PhD position in Machine Learning / Reinforcement Learning / Evolutionary Computation

IT University of Copenhagen


July 1, 2021


PhD position in Machine Learning / Reinforcement Learning / Evolutionary Computation

The IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals to apply for a funded PhD position starting as soon as possible or after agreement.

The position is funded by an Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) Sapere Aude grant (INNATE) led by Sebastian Risi.

The overall aim of this project is to create adaptive machines that can continually learn from experience and apply previously learned knowledge to novel situations. Current machine learning systems can only deal with situations they have been trained for in advance; they are unable to adapt quickly and during execution to unexpected events. In the INNATE project, the goal is to devise a new class of algorithms based on a combination of evolutionary computation and state-of-the-art reinforcement learning to significantly extend the usefulness of simulated agents and robots.

The successful candidate should have experience in some of the following topics:

  • Deep RL / meta-learning / continual learning
  • Machine learning
  • Neuroevolution / evolutionary algorithms
  • Neurobiology / systems neuroscience
  • Evolutionary developmental biology
  • The successful candidate will work together with Sebastian Risi (www. and join the Robotics, Evolution, and Art Lab (REAL) and the Creative AI Lab.

    Qualification Requirements The following qualifications are required:

  • 3 year programme: candidates should have an MSc (or equivalent)
  • Application The application must be in English and must include:

  • A cover letter;
  • A statement of purpose, which provides evidence of independent thinking, novelty and originality, and a state of the art grasp of the targeted research field matching the project description above;
  • Documentation of academic degree(s); grade transcripts that documents outstanding academic achievement;
  • Curriculum Vitae, which must include two professional/academic references;
  • Applications may also include a relevant scientific publication written by the applicant, or the applicants master thesis. Letters of recommendation can also be included in the application
  • Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.

    It is understood that even highly qualified applicants will satisfy these requirements to varying degrees, for example because of differences in publication cultures in various research fields.

    Early contact with our faculty staff is strongly encouraged.

    General information The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.

    The campus is located at the south-eastern part of Copenhagen on Amager. It is close to the beach and several nature parks. Copenhagen is a vibrant city.

    Successful applicants will be employed and enrolled at the ITU University for a period of 3 years.

    Salary Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance's agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

    Application procedure You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our website: https://

    Please read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form. You can see the guidelines through this link: https: // for-applicants

    Applications must be written in English. All other documents, such as transcripts must be accompanied by a translation in English or Danish.

    Questions about the positions can be directed to Sebastian Risi, IT University of Copenhagen, e-mail

    The applicant will be assessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.

    The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. I In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

    Application deadline: 1 July 2021, at 23:59 CET/CEST.

    Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

    The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

    IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300 Copenhagen S


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