Research Training - PhD – University of Copenhagen

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3-, 4-, or 5-year PhD

There are several ways to enter the PhD programme at DARK: as soon as you have received a bachelor's degree, part-way through your Master's, or after your Master's degree.

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The aim of research training at DARK is to recruit the brightest students and train them to be original and independent researchers who can influence the future directions of science and the society. Scientists at DARK offer supervision of Danish as well as international PhD and MSc students within a broad range of topics related to the dark Universe.

PhD students at DARK are enrolled at the Faculty of Science PhD School at University of Copenhagen, and they receive a relatively high salary and significant support for travel and computing.  DARK is a research centre at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), which is the University of Copenhagen's physics department, and students are fully integrated into the scientific and social life of the centre and the NBI.

PhD projects are carried out in a dynamic international environment of daily interaction with the supervisors as well as other studens, postdocs and staff at DARK. Typically projects involve state-of-the-art observations obtained at international observatories and/or new theoretical developments. Students typically complete one main project and 2 more 3 smaller projects.

In addition to research, PhD students have some teaching or other communications duties at the Niels Bohr Institute and they are required to take courses, which can be done at DARK or the NBI, through research-based independent projects, and by attending summer/winter schools or courses abroad.

DARK expects students to develop a significant international network of collaborators.  All of DARK's PhD students work on projects with researchers internationally, and they spend a significant amount of time abroad attending conferences and international schools, as well as for research stays at institutions abroad. DARK's research staff are very international, and they bring the benefits of their wide scientific networks to the Centre.  In addition, DARK hosts up to 100 visitors each year who contribute to DARK science in a number of ways; they infuse ideas and stimulate activity, add their expertise to on-going projects, get inspired and develop projects.

Applying for a PhD

There are 2 steps to becoming a PhD at the Dark Cosmology Centre: 

1) Secure funding through a PhD Fellow job posting. DARK generally posts 2-3 position openings each year with an early February deadline.  Our Research and Hiring committee review the applications, short-list, and there is a series of on-line interviews and in some cases, in-person interviews.  Offers are typically made by 15 March, at the latest.

Check DARK's Job page for postings here >>.

2) If offered a position, the next step is to be formally enrolled into the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science PhD School.  Enrollment includes submitting a preliminary PhD plan, including a short project description, list of courses that will be followed, etc.  This process is completed in close collaboration with the PhD supervisor.  Students who have not yet completed a master's degree will in parallel be admitted to the master's study program at the University of Copenhagen.  They will be required to pass an exam after 1 or 2 years, in order to move ahead in their PhD study.

If you have questions about the PhD programme at DARK, contact Julie Meier Hansen.


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