Doctoral student Algebra (Quadratic Form Theory)

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 do supervised original research in the area of quadratic form theory in the research group of Prof. Karim Johannes Becher. Possible research topics are the following:
    • 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;
    • representation of elements in Milnor K-theory and essential dimension.
  • You prepare a doctoral thesis on your research topic as well as research publications;
  • You 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 have a very good and broad knowledge in algebra and algebraic geometry;
  • You like solving hard problems and show strong abilities in this;
  • 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 1st October, 2015 or earlier;
  • A gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.167,88 - € 2.312,49;
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 1th June, 2015; they should include a letter of motivation addressing the research profile;
  • More information about the application form can be obtained from Ben Daems (Tel. +32 (0)3 265 31 51);
  • Questions about the profile and the description of duties are welcome; please contact Prof. Karim Johannes Becher (Tel. +32 (0)3 265 33 77,
Job location: 
University of Antwerp, Mathematics and Computer Science
Middelheimlaan 1
2020 Antwerpen
Contact and application information
Monday, June 1, 2015
Contact name: 
Karim Johannes Becher
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