University of Southern Denmark, IMADA - Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

2377 24064Position ID: SDU-PHD [#24064]
Position Title: PhD Positions in Quantum Mathematics
Position Type: Fellowship or award
Position Location: Odense, 5230, Denmark [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: pure mathematics or theoretical physics
Application Deadline: 2024/03/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/12/13, listed until 2024/05/31)
Position Description:    

Centre for Quantum Mathematics (QM) at Department of Mathematics and Computer Science(IMADA), SDU invites applications for a number of three-year PhD positions with emphasis on either pure mathematics or theoretical physics. Targeted starting date for the positions is 1 August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

There are several funding sources available at the centre, both from European and Danish sources, including the ERC-Synergy Grant “Recursive and Exact New Quantum Theory (ReNewQuantum)” with Corresponding PI and QM Director Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen, the Simons Collaboration grant on “New Structures in Low-Dimensional Topology” with PI Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen, the VILLUM Investigator grant “Mathematics of the open topological string” led by Professor Vivek Shende and the VILLUM Young Investigator grant “New invariants in low­dimensional topology via quantum field theory” led by Associate Professor Du Pei.

Application deadline is 1 March 2024.  We are not permitted to directly contact your academic references under any circumstances so please ensure that their letters have reached us by the deadline.  

Research environment
The QM centre is located at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Science at the international campus in Odense, Denmark. QM is newly established with the ambition to create a highly international and interdisciplinary group within a broad spectrum of pure mathematics and mathematical physics. Odense is a fast-growing international community with an open Scandinavian culture, affordable housing and living costs. 

Candidate profile
We are seeking highly motivated students interested in various areas of pure mathematics or theoretical physics, e.g. algebra, algebraic geometry, differential geometry, algebraic topology, complex geometry, quantum topology, geometric analysis, operator algebra, number theory, quantum field theory, string theory or mathematical physics, but also within the field of applications of pure mathematics in the study of biology, in particular macro-molecular folding, in big data analysis and in quantum computing.

Candidates with a strong pure mathematics or mathematical physics background are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidates will be working closely with internationally renowned researchers at the SDU QM Centre. For the candidate funded by the ReNewQuantum project there will be the possibility to make shorter or longer research stays at one or more of the three partner institutions: University of Geneva (UNIGE), Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) and Institut de Physique Théorique (IPhT), CEA Saclay.

The successful candidates will be expected to have:

  • MSc degree in pure mathematics, mathematical physics or theoretical physics – to be obtained before 1 August 2024 (equivalent to a Danish Master's degree)
  • Excellent writing and oral skills in English and the ability to work independently.

Contact information
Further information is available from the Head of the Centre, Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen (, Professor Vivek Shende ( and Associate Professor Du Pei (

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

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

Application must be in English and made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:

  • A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
  •  A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box "Application form")
  • Detailed CV, including personal contact information
  • Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
  • At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the below link. You should upload two files: A motivated application as well as a CV including other documents for assessment. All documents must be in Adobe pdf-format. 
Since not all members of the assessment committee are Danish-speaking, it is recommended that your application is submitted in English.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

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Centre for Quantum Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense
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