PhD Position in Stochastic Modeling and Computational Finance for Renewable Energy Markets

PhD Position in Stochastic Modeling and Computational Finance for Renewable Energy Markets

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8 Mar 13 Apr Amsterdam

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Job description

The Computational Science Lab (CSL) at the University of Amsterdam is pleased to announce an open PhD position in Stochastic Modeling and Computational Methods in Finance, with a focus on Renewable Energy Markets. This role is perfect for someone who not only has a strong foundation in stochastic modeling and computational finance but is also eager to apply these mathematical/computational techniques to the dynamic and increasingly vital area of renewable energy markets.

As a PhD candidate in our group, you will dive deep into the complexities of financial mathematics, developing and refining models and efficient numerical techniques that are both theoretically sound and practically relevant. The focus on Renewable Energy Markets means you'll be at the cutting edge, applying your skills to a sector that is not only academically challenging but also crucial for our sustainable future.

We're looking for a candidate who thrives in an environment where theoretical mathematics meets practical application. Your work will contribute to a deeper understanding of renewable energy markets and help shape sustainable practices in the energy sector.

What are you going to do?
As a PhD candidate you will:
  • Engage in advanced research on stochastic modelling techniques and their applications in the financial aspects of renewable energy markets.
  • Develop and implement innovative computational methods to analyze and predict market dynamics in the renewable energy sector.
  • Design and study stochastic models for renewable energy variables like electricity spot and forward prices or wind and solar power production forecasts based on continuous-time autoregressive moving-average processes.
  • Implement efficient pricer and hedging strategies for various contigent claims written on renewable energy variables and analyse their performance and statistical properties.
  • Explore optimal control problems in renewable energy trading.
  • Collaborate with a team of experts in fields such as sustainable finance, stochastic analysis, statistics and computational science.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary projects that aim to address real-world challenges in the renewable energy market.
  • Contribute to academic publications and present your findings at international conferences and seminars.
  • Actively participate in the department’s educational programs, possibly including the supervision of undergraduate or master’s level students.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven candidate who meets the following requirements:
  • Educational Background: You should have a Master's degree (or be close to obtaining one) in a field relevant to the position, such as Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Statistics, Computational Finance, or a related discipline.
  • Experience: Experience in working with stochastic processes, stochastic models and statistical analysis is required, as, e.g., proven by a Master’s thesis in this field.
  • Technical Proficiency: The candidate should be proficient in a programming language commonly used in computational finance, such as Python, R, MATLAB, or Julia. Experience with data analysis tools and software is highly desirable.
  • Interest in Renewable Energy Markets: You should have a genuine interest in the field of renewable energy markets. Familiarity with the current trends, challenges, and opportunities in this sector will be a significant advantage.
  • Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills: You should have excellent analytical abilities and a problem-solving mindset, with the capacity to work on complex financial models and data sets.
  • Communication Skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. You should be able to articulate your research findings effectively to both academic and non-academic audiences. Proficiency in English is required.
  • Teamwork and Independence: You should be highly motivated, committed to your research, and have a passion for academic excellence. While you should be able to work independently, you must also be a good team player, ready to collaborate with other researchers and contribute to joint projects.

Knowledge, skills and experiences which are a plus (pre):
  • Previous Experience: Any previous experience or exposure to the energy sector, particularly renewable energy trading, through internships, research projects, or coursework will be highly regarded.

Conditions of employment

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). The preferred starting date is to be discussed. This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,770 in the first year to € 3,539 in the last year (scale P). UvA additionally offers an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. The UFO profile PhD Candidate is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park, we offer you multiple fringe benefits:
  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • Multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • A complete educational program for PhD students
  • Multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • Partly paid parental leave;
  • The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • The possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • Help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.


Faculty of Science

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science (FNWI) has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 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 mission of the Informatics Institute (IvI) is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.

The Computational Science Lab (CSL) is a research group within the Informatics Institute, focussing on the information processing of complex and dynamic systems in, e.g, biology, economics or finance. As PhD student in computational finance in our lab, you will also be part of the Ai4Fintech program. Initiated by the UvA, AI4FinTech is a dynamic and collaborative community that blends expertise in Artificial Intelligence with Financial Technology. In addition, our group collaborates closely with the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics in form of joint seminars and research projects.

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  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €2770 per month
  • University graduate
  • 12750


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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