The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites you to apply for a PhD position in Combinatorics.
What will you be doing
You will work on the project entitled ‘Counting colorings using complex dynamics’. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated applicant with a good background in graph theory, theoretical computer science or complex dynamical systems. In particular, some knowledge of graph polynomials and partition functions will be appreciated. The project is centered around determining the location of the complex zeros of the partition function of the Potts model on bounded degree graphs using techniques from complex dynamical system, combinatorics and statistical physics.
- You will perform research on the project ‘Counting colorings using complex dynamics’.
- You will be part of the discrete mathematics group with its senior and junior members.
- You will contribute to educational programmes at the University of Amsterdam.
What do we require
- A Master’s degree in mathematics (to be completed before the start of the project).
- A strong interest in graph polynomials, algorithms, or complex dynamics.
- Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
Experience in teaching is a plus.
We offer a temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of four 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 four years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The starting date is flexible, but preferably 1 September 2022.
Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €2,434 to €3,111 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.
The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 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 Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) is the mathematics research institute at the UvA. We conduct world-class research in the fields of Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics; Pure, Applied and Numerical Analysis; Discrete Mathematics and Quantum Information; and Stochastics. A smaller portion of our research is directed at teaching (focus area blended learning) or history of mathematics. We are involved with various national and international research collaborations. In addition, we also provide the lecturers and instructors for the mathematics teaching within the Science faculty and within the national programme Mastermath. The institute has about 30 faculty members and 40 postdocs and PhD students.
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