Mathematics PhD positions in the Netherlands

4-year PhD position Mathematics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - published 27 May 2021

The Department of Mathematics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is advertising for five fully-funded 4-year PhD positions:

* one in Dynamical Systems:

* two in Mathematical Neuroscience:

* one in Mathematical Biology:

* one in Mathematical Statistics:

The deadline for applications is either 13 or 20 June (depending on the position).


4-year PhD position at VU - published 4 May 2021

Dear all,

There is an open fully-funded 4-year PhD position under my supervision at the Department of Mathematics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The PhD project will focus on learning and stochastic optimization for power networks, which are increasingly affected by uncertainty due to a quickly growing adoption of renewable energy sources. The project aims at using and expanding mathematical knowledge to better understand and optimize these complex networks, especially in combination with the large amount of newly-available data. The PhD candidate will use modern methods in (stochastic) optimization, applied probability, operations research, and learning theory to develop both new theory and algorithms. The preferred starting date is September 1, 2021.

The candidates are expected to have a Master's degree in Mathematics or Operations Research, and a solid background in stochastics and optimization. For more information (including eligibility criteria, salary, and employment conditions) see Please apply online at the same link, the deadline is June 1, 2021, but early applications are encouraged.

If you have any further questions regarding this vacancy, feel free to reach out to me by email at

Kind regards, Alessandro Zocca

Assistant Professor

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Department of Mathematics


PhD positions at TU Delft - published 23 February 2021

TU Delft (Netherlands) offers two fully-funded PhD positions as part of the Artificial Intelligence Lab for Biosciences.

The first PhD candidate will develop novel approaches for optimal batch scheduling in plants. The second PhD candidate will develop novel reinforcement learning algorithms for self-driving labs.

These PhD positions are part of the Artificial Intelligence Lab for Biosciences, the Lab (, that TU Delft and Royal DSM recently established.

Additionally, 3 PhD positions on machine learning are available within the lab.

It is the first of its kind in Europe to apply artificial intelligence to full- scale biomanufacturing, from microbial strain development to process optimization and scheduling. The Lab is part of the Dutch National Innovation Center for AI (ICAI) and starts with five synergistic research projects. You will contribute to DSM’s challenges regarding developing bio-based products and optimizing industrial-scale biobased processes. You will have access to real industrial R&D and/or factory data, work in an industrial as well as an academic environment, and have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills as the Lab collaborates with the Biotech Campus Delft and Planet; an excellent learning and research environment.

Further details and application forms can be found via the following links.

Smart plant scheduling:

Reinforcement learning for a self-driving lab:

Application deadline for full consideration: 15 March 2021

Informal enquiries: Mathijs de Weerdt ( for the first position, Matthijs Spaan ( for the second position.


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