Full professor in Applied Algebra and Geometry

Full professor in Applied Algebra and Geometry

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7 Dec 30 Jan Eindhoven

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Do you have a strong academic profile and are you driven by research in applied algebra and geometry? Are you a bridge builder and are you experienced in collaboration with engineers and industry? Your proven managerial skills and your eagerness to take on responsibilities will support you with your vision on building up a research group in applied Algebra and Geometry.

This is a unique opportunity for you!

The Discrete Mathematics (DM) cluster of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (M&CS) at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is looking for a full professor in Applied Algebra and Geometry to build and lead the area. The cluster is expected to open two assistant professor positions over the next few years. The exact profiles of these positions, within the areas of applied algebra and geometry, will be determined by the new full professor (in consultation with the department).

The DM cluster currently consists of three groups: the Discrete Algebra and Geometry group (DAG), the Coding Theory and Cryptology group (CC), and the Mathematical Communication Theory group. DM has put the creation of a renewed DAG group as their main strategic task.

Discrete Algebra and Geometry group (DAG)
The new full professor will take on the leading role in the  Discrete Algebra and Geometry (DAG) group and manage the research and education of this group. A junior researcher already hired in DAG is Rob Eggermont; other direct colleagues for the first few years will be Hans Cuypers and Hans Sterk.  Budget is allocated for two more assistant professors, giving the new full professor ample opportunity to shape the future of this group. This comes with the obvious responsibilities and obligations for the professor leading the group.

Coding Theory and Cryptology group (CC) and Mathematical Communication Theory (MCT)

T he other groups comprising the DM cluster are the Coding Theory and Cryptology group (CC), a group with strong international visibility in post-quantum cryptography, multi-party computation and applications, and the Mathematical Communication Theory (MCT) group, a new group, expanding  around topics in modern coding theory.

What topics do we consider in Discrete Algebra and Geometry

Discrete Algebra and Geometry focuses on algebraic and geometric aspects of discrete structures. It develops the mathematics needed for their description. Algebra is a traditional strength of the DM cluster and our vision with this position is to re-establish it with an applied flavor. Applied algebra and geometry are increasingly important areas of applied mathematics. Algebra and algebraic geometry provide the theoretical tools for answering research questions that are ``discrete'' in nature, but also beyond: In recent years, algebra started to play a crucial role also in the solution of problems that are traditionally dominated by numerical approaches. More specifically, combining techniques from algebra and more traditional numerical methods is key to solve contemporary challenges in, for example, computational biology and optimization. Similarly, algebraic statistics arose from the use of algebraic and geometric methods in statistics, e.g. to understand statistical learning techniques and to infer biological and social networks via algebraic statistical models.

The ideal candidate is accomplished in research and education in applied areas of algebra and geometry and has proven leadership competences to guide and build their own group. The candidate should bring experience in collaborations with engineers and industry or demonstrate an openness towards these. We are seeking to complement the existing strengths in the DM cluster (coding theory and cryptology) and thus are looking for candidates in applied algebra and geometry whose research has applications in other domains of science, such as biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

This position should be filled with a senior researcher with a broad range of research topics. The candidate will connect with the other researchers in the DM cluster and with other groups in the department. E.g. with the groups Combinatorial Optimization, Statistics, and Applied Differential Geometry. You will also bring in your own specific application area.

This vacancy is part of the Irène Curie Fellowship and is currently only open for female candidates.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A PhD degree related to the described area;
  • Ample experience in scientific research, as reflected in publications in scientific top journals and conferences, at a level expected for full professors;
  • International recognition by experts in the field, as reflected by invited lectures at major conferences or renowned institutes as well as editorships;
  • Experience in initiating research projects and acquiring the necessary funding;
  • Teaching expertise on an academic level, preferably in a core position teaching the particular field of study;
  • Proven didactic qualifications and inspiring personality as a teacher;
  • Demonstrable management qualities and willingness to be active in research and/or education management;
  • Motivating and inspiring personality;
  • Has an inspiring vision for the research direction and composition of the group;
  • Experience in coaching and supervising colleagues and PhD students, both in terms of research and of personal growth and career.

Should you feel that you do not fulfill all requirements, yet you are keenly interested in the position we welcome your application. For more information, please contact prof. Tanja Lange, t.lange[at]tue.nl, the chair of the DM cluster.

Conditions of employment

  • We provide a meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the autonomy to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the department.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for academic leadership, the university teaching qualification program, research and valorization competences, and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • The salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus an end-of-the-year allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary is included.
  • We offer a broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V32.6131


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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