PhD Scholarship position in Systems, Control and Applied Analysis

University of Groningen – Johan Bernoulli Institute (JBI) of the Faculty of Science and Engineerin

Organisation
The University of Groningen has an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education, offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and 5,500 employees to develop their own individual talents. The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite with a classification in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU, the World University Rankings, the U.S. News ‘Best Global Universities Ranking’, and the NTU Ranking. It marks the 24th place in the global ranking of Best Places to Work in Academia, scoring 3rd best in Europe and 5th non-US university. Joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The mathematics cluster at the Johann Bernoulli Institute has several working groups. The interested applicant would join the systems, control and applied analysis group which is one of the top 30 programs worldwide, according to the Shanghai ARWU. Scientific discovery is encouraged amongst the group members and the candidate would benefit from interaction with not only the PhD supervisor in question but the other faculty as well. The group runs several active seminars in conjunction with the engineering faculty, and students are actively encouraged to present their research, preparing them for their later scientific careers.

Scholarship opportunities
Johan Bernoulli Institute (JBI) of the Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a scholarship PhD position for a talented and motivated national or international student, starting between September 1st and December 1st 2018. All PhD positions are part of larger research programmes, often spanning across different expertise groups and being strengthened by complementary PhD projects already in progress and in preparation.

Candidates are invited to write and develop their own research project within the scope of the proposed topics listed below. Being part of a cutting-edge research programme, they will receive excellent training in the form of hands-on instruction, advanced courses and summer/winterschools, complemented by workshops on generic research and transferable skills as well as teaching training. As a PhD candidate, you are committed to conduct independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and conference presentations, and to describe the results of the research in a PhD dissertation, to be completed within 4 years. Interested applicants may submit a research proposal in the fields of inverse problems and applied analysis.

Qualifications
Successful candidates will have completed a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or another field of science relevant for the position. They have good command of English (oral and written), are enthusiastic and have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team, have a passion for science, are highly motivated to work in mathematical analysis, possess excellent communication skills and an affinity for writing scientific papers and delivering presentations. In addition to these general qualifications, specific research projects may require specific qualifications, to be discussed with the intended supervisors.

Conditions
The PhD student will be enrolled in the PhD Scholarship Programme and receive a scholarship of € 2,099 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen for a period of 4 years. Information about the terms and conditions of the PhD Scholarship Programme can be found via: https://www.rug.nl/(...)holarship-programme/

The scholarship PhD student will participate in the Graduate School of Science training programme for PhD students and will draw up a personal training and supervision plan together with his or her supervisor. The Graduate School also provides a progress monitoring scheme to ensure an efficient PhD trajectory resulting in a PhD thesis within the first year and beyond. A Career Perspectives curriculum is part of the training, which aims to prepare students for their (academic or non-academic) careers after the PhD trajectory.

Application
Please upload your complete application in English as a single PDF-file (please use the CV attachment only) until 30 May 23:59 h / before 1 June 2018 Dutch local time. Please make sure all mathematical symbols are properly typeset. Please upload your entire application as "letter of motivation attachment" by means of the application form (click on 'Apply' below on the advertisement on the university website).

The submission should contain the following:
1. a cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation and qualifications to conduct scientific research, your expectations of the PhD programme and your choice for the particular project
2. a full CV demonstrating academic excellence, including publications and presentations (if applicable), and a copy of your passport
3. a certified copy or scan of your MSc diploma (or equivalent; provide a certified University letter stating when your graduation will be if between the application deadline and start of the project) and academic records and proof of sufficient competence in English
4. Names and contact details of two academic references
5. The applicant needs to submit a research proposal of approximately 500 words that has been written independently or in collaboration with the prospective supervisor (contact details at the end of the announcement). As it is difficult to gauge the word count with mathematical symbols included, the proposals are limited to no more than one page (references separate).

After the initial selection, only top candidates for each position will be invited to independently write a research proposal of a maximum of words in the context of the indicated research direction as listed above. The proposal should focus on the central research question, the proposed method of approaching and answering this question, as well as the project planning.

Timeline
Publication of the call: May 2nd, 2018

Deadline for application: until 28 June 23.59 h / before 29 June 2018

Notification email on shortlist selection: July 14th 2018

Writing assignment top candidates: July 14th- July 21st 2018

Interviews: July 21st – July 28th 2018

Announcement of selected/rejected candidates: July 13th 2018

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Information
For information you can contact:

Dr. Alden Waters, +31 50 363 3939,  a.m.s.waters@rug.nl 

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.



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