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Postdoctoral fellows in Stochastics and Algorithmics (COFUND), for The research project NETWORKS

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27 oktober 2021
15 november 2021 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Science and the Mathematical Institute is looking for: 

8 Postdoctoral fellows in Stochastics and Algorithmics (COFUND), for The research project NETWORKS

Vacancy number: 21-548


The NETWORKS project is a collaboration of world-leading researchers from four institutions in The Netherlands: TU Eindhoven, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). Research in NETWORKS focuses on stochastics and algorithmics for network problems. NETWORKS offers a highly stimulating research environment and an extensive training program for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.
Recently NETWORKS was awarded a COFUND grant the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, funded by the European Commission. The grant allows NETWORKS to expand its activities by opening positions for an additional 14 postdoctoral fellows. You can find all details of the NETWORKS programme and the projects available in our information package.
Please read this information package carefully before applying.

Selection Criteria

At the starting date of your employment as a postdoctoral fellow in the NETWORKS COFUND program, you should be in possession of a PhD degree or obtaining one within three months. We focus on training researchers in the early stages after their PhD, so you have at most three years full-time post-PhD-degree research experience at the date of recruitment.

Moreover, you meet the mobility requirement of the MSCA which encourages transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.  The mobility requirement is: You may not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than twelve months  in  the  three  years immediately  before  the starting date  of  your employment.

Research at our faculty

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.

For more information, see here and here.

Terms and conditions 

We offer a full time employment contract for 2 years. Salary range from €2,836 tot €4,474 gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (pay scale 10 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 and sabbatical leave. 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.

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


Applications should be done through an online form. You should fill in the online application form and provide the following documents combined in one pdf, in English:

  • A proposal (about 3-5 pages) with your research idea and main aim(s), briefly describing approach, methodology, challenges, originality, time table, required training, ethical issues, and potential societal use.
  • A motivation letter that must, among other things, mention the research theme(s) you are interested in and/or the NETWORKS research groups or supervisors you would like to work with;
  • A CV, a copy of your PhD degree and your PhD thesis;
  • In the online application system you can supply the names and email addresses of up to three references, who will be contacted by us for recommendation letters.


So, if you are interested in doing a postdoctoral fellowship within stochastics or algorithms in the NETWORKS project, then have a look at our information package and apply through this website.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2021.


Questions? Please contact Marieke Kranenburg, info@thenetworkcenter.nl

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