PhD student

Last application date
Jun 15, 2018 23:59
WE02 - Department of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics
Limited duration
Masters’ degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering Physics or an equivalent degree. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment. Last year students are equally welcome to apply.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 4-year PhD scholarship in the Research group Representation Theory and Special Functions. This is a unit of the Department of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics (WE02) at Ghent University. The scholarship forms part of the EOS project “Promising Research on Integrable Models and Applications” (PRIMA). This EOS project is in collaboration with researchers from KU Leuven and UCL (Louvain-la-Neuve). For UGent, the supervisors are Joris Van der Jeugt (PI) and Hendrik De Bie.

Integrable systems and exactly solvable models are important parts of mathematical physics. They consist of models that have a rich algebraic or combinatorial structure that allows for special methods to solve them. Often there are special solutions that have relations to orthogonal polynomials and other special functions.

In particular, the PhD scholarship involves investigating relations between representation theory (of Lie algebras and Lie superalgebras), special functions, quadratic algebras (such as the Bannai-Ito algebra) and symmetry algebras of certain operators (such as Dirac or Dirac-Dunkl operators).

Your key responsibilities include:

  • Getting acquainted with the necessary background for this project;
  • Perform original research under the guidance of the supervisors;
  • Working together with other PhD students and senior researchers involved in the project;
  • Reporting and presenting your research in top-tier international journals and conferences;
  • Successfully defending a doctoral dissertation at Ghent University;
  • Contributing (to a limited extent) to teaching and community engagement activities within the department.

Profile of the candidate

We are especially interested in candidates with the following profile:

A Masters’ degree in Mathematics or (Mathematical) Physics;

Very good to excellent study grades, as evident from university transcripts;

Good knowledge of mathematical physics and mathematical analysis; knowledge of representation theory is a plus;

Strong motivation and aptitude to tackle challenging research problems and to complete the PhD within the prescribed period;

Good interpersonal and team-playing skills;

Proficiency in English and excellent writing skills.

We offer:

  • A full-time (100%) PhD student position for maximum four years;
  • A competitive salary as set out by the Flemish Government;
  • A dynamic research team in a national network and with many international contacts;
  • Modern research infrastructure;
  • A four-year Doctoral Training Program at Ghent University.

How to apply

The scholarship’s prospective starting date is October 1, 2018. Interested candidates should e-mail before June 15 to Prof. J. Van der Jeugt ():

  • a detailed curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter;
  • BSc and MSc transcripts of grades and the MSc thesis;
  • a reference letter.

Indicate “Application: PhD Researcher PRIMA” in the e-mail subject.

Note that all applications will be thoroughly screened in order to satisfy the high scientific standards of our research group. The selection process will take place in June/July 2018. Potential candidates will be invited for an interview (possibly by Skype).