PhD position in operator algebras

PhD position in operator algebras

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30 Apr 23 May Delft

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This vacancy concerns a 4-year PhD position in operator algebras under the supervision of Martijn Caspers at TU Delft. You will be working on a topic which within the area of operator algebras (especially von Neumann algebras) with connections to quantum probability. The aim is to demonstrate that tools form quantum probability and harmonic analysis can be used to describe structural and "rigidity" properties of von Neumann algebras. During the PhD project you will (mildly) be involved in teaching activities and further research activities of the Analysis group. The starting date is flexible.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


• The candidate has a Master in mathematics or will soon obtain a Master in mathematics.
• The candidate has followed courses on operator algebas or related fields in its master curriculum. Related courses are for example (but not exclusively): functional analysis, advanced types of group theory (such as measurable or geometric group theory), harmonic analysis, quantum groups, representation theory, et cetera.
• The candidate likes to do theoretical mathematical research.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

 TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.


Technische Universiteit Delft

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for groundbreaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

You will be working within the Analysis group of DIAM (the TU Delft mathematics faculty). Our group consists of researchers in several parts of functional analysis including operator theory, quantum groups, stochastic analysis, analysis of PDE's, special functions and representation theory. Our group typically hosts 5-8 PhD students and provides a vivid work environment including seminars, several guest researchers and travel opportunities. The group also provides a pleasant social environment with coffee/cake breaks and occasional activities after work. The Analysis group is embedded in the math faculty, which as a whole houses 5 more research groups.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €2325—€2972 per month
  • University graduate
  • EWI2020-46


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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