PhD position in Applied Mathematics (1.0 FTE)

Updated: 20 days ago
Deadline: 03 Jan 2022


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Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, a 4-years PhD position is available at the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with the topic of applied mathematics. The candidate would become a member of the Systems Control and Optimization group under the direction of Dr Alden Waters.

Job description

Are you interested in pursuing a PhD in applied mathematics? This PhD position is part of the Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials Center. The Cognigron program has a position available for the development of ordinary differential equation (ODE) theory and computational models for sense of smell. As part of this PhD program you would be working with a team of scientists (Prof. MA Loi and E. Chicca) developing an electronic nose for early lung cancer detection. The project will be focused on the development of predicative models for the electronic nose built for this detection purpose.

Contrary to vision, the mammalian nose works to whiten signals coming from the environment, rather than amplifying the signals. The corresponding ODE models are complicated and nonlinear. As such the existence and uniqueness of such systems will be the core of the project, and computer modeling of the results will be done in conjunction with the Chicca lab.

The student is expected to work collaboratively with the other PhD students in the groups outside of mathematics.
The objective of the temporary position is the production of a number of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, which together will form the basis of a thesis leading to a PhD degree (Dr) at the University of Groningen.


A strong partial and ordinary differential equations background is necessary. Candidates with some programming skills and background in mathematical biology or mathematical physics are preferred. Willingness to collaborate across disciplines is absolutely essential.

Conditions of employment

We offer you, following the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,434 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,111 gross per month in the fourth and final year for a full-time working week
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE). 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. 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 intended starting date is as soon as possible in 2022 (exact date negotiable).


For information you can contact:

Dr Alden Waters,

(please do not use the email addresses above for applications)

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