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  • MSc
  • 38 – 40 hours a wee
  • Apply before February 11th 2021

Job Description

The Mathematical Institute at Utrecht University is offering a PhD position. The successful candidate will work on research in analytic number theory under the supervision of Lola Thompson. This is a standard Dutch 4-year PhD position. As such, the focus is on research, but it will require some modest work as a teaching assistant (in English). The goals of the research project are flexible and will be adapted to the interests and strengths of the PhD candidate. Possible topics include: multiplicative number theory, arithmetic statistics, algorithmic number theory, and/or applications of number theoretic methods to problems in spectral geometry.

The Mathematical Institute has a vibrant Number Theory group consisting of Gunther Cornelissen, Valentijn Karemaker, Marta Pieropan, Lola Thompson, and their postdocs and PhD students. The group runs a weekly Number Theory Seminar, and participates in a wide range of national and international seminars and conferences. Utrecht University’s Mathematical Institute is internationally recognized for its research in both pure and applied mathematics.


The candidate must have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in mathematics in hand prior to the start date. A strong background in number theory, including both analytic and algebraic number theory, is advantageous. That said, mathematical maturity and motivation are the most important. The candidate should be able to communicate effectively in English (knowledge of Dutch is not required).

We offer

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for four years in an international working environment. The full-time gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €2,395 and €3,061 per month in the fourth year. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8%, a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year and funding to attend international conferences and workshops.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements.  For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

At the Faculty of Science there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes which work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

More information

If you have any questions that you’d like us to answer, please contact Lola Thompson (l.thompson@uu.nl).

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the below link.

Apply here

Please enclose:

  • Your letter of motivation, which should include a description of your mathematical interests and a discussion of how this position fits in with your future goals;
  • Your Curriculum vitae;
  • Transcripts from your bachelors and master’s coursework;
  • The names and email addresses of at least two references.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward the link to them.

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most likely be conducted online.

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Keywords: Vacature, Research, PhD, Mathematics, MSc, Fulltime, Utrecht