PhD Statistics

PhD Statistics

Published Deadline Location
2 Jul 15 Aug Leiden

Job description

The Mathematical Institute of the Faculty of Science, Leiden University, is looking for

2 PhD candidates in Statistics.

Job description
The Mathematical Institute of Leiden University invites applicants for 2 PhD positions working with prof.dr. Marta Fiocco and dr. Marta Spreafico within the Data Analysis and Survival for Personalised Oncology (DASPO) group.
The candidates will conduct research within the field of survival analysis, causality, and prediction modelling. This covers developing new statistical methods, investigating its properties by simulations and theoretical considerations, and applying them to medical cancer data. The positions come with light teaching duties.

  • MSc in Mathematics or Statistics completed before the start of the PhD position
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic and creative researcher who is eager to learn
  • Experience in programming (e.g., R software)
  • Enthusiasm for cancer applications

Leiden University
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to contribute to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,500 staff and almost 6,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

Mathematical Institute
The Mathematical Institute (MI) is one of the eight institutes within the Faculty of Science and has a strong international orientation. Its mission is to push the frontiers of scientific knowledge by developing and applying high quality mathematics, while offering a wide range of mathematical training in a friendly but challenging environment.
We are dedicated to push the boundaries of mathematical knowledge and to contribute our experience towards solving problems faced in other sciences, society and industry. In addition, many of our staff members work hard to promote mathematical literacy in society at large through a multitude of outreach activities.

For more information, see:

Conditions of employment
  • We offer a full-time appointment of initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the research, teaching evaluations, personal capabilities and compatibility, the appointment will be extended for another three years.
  • The gross salary ranges from €2.770,- per month in the first year to €3.539,- gross per month in the fourth year based on a full-time position (pay scale P).
  • Additional funding is available to support travel to conferences and workshops abroad.
  • Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package including pension build-up, paid parental leave and additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%). Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see our website:
  • → Working at Leiden University → Application process and working conditions

Additional information

Starting date:
September/December 2024

Diversity and inclusion:
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential.

Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research.


It is not expected that you speak any Dutch when you arrive, and it is not necessary for life at work or outside of it. Dutch courses are offered by the MI, and can provide a nice way to foster a closer connection with the Netherlands.

For more information regarding these positions, you are welcome to contact prof.dr. Marta Fiocco ( and dr. Marta Spreafico (

To apply for this vacancy, please send:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript of bachelor and master’s grades
  • Bachelor’s and if available master’s thesis (can be an early version)

The application deadline is 15 August 2024.


Leiden University


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 14996



Rapenburg 70, 2311EZ, Leiden

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Make sure to apply no later than 15 Aug 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).