TU Eindhoven

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PhD-student position in Algebraic Methods in Graph Recognition

Project description

Spectral graph theory associates a matrix to a graph and then seeks to deduce from the eigenvalues of this matrix structural properties about the graph. This branch of mathematics has witnessed spectacular development in the last several decades, and grown into such a rich field with a wide variety of its own approaches and methodology. The main aim of this project is to develop new algebraic methods to further our understanding of which graph properties can be deduced from its spectrum, and on the other side, to investigate new tools to construct graphs having the same spectrum in order to understand which graph properties do not follow from the spectrum.

About TU/e, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and the Combinatorial Optimization Group

The TU Eindhoven (TU/e) was established in 1956 as a polytechnic. It has grown into a university with nine departments. The TU/e now has approximately 3000 employees (incl. PhD students) and 8000 BSc and MSc students. The TU/e campus is in the center of Eindhoven. Our Department offers several bachelor and master programs, all of which are taught in English. The Combinatorial Optimization group provides a dynamic international research atmosphere.

Being a PhD Student in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, every PhD student gets paid a salary; no additional grants are needed. Moreover, although PhD students sometimes take courses, there is no minimum requirement. Hence, PhD students are more like employees than like students. Indeed, the Dutch word for PhD student translates to "research trainee". The work of a PhD student may include assisting in courses of BSc or MSc programs of the department. This amounts to around 10% of the time; the remaining time is spent on research and research-related activities. Foreign PhD students need not speak Dutch: it is easy to get by with English, not only at the university but also in everyday life.



  • Master degree in Mathematics
  • Strong background in discrete mathematics, linear algebra or related topics
  • Very good written and communication skills in English

What we offer

We offer a PhD position in Algebraic Graph Theory. Gross salary ranges from 2.395 euro per month in the first year increasing up to 3.061 euro in the fourth year. The TU Eindhoven offers a broadpackage of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, child daycare and excellent sports facilities).

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Further information

For more information about the project or about the working conditions, please contact Aida Abiad (a.abiad.monge[at]tue.nl), or Frits Spieksma (f.c.r.spieksma[at]tue.nl ).

How to apply

Applications should be done through the following website: https://jobs.tue.nl/nl/vacatures.html

Besides personal and contact information, you should upload four PDF documents (max. 10 MB):

  • a letter of motivation outlining professional background and why you apply for this specific position (named motivation.pdf)
  • a CV (named cv.pdf)
  • a complete list of Bachelor and Master courses and grades (named courses.pdf)
  • names and contact information of two academic references (names references.pdf)

Do not upload any other documents.

Closing Date: 30 April 2021

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