PhD positions in Pure Mathematics Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

PhD positions in Pure Mathematics

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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Laatst aangepast : 25/10/2020

Financed by the long term Methusalem funding, the KU Leuven research groups in pure mathematics collaborate within the research project “Classification, symmetries and singularities at the frontiers of algebra, analysis and geometry”, encompassing the expertise of the different research groups involved and focusing on some of the most challenging problems in algebra, analysis and geometry. In this large scale research project that started in 2016, several PhD students and postdocs are employed. We organize colloquia, seminars and advanced courses. In this stimulating environment, all researchers are exposed to a broad spectrum of mathematical research with several collaboration opportunities.


We are looking for motivated PhD students in the following areas of pure mathematics.


  • Algebraic geometry
  • Classical analysis
  • Differential geometry
  • Functional analysis
  • Group theory


Special attention will be given to applicants motivated to build bridges between two or more of these areas. A more detailed description of the main research topics of the pure mathematics research groups at KU Leuven can be found here: All PhD students will have a limited amount of teaching duties. We strive to improve the gender balance in the pure mathematics research groups and encourage female candidates to apply.


Master degree in mathematics, or equivalent, with a strong interest in research, as demonstrated by your master thesis. Master students who will obtain their master degree before the fall of 2021 can apply. Candidates should be fluent in English. No Dutch knowledge is required.


We offer a four year PhD position with a competitive salary, a budget for conference participation and short research stays in other institutions, health insurance and social benefits for the PhD student and her/his accompanying partner and/or children.


In the online application (link below), you have to upload exactly three pdf files.

File 1. Motivation letter.

File 2. CV. Include the names of three references. These colleagues do not have to write a reference letter now, but might be contacted

by the hiring committee. Also mention the topic of your master thesis and your (tentative) graduation date. If you have any preprints or

publications, also mention these. The master thesis itself and the publications themselves should not be included.

File 3. Transcripts of your bachelor and master studies.

Deadline:31 Jan 2021

Interviews of candidates on the short list will take place in February and March 2021.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Stefaan Vaes, tel.: +32 16 32 70 54, mail:


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