Up to three PhD students in interdisciplinary mathematics

Elisabeth Larsson
Uppsala University
Job Description: 

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematics (CIM) at Uppsala University conducts interdisciplinary research between the mathematical sciences and other areas of science and industry. CIM offers training and expertise in mathematical modeling and computer simulation, see www.math.uu.se/cim. We are now looking for up to three PhD students to work within the centre. These PhD students will join CIM's graduate school in interdisciplinary mathematics, which started in 2011.

Duties: The PhD student will work with an interdisciplinary research project, involving at least two different disciplines. At least one of these areas of research should be in the mathematical sciences, which includes mathematics, statistics, scientific computing, computational science, and the more theoretical parts of image analysis, system identification, and automatic control. The second area of research (which must be different from the first) shall ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the project. Some examples of relevant areas include physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, engineering, economics, finance, medicine and pharmacy.

The PhD students will be expected to engage actively in the activities of the centre, i.e. seminars, scientific consultation, and workshops. They will be required to take at least 30hp (6 months full time study) PhD level mathematics and modelling courses offered by the mathematics and scientific computing departments.

Eligibility: The candidates are expected to have an interest in applied mathematics and/or using models in an interdisciplinary context. A PhD student position requires a Master of Science in a field that is relevant for conducting research in applied mathematics, e.g., mathematics, engineering physics or scientific computing. Candidates with a background in another area of science, e.g. chemistry or biology, with a strong competence and interest in mathematical modeling are also encouraged to apply.

Candidates of all nationalities may apply. The university is striving for a more even gender balance in its research and teaching staff, and women are especially encouraged to apply for these positions. Personal circumstances that may be of positive relevance in merit evaluation, for example parental leave, should be mentioned in the list of qualifications (CV).

The position is for a maximum of five years and includes departmental duties at a level of at most 20% (typically teaching). Acceptance as a PhD student within the Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematics will be subject to the condition of acceptance by an appropriate Uppsala University department into a PhD research programme. The candidates should be able to start during the summer of 2014.

The rules governing the process of enrollment as a PhD student can be found (in Swedish) in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap 1-7 §§ and in the rules and regulations for Uppsala University http://regler.uu.se/Rules_and_regulations_in_English/.

Further information: Examples of ongoing PhD student projects are presented at CIMs research page http://www.math.uu.se/CIM/Research/ and the following page lists potential new projects that have been suggested by supervisors http://www.math.uu.se/CIM/Graduate+school/List+of+Docotoral+projects/.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a potential supervisor at Uppsala University to discuss potential research projects before submitting their applications. A letter of support from the potential supervisors (at least two, from different subjects) outlining the research project and its relevance to interdisciplinary mathematics is required in order for an application to be considered.

For information contact the director of CIM, Dr. Elisabeth Larsson (+46(0)18 – 471 27 68, Elisabeth.Larsson@it.uu.se).

How to apply: The application should include the following documents:

Your Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
A copy of your degree diploma along with a transcript of your grades
List of publications (if any)
A copy of your undergraduate thesis or a draft and a detailed time plan for the rest of the work if it is not yet completed.
An essay of about 500 words about your research project.
A letter of support (maximum one page) from your potential supervisors outlining the research project and its relevance to interdisciplinary mathematics.
References and recommendation letters (optional)
All other documents that you want to be considered in this competition

We welcome your application, which should be submitted by January 31, 2014, UFV-PA 2013/3301. Follow the link below to the online application system.

Up to three PhD student positions in interdisciplinary mathematics

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Deadline for Application: 
Jan 31 2014