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PhD position in Mathematical Physics (1.0 FTE) (218498)


Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

Our research group, Dynamical Systems, Geometry and Mathematical Physics, is part of the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the university.

The research activities of the group cover a broad and diverse spectrum of subjects in the fields of fundamental, applied and computational dynamical systems theory, classical, statistical and quantum systems and their interfaces in the light of dynamics, and theoretical and applied aspects of geometry with many connections to dynamical systems theory. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and well established research group. Within the project there will be plenty of opportunities to collaborate with national and international research partners.

Job description

The main topic of research will be the geometry and spectral properties of quantum systems. The deep connection between the geometry of classical Hamiltonian systems and their quantum mechanical counterpart has been shown in multiple context, and resulted in deep applications in many different fields of mathematics.

During the course of the PhD, the candidate will work on deepening this knowledge by exploring new frontiers of the semi-classical theory of singular systems. The successful candidate will work on the study and understanding of quantum resonances in the semi-classical limits for Schrödinger operators with long range perturbations and localized magnetic fields. Results in this direction will open further direction of research both in semi-classical mechanics and in spectral geometry.


Successful candidates will have completed a master’s degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or another field of science relevant for the position. They have good command of English (oral and written), are enthusiastic and have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team, have a passion for science, are highly motivated to work in mathematical physics and differential geometry, possess excellent communication skills and an affinity for writing scientific papers and delivering presentations. Familiarity with Hamiltonian system, semi-classical analysis and spectral theory are welcome but not strictly required.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, a salary of € 2,266 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,897 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE), excluding a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and a 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance. The position is limited to a period of 4 years. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.

The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected.

You may apply for this position until 16 December 23:59h / before 17 December 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Application should include:
• letter of motivation
• cv (including contact information of at least two academic references)
• transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Applications received before 17 December 2018 will be given full consideration; however, the position will remain open until it is filled.

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