Vacancy: Research in the Design of Network Algorithms (PhD position)



The research Group IDLab (Internet Technology and Data Science Lab, is one of the research groups of the faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University. It is also part of IMEC ( Within IDLab there is a research unit working on graph-theoretical and mathematical aspects of networks in its broadest sense: we work in the field of ICT networks, transportation and logistics, bio-informatics, etc... Ideally, half of us have an engineering degree, the other half a mathematics, physics or computer science degree. Research in this group can lead to a PhD in engineering.

Research in the Design of Network Algorithms (PhD position)

The research topic DNA (short for “Design of Networking Algorithms”) studies data structures and algorithms for networking in its broadest sense: from social networks over biological networks to transportation networks.

Indeed, the group started research on telecommunication network algorithms, but quickly found innovative ways to apply these techniques to other networking-related domains. From a theoretical point-of-view, the data structures and algorithms are the same, and as such the group’s expertise and code-base is highly valued in both academic as well as industrial environments.

The main focus lies in the research and development of high-performance code, combining advanced data structures with sophisticated algorithms, and creating in-house libraries to tackle new challenges and push the frontiers of science even further. In this respect we are looking for researchers who are able to bring together both fundamental and pragmatic skills, in order to apply the results in industry.

Job description

  • You perform scientific research in the domain of algorithms and graph-theory.
  • You acquire an elaborate knowledge of mathematical algorithms, specifically in the field of graphalgorithms. This is done on-the-job via literature study of scientific publications as well as via meetings with colleagues with technical background from the department. Finally, attending some specific courses in the faculty of engineering will broaden your view.
  • You are involved in the design and analysis of new data-structures and algorithms with applications in different domains e.g. transport & logistics, bio-informatics, etc...
  • You implement your solution and assess the quality of the results. If necessary, you reiterate the fundamental analysis and practical implementation until satisfactory solutions are reached.
  • You transform your work from a purely theoretical & fundamental viewpoint towards a practically oriented solution, often in collaboration with the industry.
  • You publish and present results both at international conferences and in scientific journals.

Your profile

We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications and skills:

  • Holder of a university degree in engineering, mathematics, physics or computer science.
  • Proven (e.g. student project, master thesis,...) strong analytical skills for designing models and analyzing research results.
  • You work independently, have a strong feeling of responsibility and are able to commit to timings and milestones set forward by different research projects.
  • Programming experience is a plus.

Our offer

We offer a challenging, stimulating and pleasant research environment where you can contribute to solving real-life mathematics problems with a clear scientific, societal as well as economic value. The work is often done in collaboration with industry players. We foresee a competitive remuneration and the possibility to obtain a PhD degree in engineering.


If you are interested in this job opening and your profile corresponds to the full description, please send your resume as soon as possible to mrs. Martine Buysse, Universiteit Gent, iGent Technologiepark 126, 9052 Gent, or via e-mail to:

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