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PhD position in dynamical systems and probability (1.0 FTE)

The position is inserted in the mathematical side of an interdisciplinary project together with physics. Globally, the project aims to investigate opportunities for neuromorphic computing through the study of networks of nanoparticles randomly deposited in some medium, which resp

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 3061 - € 3061 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The position is inserted in the mathematical side of an interdisciplinary project together with physics. Globally, the project aims to investigate opportunities for neuromorphic computing through the study of networks of nanoparticles randomly deposited in some medium, which respond to applied voltages emulating neurons and synapses. The mathematical part of the project aims to support the experimental research by investigating models of synchronisation in random networks. The supervision will be carried out by Prof. D. Valesin (expertise in stochastic processes and random graphs) and Prof. Holger Waalkens (expertise in dynamical systems and synchronisation).

With the newly established CogniGron, the University of Groningen has created an interdisciplinary research centre with the goal of making progress towards cognitive computing. Hence, you will have the unique opportunity to interact broadly with colleagues outside mathematics. You will also be expected to contribute to the teaching at the faculty.

We welcome applications from students who have graduated with an outstanding Master's degree (or are about to do so soon) and are committed to working on fundamental research questions. Any background knowledge in dynamical systems, stochastic processes and random graph theory will help you to get a smoother start.

The successful candidate will perform the following tasks:

• acquire the necessary background knowledge on random graphs embedded in space and synchronisation, notably the Kuramoto model and its stochastic versions
• conduct research and prove theorems concerning the behaviour of such models
• communicate regularly with the physics team to coordinate efforts and support the experimental results
• contribute to teaching at the faculty.

Functie-eisen

You have:

• a master degree in mathematics, or a master degree in physics with a strong mathematical background
• taken courses providing a solid knowledge in dynamical systems and stochastic process (a master thesis in one of these fields is also desirable).

Conditions

We offer 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, based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
- a limited position for a period of 4 years. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering. You 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.

Additional information

Prof. Daniel Valesin
d.rodrigues.valesin@rug.nl