PhD Position in Mathematics

Uppsala University Department of Mathematics


PhD Student Position in Mathematics

Published: 2021-08-25

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Mathematics conducts research and provides education at undergraduate and graduate levels in mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. The number of employees is 120, including 30 PhD students. The Department has three research programs: analysis and probability, algebra and geometry, applied mathematics and statistics. To read more please visit

The Department is now looking for a PhD student in mathematics, supported by WASP (Wallenberg AI Autonomous Systems and Software Program), to work on the project "Scalable inference in Statistical Relational AI: a model theoretic approach on a domain of markets and media".

The project addresses problems related to scalability (computational efficiency) within Statistical Relational Artifical Intelligence (SRAI), a branch of AI. In particular it addresses the problem of making probabilistic inferences about domains of large size, by means of so-called Probabilistic Graphical Models, in a computationally efficient way; an issue of importance in practical applications. The general methodology of SRAI is a combination of probability theory and logic, where the later is used to describe properties and relations between objects and to express events, or random variables, on a space of possible scenarios. The methodology of this project falls mainly within the field of finite model theory, a subfield of mathematical logic, but also involves other fields. A particular subject of investigation is the phenomenon of convergence in probability of events defined by formulas of some formal logic as the size of the domain tends to infinity.

Duties: The duties of a PhD student are primarily directed at his/her own research education, which lasts for four years. The work may also involve, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), other departmental duties, mainly related to teaching undergraduate courses – in which case the position may be extended to maximum five years. 

Requirements: In order to be employed as doctoral student, the candidate has to be admitted to the research education program, and for this, his/her potential ability to pursue the program is decisive. The applicant should have a master´s degree or equivalent which includes a bachelor degree or equivalent in mathematics, computer science, philosophy or some other relevant area, or at least in all likelihood obtain such a degree no later than 31 December, 2021. An ideal candidate should have a strong background in mathematical logic and a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and computer programming. The candidate should have a good command of spoken and written English.

Application: A complete application should include a short and concise description of research interests, previous experiences and future expectations, Curriculum Vitae, copies of diplomas and certificates of grades, a copy of the master´s degree dissertation (or a preliminary outline thereof) and contact details of up to three referees. We do not want any letters of recommendation.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 01-01-2022 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Vera Koponen phone +46 (0)18 471 3185, and Director of Studies Stephan Wagner, phone +46(0)18471 3288, e-mail

Please submit your application by 15 October 2021, UFV-PA 2021/3127.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Mathematics

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/3127

Last application date: 2021-10-15

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