PhD position in probability and mathematical statistics

Faculty of Science – Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics

Publication date
22 November 2018
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,266 to €2,897 gross per month
Closing date
5 January 2019
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) at the Faculty of Science invites you to apply for a PhD position on the project entitled Road Traffic Management under uncertainty.

Project description

This project concerns solving optimisation problems on traffic networks under uncertainty. The uncertainty comes from the fact that the current state of the network in terms of congestion is unknown (and perhaps changing), and so data has to be collected in real time by the units whose trajectories are to be optimised. Exploring the network requires sending units along potentially suboptimal routes but does reduce uncertainty. There are therefore two competing tasks to balance in this problem: reducing uncertainty about traffic in the network and optimising the routes of particles in the network.

Bayesian methods provide a framework that allows any collected data to be easily incorporated into the inference, and comes with build in uncertainty quantification. This provides a rather complete description of the network which are used to describe instances of the underlying optimisation problem that is to be solved.

The project is part of the Gravitation Programme NETWORKS. You are expected to work in collaboration with the members of NETWORKS and to attend the NETWORKS activities. You will also be involved in teaching in our Bachelor's and/or Master's programmes in Mathematics. An appropriate travel budget will be provided to attend conferences and present relevant publications.


  • A Master's degree in Mathematics or related field with a firm background in probability and mathematical statistics, and affinity with computational methods. Knowledge on graph theory, non-parametric (Bayesian) statistics, and optimisation is desirable;
  • fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Experience in teaching is a plus. 

Further information

For more information about the position, please contact:


The starting date of the appointment is flexible but should be no later than 1 September 2019.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years. The appointment should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis).

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,266 (first year) up to a maximum of €2,897 (last year). The annual salary will be increased by 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You can send in your application no later than 5 January 2019 using the link below.

Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:

  • cover letter/letter of motivation (at most 1 page);
  • curriculum vitae, including list of publications;
  • names and contact details of three referees.


No agencies please

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