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Vacancy number
Function type
PhD positions
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
22 February 2022
Closing date
18 March 2022 Vacancy closed

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

PhD candidate/graduate student in algebraic geometry.

Vacancy number: 22-098

Job description

The Mathematical Institute of Leiden University invites applicants for a PhD position with David Holmes in algebraic geometry. You are likely to end up working on a problem somewhere around enumerative and/or logarithmic geometry. You will be joining an active and growing group around enumerative and log geometry, with 3 other PhD candidates and 1-2 postdocs working on closely related topics, within a larger group in Leiden specialising in algebra, geometry and number theory. We run a lot of local reading groups, as well as taking part in national algebraic geometry seminars. The position comes with some light teaching duties. 


  • An MSc in Mathematics;
  • A strong background in algebraic geometry;
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic and creative researcher;
  • English communication and writing skills.

Our organization

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 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 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.

Mathematical Institute

The Mathematical Institute is one of the eight institutes within the Faculty of Science. 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.

MI students have named MI Top Teaching for the fifth year in a row.

For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science/mathematics; https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science and  https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at

Conditions of employment

We offer a full-time appointment of initially one year, with an extension after a positive evaluation of the progress of the research, personal capabilities and compatibility. The appointment will be extended for another three years for PhD candidates (salary range from 2.443,-  to € 3.122,-  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 https://www.graduateschools.leidenuniv.nl/. 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 applicants from all backgrounds are very welcome. The university and the institute aim to be an open and supportive environment for everyone and we are looking forward to your application.

Additional information

Starting date

From 1 September 2022, flexible.

Maximum 10% teaching; this usually means assisting 1-2 courses per year.

It is not expected that you speak any Dutch when you arrive, and it is not necessary for life at work or outside of it. Dutch courses are offered by the MI, and can be a nice way to feel more at home.


Enquiries can be made to David Holmes, email holmesdst@math.leidenuniv.nl
You can get an idea of David’s research interests at https://davidholmes.nl/


To apply for this vacancy, please send your cover letter and curriculum vitae via the ‘apply’ button below. Applications should also include two references (with e-mail addresses), the transcript of master’s grades and a draft master’s thesis, if available.

The application deadline is 18 March 2022

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