PhD Position in Logic and Semantics of Computing (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

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The PhD candidate will join the Fundamental Computing group at the Department of Computer Science at the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. The Fundamental Computing group conducts internationally leading research on formal methods using concepts and theories from logic, type theory, category theory and discrete mathematics. The general aim is to improve the correctness and reliability of software, and further develop the foundations of computing.

Job description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 4-year PhD position in Logic and Semantics of Computing at the Fundamental Computing group at the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen.

We are looking for an excellent PhD candidate who is interested in doing research on a topic related to modal logic, (co)algebra, or more generally, applied category theory in computer science. The PhD candidate will work under the supervision of prof.dr. Helle Hvid Hansen , and the research project will be formulated in consultation with the PhD candidate.

As a PhD candidate, you are committed to conduct original research, leading to a PhD thesis to be completed within the 4 years of the appointment, and defended at the University of Groningen. During the appointment, you are expected to present your research results at local/national seminars and international conferences, and to publish them in conference proceedings and journals. PhD candidates are also expected to make a small contribution (at most 10%) to teaching, e.g. as a teaching assistant or by supervising student projects.


The successful candidate should have:
● a Master’s degree or equivalent (e.g., Honours degree) in logic, computer science, mathematics or another relevant field
● an excellent academic record, and a keen interest in doing fundamental research
● strong communication skills in English (written and spoken).

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 for a full-time working week
● a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
● the ‘30% ruling’ tax benefit may apply to non-Dutch applicants
● a full-time position (1.0 FTE). 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 next three years 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 Science and Engineering.

The intended starting date is between September 1 and November 1 (negotiable)

Job Application

Applications should include the following documents submitted as PDFs:

● letter of motivation describing why you are interested in this position (1 page).
● CV (including 2 academic references with contact information and affiliation)
● a research proposal (at most 2 pages) outlining a main topic and goal, how you plan to achieve this goal (methods and approach), and how the proposed research relates to the topics mentioned above
● an electronic copy or a link to a Master’s thesis (possibly a draft), and (if applicable) a Bachelor’s thesis
● copies of official grade transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

You can submit your application until 20 June 11:59pm / before 21 June 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications received by this deadline will be given full consideration; however, the position will remain open until it is filled.

Interviews are planned to be held in the week of 21-25 June 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you 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:

Prof. dr. Helle Hvid Hansen

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221328

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Prof. dr. Helle Hvid Hansen Fundamental Computing group Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and AI

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