4 PhD's in Mathematics

Faculteit/Dienst:  Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
Opleidingsniveau:  Master
Functie type:  Promotieplaats
Sluitingsdatum:  31-5-2023
Vacaturenummer:  11549

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is looking for:


4 PhD students


What are you expected to do


You execute a PhD-research project, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. The positions will be available in the four research programs where in which the institute is active:

  • Analysis
  • Stochastics
  • Discrete Mathematics and Quantum Information
  • Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics

On our website you will find general information about the Research Programs.


What do we require


By the PhD starting date, which will typically be in Autumn 2023, we require a Master’s degree in Mathematics, or a closely related field with a substantial mathematics component. Experience in teaching is a plus.

In the case of equal suitability, we will give preference to the candidate who contributes most to the diversity of our institute. In particular, we strongly encourage women to apply.


Our offer


A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that may include attendance of courses and (international) meetings.

The starting date is Autumn 2023.


The salary will be €2.541 to €3.247 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • a complete educational program for PhD students;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.


Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


About us


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the widest range of training courses. An intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 PhD students. Connected by a culture of curiosity.


Employees of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science (FNWI) are driven by a shared passion to find out how the world works. Our eight research institutes cover the entire width of the natural sciences: from astronomy and physics, to life and earth sciences, molecular sciences, mathematics and information sciences. Whether we are unraveling the origins and building blocks of life or at the basis of the technology for the future, we find each other in an unlimited curiosity.

With around 1,600 employees, we are committed every day to conveying our knowledge and curiosity to the more than 7,000 students in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes that we offer on our Amsterdam Science Park campus. In this way, we train the next generation of scientists and inspire them at the start of their own journey of discovery.


The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) is the research institute for Mathematics and has more than 90 employees. Research Programmes are:

  • Stochastics
  • Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics
  • Analysis
  • Discrete Mathematics and Quantum Information

The KdVI was assessed very positively by an external review committee in 2022. The research is of high quality, the institute has grown in size in recent years, and is prominent in the (inter)national mathematics world and in (interdisciplinary) networks with other organizations and companies.


The KdVI also provides the knowledge, management and manpower for the Bachelor's programme in Mathematics and the Master's programmes 'Mathematics' and 'Stochastics and Financial Mathematics'. In addition, employees of the institute provide service education in the field of mathematics within other programmes.


In programmes and projects, the KdVI works closely with other scientific institutes and disciplines, with civil society organisations and the (financial) business community.

The institute also plays a central role in the national mathematics network LNMB and in the secretarial support of the national mathematics master's programme MasterMath.


Would you like to know more about working at the UvA? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam here.




For more information about the job, please contact:


Prof. dr. Joris Mooij



Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics

Prof. dr. Sergey Shadrin




Prof. dr. Rob Stevenson



Discrete Mathematics and Quantum Information

Prof. dr. Jo Ellis-Monaghan





Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by May 31, 2023. You can apply online by using the button below. 


Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter that explains: 1) why you have chosen to apply for a PhD position at the KdVI and 2) which of the four research programs you prefer;
  • a copy of your Master’s thesis or, if not completed, a copy of your Bachelor’s thesis (please include it even if it is not written in English);
  • a complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grades);
  • names and contact information of two academic references (please do not include any recommendation letters).


All these should be grouped in a single PDF attachment.


Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.



The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


No agencies please.