PhD position in Mathematics (TOP Project) University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science - Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics Netherlands

PhD position in Mathematics (TOP Project)

Faculty of Science - Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics


Publication date 21 February 2019

Closing date 31 March 2019

Level of education Master's degree

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month

Vacancy number 19-111


The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites you to apply for a PhD position on the project entitled 'Methods from complex dynamics for locating zeroes of graph polynomials.'


Project description

The project combines elements from graph theory, complex analysis and dynamical systems, and is motivated by problems in complexity theory and statistical physics. The goal is to use and develop techniques in complex dynamical systems to solve open problems in graph theory regarding the location of zeros for graph polynomials. Examples of such graph polynomials include the partition function of the Potts model, the Ising model, the independence polynomial and the chromatic polynomial. Renormalization on recursively defined graphs induces iteration problems for rational maps in one or several complex variables. While the theory in one variable is quite well understood, in several variables many of the tools still remain to be developed.

The project is funded through the TOP 1 NWO grant 'Methods from complex dynamics for locating zeros of graphs polynomials' of Han Peters and Guus Regts.

You will also be involved in teaching in our Bachelor and/or Master programmes in Mathematics. An appropriate travel budget will be provided to attend conferences and present relevant publications.



  • A Master degree in Mathematics or related field;
  • fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Experience in teaching is a plus. 

A background in the above mentioned fields of research is certainly not expected, but affinity with any of these fields will be considered an advantage as is experience in teaching.


Further information

For more information about the position, please contact:

  • Han Peters or Guus Regts



The starting date of the appointment is flexible but should be no later than 1 September 2019.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years. The appointment should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis).

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,325 (first year) up to a maximum of €2,972 (last year). The annual salary will be increased by 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

The KdVI strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.


You can apply no later than 31 March 2019 using the link below. Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:

  • cover letter/letter of motivation (at most 1 page);
  • curriculum vitae, including list of publications;
  • names and contact details of three referees.

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