PhD Position in Mathematics

PhD Position in Mathematics

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26 Apr 7 Jun Amsterdam

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Job description

Are you passionate about doing research in mathematics? The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics is looking for an ambitious PhD candidate in mathematics. Your research is part of the Algebra, Geometry and mathematical physics group. You will be joining the project from classical to noncommutative symmetries. The goal of this project to study two mathematical incarnations of symmetry: one in the world of classical geometry where we talk about symmetries of geometric structures, and one in the world of non-commutative geometry (the quantum world in which we end up after quantisation of classical geometry). In particular, the objective is to relate these two notions of symmetry to obtain a deeper understanding of how these two worlds are related. For more information about this research project, please contact Dr. Hessel Posthuma(

What are you going to do?
  • Conduct research within (or related to) the research areas as outlined;
  • Disseminate your research findings through publication in academic journals and participation in academic conferences;
  • Participate in the Faculty of Science PhD training programme;
  • Assist in teaching undergraduates and Master students;
  • Participate in relevant seminars and engage with research collaborations locally and/or internationally;
  • Complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration of four years.

What do you have to offer?
  • Master degree in Mathematics or related field;
  • Affinity with any of the involved research fields mentioned in the project description;
  • Highly motivated;
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken;
  • Experience in teaching is a plus.

Our offer
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 September 1, 2024. 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 salary, will be € 2,770 in the first year and increase to € 3,539 in the last year (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities 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 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.

Any questions?
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About us
The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 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 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 Korteweg-de Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde (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 Science faculty. 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.

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Job application
If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 7 June 2024.

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):
  • a motivation letter and CV, please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a copy of your Master’s thesis (when available);
  • a list of all university courses taken, including a transcript of grades;
  • the name and contact details (including email address) of two referees who can provide details about your profile (one of whom should be the main supervisor of your Master thesis).

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the course of month June 2024.

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University of Amsterdam (UvA)


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 12747


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