Tuesday, March 10, 2015

[DMANET] PhD position in Algorithmic Game Theory at CWI Amsterdam

PhD Position in Algorithmic Game Theory at CWI Amsterdam

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Networks and Optimization research group for a talented PhD student on the subject of Refined Models and Coordination Mechanisms for Network Games.

Job description:

As part of the NETWORKS project, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) offers a PhD position on "Refined Models and Coordination Mechanisms for Network Games". The PhD project is aimed at deriving efficient coordination mechanisms for refined models of network games, and will be supervised by Prof. dr. Guido Schäfer (CWI and VU University Amsterdam).

You will perform research in the area of algorithmic game theory (combining techniques from algorithms, combinatorial optimization and game theory). In particular, you will develop and investigate refined models of network games (e.g., routing games with risk-averse players), study the inefficiency of equilibria and devise efficient coordination mechanisms. You will present your results at high-standing conferences and publish them in quality peer-reviewed journals of the field, culminating in a PhD thesis to be defended in public.


Candidates are required to have a Master's degree in mathematics or computer science, ideally with specialization in algorithms, combinatorial optimization or another relevant area. Knowledge of (algorithmic) game theory is an advantage but not a prerequisite. Preferable qualifications for candidates include proven research talent, an excellent command of English, and good academic writing and presentation skills.

Terms and conditions PhD student:

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The gross monthly salary, for a PhD student on a full time basis, is €2,121 during the first year and increases to €2,718 over the four year period. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees.

Please visit our website for more information about our terms of employment:


Applications can be sent before 10 April 2015 to apply@cwi.nl. All applications should include (in a combined pdf) a detailed resume, motivation letter, and a list of your MSc courses and grades. In addition, two letters of recommendation should be sent to apply@cwi.nl. In the subject line should be written: "Letter of recommendation for ..." and the name of the applicant. For residents outside the EER-area, a Toefl English language test might be required.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Prof. dr. Guido Schäfer, email G.Schaefer@cwi.nl.
For more information about CWI, please visit https://www.cwi.nl or watch our video "A Fundamental Difference" (https://www.cwi.nl/general/a-fundamental-difference) about working at CWI.
For more information about the NETWORKS project, please see http://www.thenetworkcenter.nl.

About Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica:

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and linked to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large.

CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 27 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.
CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam that is presently developing into a major location of research in the natural sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam and of the Vrije Universiteit as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.

Research group:

Please find more information about our group on our website: https://www.cwi.nl/research-groups/networks-and-optimization.

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