25 PhD positions, TALENT Programme @ University of Copenhagen, Denmark


25 PhD positions within the Doctoral Programme, TALENT at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The TALENT Programme is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801199.

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 is 1 February 2020.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and the key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through the research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate the research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department.

Formal requirements
In order to be eligible for the TALENT Doctoral Programme, applicants:

  1. Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to TALENT’s call deadline: 1 October 2019. Time spent on obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  2. Must at the TALENT call deadline (1 October 2019) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  3. Must hold a relevant MSc degree at the time of applying. However, candidates, who do not hold an MSc degree, are also considered eligible if their credentials and CV equal those achieved on an MSc. This could be in the form of five years of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate education OR four years of full-time   undergraduate education combined with relevant courses, fieldwork, scientific publications or conducted research (these aspects must be documented by uploading additional documents as part of the CV). The background is that applicants awarded a TALENT doctoral fellowship must be enrolled in the 180 ECTS/three year PhD programme at SCIENCE. To this end, the entry requirements as defined by SCIENCE’s PhD School must be respected.

Please carefully read the detailed description of the eligibility and admissibility criteria and the additional requirements, incl. the use of mandatory templates, for applying in the TALENT Guide for Applicants on the TALENT website.

Selection criteria
The selection process includes four steps of evaluation:

  1. Eligibility and admissibility check
  2. Pre-selection at department level (internal review incl. online interviews, the latter if applicable)
  3. Expert/international review (done remotely)
  4. Final selection of candidates.

Applicants will be judged on professional merits, scientific and technological quality of the proposed project, feasibility of the implementation and the potential impact of the proposed project. The review process takes into consideration the whole range of experience of the candidate. While focusing on their overall potential as researchers, their creativity and level of independence will also be considered. International and intersectorial experience will be seen positively in the evaluation. The selection criteria are weighted and fall into three defined areas:

  • Excellence (weight: 50%) of which the scientific and innovative quality of the proposal (weight: 25%) and the applicant (weight: 25%)
  • Impact (weight: 30%)
  • Implementation (weight: 20%)

For more information about the evaluation process, please refer to the TALENT Evaluation Guide on the TALENT website.


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.

Application deadline: 01-10-2019
Employment start: 01-02-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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