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PhD student (4 years) on the subject of “Portfolio XVA management: MVA, KVA, FVA and computational methods for financial option sensitivities”

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy for a talented and ambitious PhD student (4 years) on the subject of “Portfolio XVA management: …

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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy for a talented and ambitious PhD student (4 years) on the subject of “Portfolio XVA management: MVA, KVA, FVA and computational methods for financial option sensitivities”.

Job description

The PhD candidate will be hosted by CWI (Scientific Computing Group). The research will be carried out in the context of the H2020 EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network project named “ABC-EU-XVA”, which will provide a unique opportunity, for 6 researchers in the early stage of their careers, to perform multi-disciplinary research and gain deep insight into a variety of aspects of financial counterparty risk and their consequences, under the prestigious scheme of the Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorates (EID).

The aim of the ABC-EU-XVA project is to gain deeper insight, by means of research and education, in counterparty risk, modern valuation adjustments and how to include these in the current financial mathematical models, in algorithms, software, (big) data. The PhD candidate will join the ABC-EU-XVA community, and take part in the ABC-EU-XVA events in Europe.

The PhD student, under the supervision of Prof. dr.ir. Cornelis W. Oosterlee (Full Professor, CWI/TU Delft), will work Monte Carlo methods, improving their efficiency and accuracy, in the context of modern valuation adjustments (XVA). We will deal with specific issues regarding the option Greeks, P- and Qmeasure computations. Margin Valuation Adjustment, Capital Valuation Adjustment, Counterparty Valuation Adjustment, wrong-way risk, and other relevant issues. Tailoring towards financial practice is of specific importance.

In an EID project a close cooperation with the industry is mandatory, therefore a foreign stay of 18 months with the industrial partner is expected and prescribed. For the current vacancy, the industrial partner is Belfius Bank (https://www.belfius.com/EN/index.aspx) with headquarters in Brussels (Belgium). It is expected that the PhD student will work closely together with the industrial partner, and in particular with the team directed by Dr. Paul Koerber, Head of Market Model Validation at Belfius Bank, and industrial supervisor.

This is a four years PhD position, where the first three years are in the context of the EU project and the final PhD year is at Delft University of Technology. At the end of the first year, the PhD student will be formally evaluated, to assess her/his ability of obtaining the PhD. The PhD title will be granted by Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, upon a positive final defense of the PhD thesis.


Potential candidates have a master degree in applied mathematics, statistics, quantitative finance, econometrics, or computational sciences (with specialization in computational finance). They have a strong interest in financial mathematics and they are willing to further increase their knowledge of finance, stochastics and numerical methods.

Preferred qualifications for candidates include excellent grades, research talent (as proven by the master thesis), affinity with the financial world and personal ambition. Particularly good grades in Financial Mathematics, (Applied) Probability, Statistics, Machine Learning, Scientific Computing and Numerical Analysis are a strong plus.

Candidates are expected to have and prove an excellent command of English, together with good academic writing and presentation skills. Curiosity-driven and flexibility to travel (and live) in different countries are imprtant aspects for the current PhD position.


Mobility rule Because of the mobility requirement of any Marie Curie ITN grant, the potential candidates shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen").

The PhD student will be formally employed by CWI with a full social security coverage, and s/he will have all the benefits provided for in the Marie Curie ITN fellowships regulations, including a highly competitive remuneration, living allowances and mobility expenses.

As an Early Stage Researcher, the applicant will register for a PhD at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) of TU Delft, and in particular in the Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics (DIAM).

Additional information

Applications can be sent before January 15 2019 to apply@cwi.nl and cc to C.W.Oosterlee@cwi.nl Applications should include a detailed CV, a motivation letter, a list of MSc courses and grades (transcripts), a copy of the master thesis, and if available a list of publications.

For residents outside the EER-area, a TOEFL English language test may be required. For more information about the vacancy, please contact Prof. Oosterlee.

For more information about the project and its vacancies: http://fineng.ewi.tudelft.nl/ABCXVA/Applications/