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PhD spatial statistics on criminology

PhD student on the subject of spatial statistics in the project 'state estimation for spatio-temporal point processes with applications to criminology'

8 maanden geleden


Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 2346 - € 3007 per maand


The project is motivated by studies into property crimes such as bicycle thefts and domestic burglaries. For example, when victims report a burglary, the location is usually known but the time of the break-in may well be censored because of the absence of the occupants. Reconstruction of such missing information based on the available data is known as 'state estimation' and includes the extrapolation of a spatial or temporal pattern beyond the window of observation.

You will develop a spatio-temporal point process model and propose tools for state estimation that can be used to identify areas and time slots at increased risk. This enables the authorities to use resources, such as patrol capacity, intelligently and to launch public awareness campaigns where and when they are most needed.


  • Candidates are required to have a Master’s degree or equivalent in mathematics or statistics;
  • Preferable qualifications for candidates include proven research talent;
  • an excellent command of English;
  • and good academic writing and presentation skills.


The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The initial labour agreement will be for a period of 18 months. After a positive evaluation, the agreement will be extended by 30 months. The gross monthly salary, for a PhD student on a full time basis, is €2,346 during the first year and increases to €3,007 over the four year period.

Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees.

Please visit our website for more information about our terms of employment: https://www.cwi.nl/jobs/terms-of-employment

Additional information

For more information about the vacancy, please contact prof.dr. M.N.M. van Lieshout, email m.n.m.van.lieshout@cwi.nl, telephone +31 20 592 4008.

For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nlor watch our video about working at CWI.

CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavour to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage everyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or physical abilities.