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2017BAPFWETEF116 – PhD in the area of Algebra

The Faculty of Sciences is seeking to fill a full-time vacancy in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science for a doctoral student in the area of  Algebra.

Job description

  • You will undertake supervised original research in the area of quadratic form theory in the research group of Prof. Karim Johannes Becher. Possible research topics include:
    • local-global principles for quadratic forms and related objects;
    • reduction theory and valuations on function fields over discretely valued fields;
    • the Kaplansky radical of a function field;
    • complexity bounds / essential dimension for quadratic form related objects;
    • quadratic bundles over curves.
  • You will prepare a doctoral thesis on your research topic as well as research publications.
  • You will contribute to teaching in mathematics by giving or supporting exercise sessions.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold (or are about to obtain) a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics.
  • You do not already hold a PhD in Mathematics.
  • You have a very good and broad knowledge in algebra and algebraic geometry.
  • You like solving hard problems and show strong abilities in this.
  • You bring an international experience from your studies.
  • You are discerning, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • the start date of scholarship will be between 01.08.2016 and 01.10.2017;
  • a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.280,27 - € 2.419,84;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online , until the closing date 15.04.2017; they should include a letter of motivation addressing the research profile and a project description for the PhD-project (one page).
  • More information about the application form can be obtained at
  • Questions about the profile and the description of duties are welcome; please contact Prof. Karim Johannes Becher (Tel. +32 (0)3 265 33 77, 

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