PhD position in Dynamical Systems (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

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Job description

The Bernoulli Institute (BI) of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen has an opening for a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr Hildeberto Jardón Kojakhmetov.

The PhD candidate will be part of the Dynamical Systems, Geometry, and Mathematical Physics (DSGMP) group. The main focus of the PhD candidate will be to extend Geometric Singular Perturbation Theory (GSPT) to adaptive network(ed) systems. The main theoretical work will be built around GSPT, Equivariant Dynamical Systems, and Network Theory. In particular it is planned that the research of the PhD candidate will better relate symmetries induced by a network structure, topological properties of a network, and qualitative methods of dynamical systems for the mathematical analysis of the dynamic network. The research also envisions the development and refinement of computational algorithms which aid in the analysis of singularly perturbed network(ed) systems. These algorithms will help by carrying out symbolic computations and reliable simulations. We plan that the potential applications of the PhD candidate's research will be developed in collaboration with the MINDS group ( of the University of Groningen.


The successful candidate for this PhD position will have the following qualifications/qualities:

● a Master’s degree in Mathematics / Applied Mathematics / Theoretical Physics / or related areas
● knowledge of, and/or Master Thesis broadly within, Dynamical Systems Theory is considered an advantage
● proficiency in a programming language is considered an asset, but is not necessary
● excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
● excellent communication skills, so as to function as a proactive group member
● enthusiasm and initiative to perform creative research in an interdisciplinary setting.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

● a salary of € 2,395 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth and final year
● a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
● a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
● an 8.3% year-end bonus.

The position is offered for four years. 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 contract period 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 the Faculty.

The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources:

Job Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by uploading one PDF file as ‘letter of motivation’ that includes:
● vacancy number of this position
● motivation letter (2 pages max.)
● detailed curriculum vitae
● name and (email) address of three professional references who are willing to write a reference letter supporting the candidate's application.

You may apply for this position until 31 August 11:59 pm / before 1 September 2020 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

A pre-selection will be carried during September 2020 and decisions will be communicated no later than 30 September 2020. If pre-selected, the potential candidate will be invited to an online interview. Particular instructions for the interview will be notified when appropriate. A definitive selection is expected no later than 31 October 2020. The PhD candidate is expected to start within 6 months after being offered the position.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Hildeberto Jardón Kojakhmetov, Assistant Professor

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220242

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