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2 PhD candidates in Mathematics Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Publication date
19 July 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,266 to €2,897 gross per month
Closing date
31 August 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdV Institute) is the mathematical research institute of the Faculty of Science of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The KdV Institute offers a stimulating scientific environment in which research focuses mainly within the research programmes:

  1. Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics;
  2. Pure, Applied and Numerical Analysis, and
  3. Stochastics.

It also provides the lecturers and instructors for the mathematics teaching within the Faculty of Science. The KdV Institute participates in the NWO research clusters GQT, STAR, NDNS+ and DIAMANT and in the Gravity programme NETWORKS. There is formal (and informal) cooperation with the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the VU University, and with Eurandom in Eindhoven. KdVI counts about 30 staff members and 40 postdocs and PhD students.

Project descriptions

The Korteweg – de Vries Institute of the Faculty of Science is inviting applications for two fully funded PhD position (4 years) for the research project:

Methods from complex dynamics for locating zeroes of graph polynomials.

The project combines elements from graph theory, complex analysis and dynamical systems, and is motivated by problems in complexity theory and statistical physics. The goal is to use and develop techniques in complex dynamical systems to solve open problems in graph theory regarding the location of zeros for graph polynomials. Examples of such graph polynomials include the partition function of the Potts model, the Ising model, the independence polynomial and the chromatic polynomial. Renormalization on recursively defined graphs induces iteration problems for rational maps in one or several complex variables. While the theory in one variable is quite well understood, in several variables many of the tools still remain to be developed.

The project is funded through the TOP 1 NWO grant “Methods from complex dynamics for locating zeros of graphs polynomials” of Han Peters and Guus Regts.


  • Master degree in Mathematics or related field;
  • highly motivated;
  • fluent in English, both written and spoken.

A background in the above mentioned fields of research is certainly not expected, but affinity with any of these fields will be considered an advantage as is experience in teaching.

Further information

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The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The PhD student is also expected to assist in the teaching of undergraduates.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary will range from €2,266 in the first year to €2,897 in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may only submit your application online using the link below. You should include the following information in separate PDF files (not zipped), using surname, initials and a self-evident word as file names, e.g., Smith J CV:

  • a letter of motivation (at most 1 page), explaining why you are interested in this position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a copy of your Master’s thesis (when available). If not yet available, please include a copy of your Bachelor’s thesis;
  • a list of all university courses taken, including a transcript of grades;
  • the name and contact details (including email address) of three referees who can provide details about your profile (one of whom should be the main supervisor of your Master thesis).

We will accept applications until 31 August 2018. To process your application immediately, please quote the vacancy number: 18-443. The committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered. #LI-DNP

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