Doctoral Candidate in Mathematics: Coding Theory for Distributed Computation
Aalto University, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis

Doctoral Candidate in Mathematics: Coding Theory for Distributed Computation



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Doctoral Candidate in Mathematics: Coding Theory for Distributed Computation

The Algebra and Discrete Mathematics Research Group in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is looking for a doctoral candidate in the area of mathematical coding theory and its applications to distributed computing, including aspects of quantum information theory. The work will be carried out under the supervision of Prof. Camilla Hollanti, within her Algebra, Number Theory, and Applications (ANTA) Group. The ANTA Group believes in diversity, mutual respect, exchange of ideas and carrying out research together as a team.

Preference will be given to candidates with strong knowledge of linear algebra and coding theory, preferably holding an M.Sc. degree in Mathematics. Programming skills and experience in quantum information theory will be greatly valued, but are not necessary. An excellent command of English is required.

The approximate timescale for completing the doctoral degree is 4 years. The new doctoral student will start in January 2020 or as soon as possible after that, as agreed. The maximum funding period is 4 years. The initial salary is €2509 per month, and the contract includes occupational health care and social security benefits.

The Doctoral Program at Aalto University is intended for the candidates of excellent academic background motivated in pursuing a full-time doctoral program and producing cutting-edge research of the highest international level. Applicants must fulfil the admission requirements of the Aalto Doctoral Programme of Science and, if chosen for position, apply for and obtain the right to pursue doctoral studies at Aalto. For more information on the general requirements and the application process for post-graduate studies, please visit

Please send your application in English as a single PDF file through the eRecruitment system via the link ‘Apply now’. Review of applications will begin on November 15, and continue until the position is filled. The application portal will be closed latest on December 5. Your application should include the following documents:

· Statement of purpose (describe your motivation, mathematics skills, scientific interests and career goals, and mention your earliest possible starting date)

· CV

· University transcripts (with clear explanation on the grading scale).

Two reference letters should be sent directly to Camilla Hollanti ( by the writers of the recommendations. 

Aalto University is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, and age. We encourage applications from all suitably qualified persons from all sectors of the community.

For additional information, contact Camilla Hollanti ( 


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