Universiteit Leiden, Mathematical Institute

1041 21975Position ID: MI-PHDALGGEOM [#21975, PhD_AlgGeom]
Position Title: PhD Candidate/Graduate student in algebraic geometry
Position Type: Other
Position Location: Leiden, Zuid-Holland 2333 CA, Netherlands [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Algebraic Geometry
Starting Date: 2023/09/01
Application Deadline: 2023/02/26 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/01/19, finished 2023/09/02, listed until 2023/02/26)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Mathematical Institute of the Faculty of Science, Leiden University, is looking for a PhD candidate:

The Mathematical Institute of Leiden University invites applicants for a PhD position with David Holmes in algebraic geometry. You are likely to end up working on a problem somewhere around enumerative and/or logarithmic geometry. You will be joining an active and growing group around enumerative and log geometry, with 3 other PhD candidates and 1-2 postdocs working on closely related topics, within a larger group in Leiden specialising in algebra, geometry and number theory. We run a lot of local reading groups, as well as taking part in national algebraic geometry seminars. The position comes with some light teaching duties.

  • An MSc in Mathematics;
  • A strong background in algebraic geometry, preferable with some knowledge of enumerative, logarithmic, or tropical geometry;
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic and creative researcher;
  • English communication and writing skills.
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. 

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,500 staff and almost 6,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. 

Mathematical Institute
The Mathematical Institute (MI) is one of the eight institutes within the Faculty of Science and has a strong international orientation. Its mission is to push the frontiers of scientific knowledge by developing and applying high quality mathematics, while offering a wide range of mathematical training in a friendly but challenging environment. 

We believe that mathematics is an essential part of human knowledge and our staff members take pride in their role as keepers of this rich field of science. They are dedicated to push the boundaries of mathematical knowledge and to contribute their experience towards solving problems faced in other sciences, society and industry. In addition, many of our staff members work hard to promote mathematical literacy in society at large through a multitude of outreach activities.

We offer a full-time appointment of initially one year, with an extension after a positive evaluation of the progress of the research, personal capabilities and compatibility. The appointment will be extended for another three years for PhD candidates (salary range from € 2.541,-  to € 3.247,-  gross per month; pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science Graduate School of Science - Leiden University (universiteitleiden.nl). Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.


Starting date
Around September 2023, flexible. 

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive. 

Maximum 15 % teaching; You could think of  1 lecture course per year, thesis supervision of BSc and MSc students, and/or assistance with lectures.

It is not expected that you speak any Dutch when you arrive, and it is not necessary for life at work or outside of it. Dutch courses are offered by the MI, and can be a nice way to feel more at home. 

Enquiries can be made to David Holmes, email holmesdst@math.leidenuniv.nl
You can get an idea of David’s research interests at Home (davidholmes.nl)

To apply for this vacancy, please send your cover letter and curriculum vitae via the ‘apply’ button. Applications should also include two references (with e-mail addresses), the transcript of master’s grades and a draft master’s thesis, if available. 

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The application deadline is 26 February 2023. 

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Further Info:
email address
Leiden University
Gorlaeus - Mathematical Institute, HR Office BW 2.06
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CA Leiden