Friday, February 10, 2023

[DMANET] PhD position in Algebraic Combinatorics at TU Eindhoven

In the Combinatorial Optimization group at Eindhoven University of
Technology (The Netherlands), there is a vacancy for a 4 year PhD-position
within the Vidi NWO project "Finding graph structure beyond the spectrum:
new frontiers and new methods". This PhD position is supervised by Aida
Abiad (

The vacancy can be found at:

The vacancy closing date will be April 30, 2023, or until the position is
filled. The preferably starting date is September 2023.

This project seeks to deduce structural properties of a graph from the
graph spectrum. Properties such as connectedness, diameter and regularity,
are known to be related to the spectrum of a graph. Nevertheless, for most
relevant graph structures the problem remains open, and the existing
spectral tools are not sufficient, indicating that genuinely new methods
are needed. In this project we will tackle this challenge by strengthening
and unifying spectral methods and combining them with tools from other
fields like combinatorial optimization, finite geometry and group theory.

The successful candidate for this PhD position will work under the
supervision of Aida Abiad in the group Combinatorial Optimization ( of the department of Mathematics and Computer
Science of TU/e. Your responsibilities include to perform scientific
research on the topic of the above-mentioned project and to publish your
results at international conferences and in international journals. For a
small percentage of your time, you will be asked to assist with educational
tasks (course support and supervision of students).

- You have a bachelor and master degree in Mathematics.
- You have a strong background in Graph Theory and/or Combinatorics.
- You are enthusiastic about programming, preferably in Sage/Python.
- You have good communication skills.
- You are creative, ambitious, as well as self-motivated, proactive, and
- You have a good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is
not required).

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an
interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will
work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central
train station. In addition, we offer you:
- Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation
(go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on
teaching tasks.
- Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and
maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the
Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
- A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
- High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a
self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to
take charge of your own learning process.
- An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and
sports facilities.
- An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
- A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility)
for international candidates.

For more information about the project or about the working conditions,
please contact Aida Abiad (

Applications should be done through the following website:

Besides personal and contact information, you should upload the following
documents as PDFs:
- A cover letter in which you describe your motivation, research
experience, interests, and qualifications for the position.
- A curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (if existing) and
two academic references. We do not need reference letters at this stage.
- BSc and MSc transcripts
Do not upload any other documents

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