PhD position in Forensic Probability and Statistics
PhD position in Forensic Probability and Statistics
Are you interested in working in probability theory and statistics on the edge between theory and practice? The field of Forensic Probability and Statistics is a genuinely mathematical discipline, with meaningful a interactions with biology, philosophy...
The Department of Mathematics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam welcomes applications for a fully-funded, 4-year PhD position in Forensic Probability and Statistics. You will work as a PhD student under supervision of Prof. dr. Ronald Meester. You will be involved in (probably) several projects, ranging from developing probabilistic and statistical machinery with an eye towards forensic applications, to applying such mathematics to concrete forensic and/or legal problems. There will be interaction with the Netherlands Forensic Institute and/or the Faculty of Law. The department forms an inclusive, interdisciplinary group, and diversity and internationalism is at the heart of our research principles, as well as our teaching practice.
The preferred starting date is 1 September 2023 or earlier.
Applications from all groups currently under-represented in academic posts are especially encouraged. We particularly welcome applications from women and people with an ethnic minority background.
- doing research towards writing a PhD thesis
- teaching tasks (roughly 15% of your time), for instance supervising exercise classes and correcting homework
- 30.4—38 hours per week
- €2541—€3247 per month
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
- a (prospective) MSc. degree in Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics
- good communication skills in English
Conditions of employment
Fixed-term contract: 1 year.A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,541 (at the start) and a maximum €3,247 (in the fourth year). The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8-1.0 FTE.
The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for further 3 years. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- contribution to commuting expenses
- optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- good paid parental leave scheme
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.
We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.
The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.
Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to more than 11,000 students.
The Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics strives for excellence in research. The department balances pure mathematical research with mathematical research motivated by applications. Researchers in the department are on one hand active at a fundamental and theoretical level, and, on the other hand, work on applications with links to business, the sciences, and societal issues. The department has a strong international research staff with expertise in dynamical systems, topology, geometry and algebra, as well as in stochastics (statistics, data analytics, probability).
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button by 1 March 2023 and upload: a cover letter, a CV, a list of courses and grades at the MSc level, a (draft) MSc thesis if available, and the names and e-mail addresses of two references.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Ronald Meester
Position: Professor of Mathematics
Working at VU Amsterdam
Working at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam means contributing to a better world. Working beyond the confidence of your own field, working with an open mind and working for the benefit of society.
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