The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI)  invites you to apply for a PhD position focused on graph/matroid polynomials and their applications.

This position will support research in algebraic and topological graph theory, especially graph polynomials and their applications. You should enjoy working with graphs, digraphs, ribbon graphs, or matroids, particularly by using algebraic and computational tools to extract information from their polynomial invariants.

The area of graph polynomials is highly active, with new applications and new graph polynomials being discovered each year. Moreover, a wide range of approaches enhance the problems in this area. These may include expanding the domains into e.g. (delta) matroid and topological graph theory, applying algebraic techniques to the polynomials themselves, studying the zeros and comparative properties of polynomials, and computational complexity questions. The scope of the work may also include any of the many applications of graph polynomials, such as phase transitions in physical systems, DNA sequencing and self-assembly, or knot invariants.

What are you going to do?

You will:

  • perform research on graph/matroid polynomials and their applications;
  • be part of the research group Discrete Mathematics and interact with its senior and junior members;
  • contribute to educational programs at the University of Amsterdam.

What do we require?

  • A Master’s degree in Mathematics or closely related field with a substantial mathematics component;
  • a strong interested in graph theory and its applications;
  • 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.


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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 can 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);
  • 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.

No agencies please

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