PhD position in (parameterized) complexity and algorithms for scheduling and economic analysis of graphs

PhD position in (parameterized) complexity and algorithms for scheduling and economic analysis of graphs

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5 Jun 30 Jun Maastricht

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Job description

The Department of Data Analytics at the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) of Maastricht University offers a 4-year PhD position supervised by dr. Tom van der Zanden. The successful applicant should have (or be close to finishing) a master's degree in (Theoretical) Computer Science, Econometrics, Mathematics, or a related field, ideally with a background in algorithms, graph theory, computational complexity and/or parameterized algorithms/complexity and fixed-parameter tractability.

You will work on analyzing the computational complexity of, and developing algorithms for, problems related to the economics research at GSBE. The project could focus on developing graph algorithms for economic analysis of social networks, or on studying scheduling problems constrained by graphs. There is room to fine-tune the project depending on our mutual interests.

Please submit your application by June 30th 2023, the planned starting date is September 1st 2023.

We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally oriented organisation where students receive an advanced education and scholars conduct exciting research. The PhD candidate will have the unique opportunity to carry out research within the Research Themes and Centres of Expertise within the research programme at the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) and will contribute to the development and outreach of its research. The candidate will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field.

The department of Data Analytics and Digitalisation (DAD) connects data science (mathematics, statistics, computer science, artificial intelligence) with business and economics research (finance, accounting, marketing, information management, operations, micro- and macroeconomics, policy design). You will work in this interdisciplinary department alongside colleagues from various disciplines.


Maastricht University (UM)


Are you self-motivated, curious and interested in research? Do you have a record of high academic achievement (e.g., good grades and/or involvement in other academic activities), the skills required to become an excellent researcher in the field of your choice and have good proficiency in English? If so, then a PhD position at SBE might be the challenge you are looking for.

To apply for this PhD position, you must submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Motivation letter
  • A copy or your master’s thesis (or draft thereof)
  • Diplomas/degrees including a grade transcript of previous education at Master level
  • The names of two references

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

Conditions of employment

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of €2.541,- with a yearly growth to €3.247,- gross a month (based on a full-time appointment). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3%. You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > About UM > Working at UM.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. 
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School of Business and Economics (SBE)

SBE is one of the youngest economic faculties in the Netherlands with a distinctive profile and a Triple Crown accreditation. SBE provides high-quality education and conducts excellent research from an international perspective. The faculty believes in creating close cooperation with academic partners and social stakeholders, its students and alumni, with the business community and with organizations in the Limburg Euregion, the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. More information is available at


  • PhD
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT2023.267


Maastricht University (UM)

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