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PhD position in differential equations and branching processes (1.0 FTE)

Investigate how nonlinear PDEs may be studied by complex stochastic processes, such as coalescence and branching.

3 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


Classical solutions of linear partial differential equations (PDEs) can be constructed by integrating Brownian motion. Many are familiar with this phenomenon in the context of the physical process of diffusion that can be studied with discrete random walks but also continuously, with the Laplace operator. However, such an analogy breaks down when the equations are nonlinear. It has been nevertheless observed that many stochastic processes refer to some form of a nonlinear differential equation as their limiting object. One known example is the inviscid Burgers’ equation which appears in different contexts of mathematical physics but can also be found in limiting behaviour of discrete stochastic processes. We invite applications for a PhD candidate who will investigate how nonlinear PDEs may be studied by complex stochastic processes, such as coalescence and branching. The position is fully funded for 4 years, with a preferable start in the fall of 2021.

As the PhD candidate, you will take part in

  • conducting research and publishing findings in the area of differential equations and stochastic processes;
  • providing modest teaching service in English.


As our PhD candidate, you have an MSc degree in mathematics with emphasis on (partial) differential equations and probability, in particular analytical or numerical aspects of evolutionary problems, branching processes, and modelling with measures. Candidates in the final stage of obtaining this degree will also be considered. Having a good knowledge of mathematica is considered an advantage.


  • a position for four years;
  • a full-time gross salary, ranging from €2,395 in the first year to €3,061 in the fourth year, in scale P (PhD-Promovendus);
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao).

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

Additional information

The interviews will take place in the third week of August.

You will be selected for an interview based solely on your ability to satisfy the selection criteria outlined in the description. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly through an informal inquiry to i.kryven@uu.nl.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.