PhD on Algebraic Combinatorics and Finite Geometry

Eindhoven University of Technology
April 28, 2024
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PhD on Algebraic Combinatorics and Finite Geometry

In the Department of Mathematics: Algebra and Geometry at Ghent University (Belgium), there is a vacancy for a PhD-position within the project entitled "A spectral and geometric approach to edge-regular graphs with regular cliques".



Irène Curie Fellowship



Mathematics and Computer Science



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Job description

This project seeks to investigate structural, spectral and geometric properties of a certain graph classes, like Neumaier graphs, Deza graphs or more generally, edge-regular graphs. In this project we will tackle this goal by using spectral methods and combining them with tools from other fields like combinatorial optimization and finite geometry.

The successful candidate for this PhD position will work under the supervision of Bart de Bruyn and Aida Abiad in the a dynamic group in geometry and discrete mathematics (https: // of the Department of Mathematics: Algebra and Geometry at Ghent University. Your responsibilities include to perform scientific research on the topic of the above-mentioned project and to publish your results at international conferences and in international journals. For a small percentage of your time, you will be asked to assist with educational tasks at Ghent University (course support).

Job requirements
  • You have a bachelor and master degree in Mathematics.
  • You have a strong background in Graph Theory, Finite Geometry and/or Combinatorics.
  • You are enthusiastic about programming, preferably in Sage/Python.
  • You have good communication skills.
  • You are creative, ambitious, as well as self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented.
  • You have a good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required).
  • Conditions of employment

    For more information about the project or about the working conditions, please contact Bart de Bruyn ([email protected]) or Aida Abiad ([email protected]).

  • We offer a full-time position as a doctoral fellow, consisting of an initial period of 12 months, which - after a positive evaluation, will be extended to a total maximum of 48 months at the Ghent University. The position will be in close cooperation with Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e). Below you will find some employment details of Ghent University.
  • The fellowship amount is 100% of the net salary of an AAP member in equal family circumstances. The individual fellowship amount is determined by the Department of Personnel and Organization based on family status and seniority. A grant that meets the conditions and criteria of the regulations for doctoral fellowships is considered free of personal income tax. Click here for more information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).
  • Information and application

    About us Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands- on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.

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    Information Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?

    For more information about the project or about the working conditions, please contact Bart de Bruyn ([email protected]) or Aida Abiad ([email protected]).


    We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.

    The application should include the following documents as one single PDFs:

  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation, research experience, interests, and qualifications for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (if existing) and two academic references. We do not need reference letters at this stage.
  • BSc and MSc transcripts
  • Please do not attach any other documents.

    We look forward to your application and will screen your application as soon as possible. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. We will review applications as they arrive. The position will stay open until it has been filled (possibly before the deadline).

    We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

    Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary, please combine files.

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