PhD Position in Algebraic Geometry

University of Amsterdam Institute for Mathematics


PhD Position in Algebraic Geometry

Publication date 28 May 2021

Closing date 20 June 2021

Level of education Master's degree

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €2,395 to €3,061 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-406

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites you to apply for a PhD position in algebraic geometry.  You will work on the project entitled “Extensions and degenerations of Hodge classes”. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated applicant with a good background in algebraic geometry and topology.

In this project, we will combine algebraic and topological methods to study the degeneration of algebraic varieties. The goal is to understand how the Hodge classes behave under such degenerations. This will finally lead to a better understanding of the failure of the Integral Hodge Conjecture in certain cases.

What are you going to do

You will:

  • perform research on the project “Extensions and degenerations of Hodge classes”;
  • be part of the research programme Algebra and Geometry with its senior and junior members;
  • contribute to educational programmes at the UvA;
  • complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official contract duration of four years.

What do we require

  • A Master’s degree in mathematics with specialization in algebraic geometry (to be completed before the start of the project).
  • A strong interest in algebra and geometry.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
  • Experience in teaching is a plus.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The starting date is flexible, but preferably 1 September 2021.

The salary will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) is the mathematics research institute at the University of Amsterdam. We conduct world-class research in the fields of Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics; Pure, Applied and Numerical Analysis; Discrete Mathematics and Quantum Information; and Stochastics. A smaller portion of our research is directed at teaching (focus area blended learning) or history of mathematics. We are involved with various national and international research collaborations. In addition, we also provide the lecturers and instructors for the mathematics teaching within the Science faculty and within the national programme Mastermath. The institute has about 30 faculty members and 40 postdocs and PhD students.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Dr. M. Shen

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 20 June 2021. You can apply online by using the link below. 

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • your curriculum vitae,
  • a motivation letter that explains why you have chosen to apply for this specific position;
  • a copy of your Master’s thesis or, if not completed, a copy of your Bachelor’s thesis (please include it even if it is not written in English);
  • a complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grades);
  • names and contact information of two academic references (please do not include any recommendation letters).

All these should be grouped in a single PDF attachment.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

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