PhD Candidate: Probability

PhD Candidate: Probability

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19 Jun 14 Jul Nijmegen

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Job description

We seek an outstanding, highly motivated student with an excellent mathematical background for PhD candidacy within a project called ’Fluctuations of the metastable distribution in general SIS using NMF’ supervised by Dr Henk Don. This position is partly funded by the NWO STAR cluster.
The project is in the area of probability, or more precisely, interacting particle systems. The SIS epidemic process (or contact process) models the spread of infectious diseases in complex networks. The goal of the project is to develop tools to analyse and understand process behaviour in metastable equilibrium. In particular, we aim to investigate fluctuations and correlations.
The position is supported by a generous travel allowance and you will be encouraged to attend and contribute to international scientific meetings. You will be given a light teaching load, which may be carried out in English.


Radboud University


  • an MSc degree in Mathematics (or a closely related discipline) by the start of the contract;
  • a decent background in probability;
  • proficiency in English.

Conditions of employment

  • employment: 1.0 FTE
  • the gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (P scale)
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • term of contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years
  • University job profile: PhD Candidate (Promovendus)
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation

The intended start date is 1 September 2019.

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Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


Faculty of Science
This project is embedded in the Applied Stochastics group of the Department of Mathematics at Radboud University. The Applied Stochastics group is chaired by Prof. Eric Cator; other members currently include Dr Ross Kang, one postdoctoral researcher and three PhD candidates.
The Department of Mathematics is part of the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP) and is characterised by a friendly and open professional atmosphere. This year, the mathematics program has earned the highest undergraduate student ratings nationwide.
The city of Nijmegen, with its Roman foundations, stakes a claim to being the oldest in the Netherlands. While Nijmegen has convenient and efficient transport links to larger cities such as Eindhoven, Utrecht and Amsterdam (and to airports in two of those cities), its residents also benefit from the close proximity of nature and greenspace access.
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