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PhD candidates in Mathematics

Vacancy number
Function type
PhD positions
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
21 January 2020
Closing date
28 February 2020

Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science of Leiden University, the Mathematical Institute is looking for 

PhD candidates in Mathematics

Key responsibilities
The Mathematical Institute of Leiden University invites applicants for a PhD position in any of the research areas of the institute, which are algebra, geometry and number theory; analysis and dynamical systems; probability theory and statistics. Contacting possible supervisors within the MI before applying is encouraged. The position comes with some light teaching duties.

Selection criteria

  • An MSc degree in Mathematics;
  • A strong background in one of the research areas of the institute;
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic and creative researcher;
  • English communication and writing skills.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2.200 staff and almost 4,200 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Mathematical Institute is one of the eight institutes within the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. It is responsible for the research and education in mathematics and statistics at Leiden University. The institute has a strong international orientation. Its mission is to perform high quality research at the frontiers of mathematical knowledge, and to educate future generations of mathematicians and statisticians in a friendly but challenging environment.

The expertise of the members of the institute covers a broad range of topics, with a focus on Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory; Analysis and Dynamical Systems; Probability Theory; and Statistics. Research is focused both on fundamental mathematics and statistics and on applications in other sciences, society and industry.

The institute offers educational programmes in pure and applied mathematics and in statistics. It also offers many courses in mathematics and statistics for other academic programmes.

Terms and conditions  
We offer a  full-time appointment of initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility, the appointment will be extended for another three years. Salary range from € 2.325,-  to €2.972,-  gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Peter Stevenhagen, director Mathematical Institute, email psh@math.leidenuniv.nl, or contact any of the other staff members of the institute.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to the institute manager Mieke Schutte, email a.e.m.schutte@math.leidenuniv.nl.  Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • A Motivation letter;
  • A CV;
  • Contact details of at least two referees (former supervisors);
  • The transcripts of your MSc studies.

Only applications received no later than 28 February 2020 can be considered.

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