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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher/PhD - Applied Mathematics

University College Cork - School of Mathematical Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cork - Ireland
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: €38,630 to €45,942 or £34,303.44 to £40,796.50 (converted salary*) per annum (IUA Salary Scale)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th January 2021
Closes: 26th February 2021
Reference: 043131

This position at UCC’s School of Mathematical Sciences forms part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) Evolutionary Game Theory and Population Dynamics: From Theory to Applications (EvoGamesPlus) to develop realistic evolutionary game theoretic models of real-world populations. EvoGamesPlus will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). The UCC-based ESR will work on the mathematical project “Critical Transitions in Evolutionary Games”. In this project, we will identify key questions in the area of stability analysis in evolutionary games and build on the existing techniques from bifurcation theory, critical transitions theory and network science to develop new mathematical framework to study instabilities in evolutionary games. The focus will be on stability criteria for Nash and Stackelberg equilibria, and on critical transitions (tipping points) that are triggered by changing external conditions. The methods developed will be applied to identify optimal strategies in cancer treatment, and critical factors for “failure to adapt” to changing environment (e.g. climate) in ecosystems.

The successful candidate will receive theoretical and practical training, and will have the opportunity to work as part of an international, interdisciplinary team, based at universities and industrial firms throughout Europe. They are expected to disseminate the results through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences.

Key duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate will conduct a specified programme of research aligned with the work of the EvoGamesPlus project and the expertise of supervisors at UCC.


1. Minimum 2H1 (second class, grade 1) honours degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics or a closely related discipline (either awarded or anticipated), with a grade suitable for admission to UCC’s PhD programmes; see

2. Preferably a MSc. (or equivalent qualification) in Applied Mathematics or a related discipline.

3. Practical project experience and of preparing and publishing scientific reports/presentations.

4. Demonstrable capability of working within an interdisciplinary and international project team and ability to innovate.

5. Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.

6. Excellent academic English writing skills.

7. If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the English language requirement:

IELTS: 6.5 - with no individual section lower than 6.0

TOEFL: 90 - with minimum scores as follows: Listening - 20; Reading - 19; Speaking - 21; Writing - 20

Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity outside of Ireland for more than 24 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

Candidates must, at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years of their research careers and have not previously been awarded a doctoral degree.

Salary: € 3780 per month, plus mobility allowance, plus family allowance for eligible candidates, subject to taxation and pension deductions. Full details of allowance can be found here.

For further particulars on this post please refer to:

To Apply:

Please send:

1. Short cover letter (1 page or less) describing your motivation for applying for the position and how your experience and expertise match the research topic;

2. CV including at least two reference contact details. to Prof. Sebastian Wieczorek (, on or before the closing date for applications 26th February 2021. Please quote 'EvoGamesPlus' on the subject line of your email.

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