PhD Positions in Mathematics

University of Gothenburg Department of Mathematical Sciences


PhD Student Positions in Mathematics

Ref PAR 2021/104


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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg has about 200 employees and is the largest department of mathematics in Sweden. The department has three scientific divisions, Algebra and Geometry, Analysis and Probability Theory, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics and conducts successful research in pure and applied mathematics and mathematical statistics in a wide range of research areas.

We have an international environment with frequent exchanges with other universities around the world. The department provides a friendly, creative, and supportive atmosphere with a steady flow of international guests. There are many committed teachers with extensive and broad experience of all aspects of higher education.  More information about us can be found on our website:

 Our department continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all our activities. We work actively to be a parent-friendly organization.

 At the department of Mathematical Sciences there are many internationally successful researchers in a wide variety of research areas. The divisions Algebra and Geometry, and Analysis and Probability Theory conduct research in areas such as algebraic geometry, number theory, algebra and representation theory, harmonic analysis and partial differential equations, mathematical physics, probability theory and discrete mathematics, complex analysis, functional analysis, and kinetic theory.

We are now looking for up to three doctoral students in any of the research areas of the divisions Algebra and Geometry, and Analysis and Probability Theory. The positions can be placed in any of these two divisions depending on the interests of the successful candidates.

Job assignments

You will work in any of the research areas of the divisions Algebra and Geometry, and Analysis and Probability Theory. The positions can be placed in any of these two divisions depending on the interests of the successful candidates.

As a PhD student you will be part of an international research environment while you expand your knowledge of the field and write your thesis. This gives opportunities for many inspiring conversations, a lot of autonomous work and some travel. You are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in written form. In addition, the position will normally include 20% departmental work, mostly teaching duties.

 The employment is limited to a maximum of four years, with the possibility for one year extension due to departmental duties.


The eligibility for academic positions is given in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance. To qualify for the position, you must have obtained a master's degree or a 4-year bachelor's degree, or expect to complete that degree by the time the employment starts.


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance.

Applicants must have a strong background in mathematics. It is important that you mention in the application your specific research interests. You should also include all relevant work such as bachelor's or master's thesis and articles (provide an English summary if necessary) that you have authored or co-authored. Evidence of mathematical problem-solving skills is significant, besides course grades.


Type of employment: PhD student position, fixed-term employment, limited to four years with the possibility of one year extension
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Gothenburg
First day of employment: August 16, 2021 or as agreed

For further information regarding the position

Johan Tykesson, director of PhD studies in mathematics,

 Hjalmar Rosengren, head of unit within the Division of analysis and probability theory,

Håkan Samuelsson Kalm, head of unit within the Division of algebra and geometry,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

Information for International Applicants

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How to apply

Submit the following documents:

  • Personal letter,
  • CV, including scientific publications,
  • Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates,
  • Contact information to two reference persons (name, phone number, relation).

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Closing date: February 26, 2021

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.


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