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Vacaturenummer 18337
VU onderdeel: External

Do you have  a (prospective) MSc. degree (or an equivalent thereof) in mathematics, physics or a related area? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you.

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Location:                      AMSTERDAM
Hours per week:             32 hours

Job description
The department welcomes applications for the position of a PhD student on the subject “Infinite-dimensional symplectic geometry”. It is the goal of this PhD project to generalize the ground-breaking pseudoholomorphic curve methods from finite-dimensional symplectic geometry to the infinite-dimensional setting in order to prove new fundamental results in Hamiltonian field theory.

Your duties
• you will publish your results in quality peer-reviewed journals in the field, culminating in a PhD thesis to be defended in public
• besides doing research towards writing a PhD thesis, students spend about 15% of their time on teaching, which typically consists of supervising exercise classes and correcting homework

• The candidate must be talented, ambitious and highly motivated, in (prospective) possession of a MSc. degree (or an equivalent thereof) in mathematics, physics, or a related area.
• Candidates should have a strong demonstrable background in mathematics.
• By preference the applicant has followed courses on differential geometry and partial differential equations (on the bachelor level) and is curious about the application of methods from pure mathematics to concrete problems in mathematical physics.
• In addition, we require proficiency in reading and writing of scientific manuscripts in English.

What are we offering?
The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts
€ 2,266.00 gross per month during the first year and increases to € 2,897.00 gross per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment.

The appointment will initially be for one year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
• a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
• considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
• contribution to commuting expenses
• optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.
The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.
Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 5,750 students.

About the department
Researchers at the Department of Mathematics are on the one hand active on a fundamental and theoretical level, and on the other hand also work in an applied and practical environment with links to many sciences and societal issues. Also in our analysis group, pure mathematical research is balanced with mathematical research motivated by applications.
The department offers bachelor and master programs in mathematics and in business analytics, as well as a master program in stochastics and financial mathematics. In addition, the department provides mathematics courses for other programs of the Faculty of Science, for programs of other faculties in the university, and for the Amsterdam University College.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

Are you interested in this position? Send us an e-mail with your curriculum vitae, cover letter, a list of courses and grades at the MSc level, a (draft) MSc thesis if available, and the names and e-mail addresses of one or two references by 31 October 2018. Mention vacancy number 18337.

Name:                 Marielle van der Aa
Position:              Management Assistant

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name:                 Oliver Fabert
Position:              Assistant Professor
Telephone:          +31 20 598 7694