Postdoctoral {osition in Network Dynamics

VU University of Amsterdam Department of Mathematics



FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The Department of Mathematics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam welcomes applications for a two-year Postdoctoral position in Network Dynamics. In this project you will work on heteroclinic dynamics and their perturbations in networks with higher-order interactions under the supervision of Christian Bick. The project is funded by the award Higher-order interactions and heteroclinic network dynamics from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC): Network dynamical systems with “higher-order” interactions can have additional features such as symmetries and robust heteroclinic dynamics. Many real-world systems, however, are not perfectly symmetric. The project will gain new insights into the perturbations of heteroclinic dynamics in oscillator networks with higher-order interactions. The successful candidate will be embedded into the Dynamical Systems group of the Department of Mathematics at VU Amsterdam. The group is internationally leading in the field of nonlinear dynamics and differential equations with a strong interest both in fundamental mathematics and concrete applications. In addition, the group has many national and international connections: As part of the project, the successful candidate will have opportunities to engage with the project partners at Imperial College London (UK) and the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Diego (USA). The preferred starting date is 1 October 2020 or a mutually agreed date thereafter. 

Your duties

  • conducting research in the area of network dynamics to contribute to the project Higher-order interactions and heteroclinic network dynamics
  • contributing to the academic activities of the Department of Mathematics


  • a PhD in mathematics (or a closely related field) with expertise in dynamical systems
  • an interest in Dynamical Systems Theory and Applications to Network Dynamics in the Neurosciences and beyond
  • good communication skills in English
  • computer programming experience

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,790 and a maximum of €4,402. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8-1.0 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for another year. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • good paid parental leave scheme

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

The Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics strives for excellence in research. The department balances pure mathematical research with mathematical research motivated by applications. Researchers in the department are on one hand active at a fundamental and theoretical level, and, on the other hand, work on applications with links to business, the sciences, and societal issues. The department has a strong international research staff with expertise in dynamical systems, geometry and algebra, as well as in stochastics (statistics, data analytics, probability). 


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button by 7 August 2020 and upload: a cover letter, a CV, a research statement, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Christian Bick
Position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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