PhD Candidate in Mathematics (Mathematical General Relativity) Radboud University, Faculty of Science Netherlands

PhD Candidate in Mathematics (Mathematical General Relativity) 


Faculty of Science 

Maximum salary: € 2,972 gross/month 

Vacancy number: 62.08.19 

Application deadline: 14 April 2019



The Department of Mathematics at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) is seeking an outstanding, highly motivated PhD candidate to work on a project in geometric analysis and mathematical general relativity. In particular, you will consider (weak) solutions of the Einstein equations and their global geometry. The position is part of a larger research programme and associated with Dr. Annegret Burtscher. 

Upon successful completion you will be awarded a PhD from Radboud University. You will be encouraged to attend and contribute to international scientific meetings. You will have a light teaching load.


Work environment

You will be based at the Department of Mathematics at Radboud University. The Department of Mathematics is part of the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP). IMAPP has a friendly and open atmosphere, and a strong expertise in mathematical physics and analysis. This year, for the sixth time in the past seven years, our mathematics programme received the highest undergraduate student ratings in a national student survey.


What we expect from you

  • you should hold an MSc in Mathematics, preferably with a strong component in analysis and differential geometry, or expect to have obtained your MSc by the starting date;

  • you may also apply if you hold an MSc in a related discipline with a very strong mathematical component;

  • a background in partial differential equations, (semi-)Riemannian geometry or mathematical general relativity would be an advantage, but high mathematical maturity and motivation are of greater importance;

  • proficiency in spoken and written English is essential.


What we have to offer

  • employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE;

  • a maximum gross monthly salary of € 2,972 based on a 38-hour working week;

  • the gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year;

  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;

  • duration of the contract: 4 years;

  • your performance will be evaluated after 18 months. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;

  • you will be classified as a PhD Candidate (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);

  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.


Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?


Other Information

We encourage applications from underrepresented groups in STEM. The starting date of the position is negotiable.


Would you like to know more?

Further information on: Annegret Burtscher 
Further information on: Mathematics 
Further information on: Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics


For more information about this vacancy, please contact: 
Dr. Annegret Burtscher, Assistant Professor
Telephone: +31 24 3653127


Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of dr. Annegret Burtscher) exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

  • Letter of motivation

  • CV, including email addresses of two academic reference writers

  • a transcript of records, and title and abstract of your Master’s thesis (if applicable, max. 1 page)

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