with comprehensive administrative data sets that include information on firms, their management, and workers. Experience with data handling and econometric tools for policy evaluation is therefore beneficial. Additionally, the chosen candidate will be tasked with data collection through web scraping and textual analysis.

Deadline :  June 25, 2024

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(16) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellowship in Single-Cell Proteomics at NNF-CPR, ICMM and Novo Nordisk

The PhD project in single-cell proteomics aims to develop a high-throughput and high-sensitivity method for LC-MS/MS-based spatial-proteomics on FFPE samples from liver and adipose tissue (WAT/SAT) and single cells proteomics (SCP) on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patient samples collected as part of the CELLFI cohort. In addition, we aim to develop methods for SCP analyses on fresh liver and adipose tissue using relevant pre-clinical animal models that translates well to human sample.

The selected candidate will spearhead the development of proteomics sample preparation protocols for high-throughput single-cell proteomics analysis by high-resolution mass spectrometry and their application to patient liver samples, adipose tissue and PBMCs from the CELLFI cohort.

In addition to the main project tasks, the role provides avenues for the successful applicant to contribute to other ongoing projects within the Olsen group.

Deadline :  24 June 2024,

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(17) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellowship in Atmospheric Chemistry

The oxidation of  organic compounds in the atmosphere is a source for aerosol particles that affect both human health and climate. Early stages of particle formation requires vapours of very low-volatility. The current project funded by Novo Nordisk Foundation will focus on one group of such vapours called highly oxygenated organic molecules and will apply both experimental and theoretical methods to determine the pathways and rates of their formation. The successful candidate will lead the relevant experiments in an oxidation flow reactors, develop and apply highly sensitive mass spectrometric tools, process measurement data and perform computations. Training will be provided in atmospheric phenomena, atmopheric oxidation, chemical ionization mass spectrometry, experimental methods and data analysis.

Deadline : 24 June 2024

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(18) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD fellowship in ice flow modelling of the Greenland ice sheet

The Greenland ice sheet is currently the largest contributor to present-day global sea level rise, with mass loss mainly driven by surface melting. Surface meltwater can drain to the base of the ice sheet and enhance ice flow velocities on seasonal timescales, but the long-term response of ice flow and outlet glacier dynamics to increased surface melting in a warming climate is not well known.

The focus of the PhD project is to improve the response of ice flow velocities to surface melting in Greenland ice sheet flow modelling. The PhD will use a combination of numerical methods and observational data to investigate how surface melting affects ice flow velocities of Greenland glaciers on seasonal and longer timescales, and explore approaches to improve the numerical representation of these feedbacks in ice flow models. We use numerical modelling tools, including the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM) and the Úa ice flow model, and combine with climate model output and observational constraints from ice core projects and remote sensing. The PhD student will evaluate ice sheet model simulations using observational data, and analyse ice sheet and climate simulations under various climate forcing scenarios. The ultimate goal is to reduce the uncertainty in the projected mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet.

Deadline : 23 June 2024

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About The University of Copenhagen, Denmark – Official Website

The University of Copenhagen is a public research university in Copenhagen, Denmark. Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the second-oldest university in Scandinavia, and ranks as one of the top universities in the Nordic countries and Europe.

Its establishment sanctioned by Pope Sixtus IV, the University of Copenhagen was founded by Christian I of Denmark as a Catholic teaching institution with a predominantly theological focus. In 1537, it was re-established by King Christian III as part of the Lutheran Reformation. Up until the 18th century, the university was primarily concerned with educating clergymen. Through various reforms in the 18th and 19th century, the University of Copenhagen was transformed into a modern, secular university, with science and the humanities replacing theology as the main subjects studied and taught.

The University of Copenhagen consists of six different faculties, with teaching taking place in its four distinct campuses, all situated in Copenhagen. The university operates 36 different departments and 122 separate research centres in Copenhagen, as well as a number of museums and botanical gardens in and outside the Danish capital. The University of Copenhagen also owns and operates multiple research stations around Denmark, with two additional ones located in Greenland. Additionally, The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the public hospitals of the Capital and Zealand Region of Denmark constitute the conglomerate Copenhagen University Hospital.

A number of prominent scientific theories and schools of thought are namesakes of the University of Copenhagen. The famous Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics was conceived at the Niels Bohr Institute, which is part of the university. The Department of Political Science birthed the Copenhagen School of Security Studies, which is also named after the university. Others include the Copenhagen School of Theology and the Copenhagen School of Linguistics.



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