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The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) of the University of Amsterdam is looking for a PhD to study quantum problems with algebraic graph theory. 

A surprising thing occurs in graph theory where the eigenvalues of various adjacency matrices of graphs capture information about the graph. Trivially, they give the number of vertices and edges of a graph. Less trivially, eigenvalues give bounds on the chromatic number, co-clique number and other graph invariants. It has even been widely conjectured that the eigenvalues of a graph almost always determines the isomorphism class. Quantum walks are an important concept in the study of quantum algorithms and can be thought of as a quantum process on an underlying graph. This setup allows for the application of classical techniques in algebraic graph theory to quantum information theory. 

What are you going to do?

You will:

  • perform research on Quantum problems with algebraic graph theory;
  • be part of the research group Discrete Mathematics and interact with its senior and junior members;
  • contribute to educational programmes at the University of Amsterdam.

What do we require?

  • A Master’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science or a related discipline;
  • a strong background in discrete mathematics, linear algebra or related topics;
  • excellent writing and communication skills in English.

Experience in teaching is a plus.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The starting date is flexible, but not later than 1 September 2021.

The salary will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science and the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) is the mathematics research institute at the University of Amsterdam. We conduct world-class research in the fields of Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics; Pure, Applied and Numerical Analysis; Discrete Mathematics and Quantum Information; and Stochastics. A smaller portion of our research is directed at teaching (focus area blended learning) or history of mathematics. We are involved with various national and international research collaborations. In addition, we also provide the lecturers and instructors for the mathematics teaching within the Science faculty and within the national programme Mastermath. The institute has about 30 faculty members and 40 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

Questions?

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The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 31 January 2021. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter that explains why you have chosen to apply for this specific position;
  • a copy of your Master’s thesis or, if not completed, a copy of your Bachelor’s thesis (please include it even if it is not written in English);
  • a complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grades);
  • a mathematical writing sample consisting of solutions to two of the three problems as shown in this document;
  • names and contact information of two academic references (please do not include any recommendation letters).

All these should be grouped in a single PDF attachment.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.
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