PhD Positions in Interdisciplinary Mathematics

Uppsala University Department of Mathematics

Up to Four PhD Positions in Interdisciplinary Mathematics

Published: 2021-02-16

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematics (CIM) at Uppsala University conducts interdisciplinary research connecting the mathematical sciences and other areas of science and industry. CIM offers training and expertise in mathematical modelling and computer simulation, and hosts a Graduate school since 2011; for more details see We are now looking for up to four PhD students who will join CIM’s Graduate school and work on proposed research projects. The available PhD projects are presented at CIM’s web page

Duties: A PhD student should mainly focus on her/his own graduate education, which comprises four years of study. The position can also include other departmental duties (up to 20%), in which case the position is extended accordingly. The PhD student will work with an interdisciplinary research project, with at least two advisers representing different scientific areas, or one from a company or a research institute and one from academia.

The PhD students are expected to engage actively in the activities of the centre, such as seminars and workshops.They will be required to take at least 30 hp (6 months full time study) PhD courses in mathematics, modelling, statistics, scientific computing, offered by e.g. Department of Mathematics and Department of Information Technology.

Requirements: The candidates are expected to have an interest in applied mathematics and/or developing models in an interdisciplinary context. A PhD student position requires a master’s degree in a field that is relevant for conducting research in applied mathematics, e.g., mathematics, engineering physics or scientific computing. Candidates with a background in another area of science, e.g. chemistry or biology, with a strong competence and interest in mathematical modelling are also encouraged to apply.

Application: The application should include a personal letter (of  max 1 page) containing applicant’s reflection on the selected research project (among the proposed ones), with focus on a personal motivation for selecting the project, and arguments why the applicant’s background fits the selected research topic.The application should also include a Curriculum Vitae (CV), copies of diplomas and certificates, a copy of master’s degree dissertation if available (alternatively, or in addition, other written scholarly works/articles can be included).

Acceptance as a PhD student within the Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematics will be subject to the condition of acceptance by an appropriate Uppsala University department into a PhD research programme.The successful candidates may start in September 2021 or according to agreement.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7.

Further information: Applicants should contact a potential supervisor at Uppsala University to discuss the research project before submitting their applications.

Applications will be evaluated in two stages. First, the intended adviser and their respective departments perform an internal ranking of candidates. In the second stage the most highly ranked applications are evaluated in combination with the project proposals they applied for.

The application must include:

  1. The names of the intended advisers and the project title
  2. A personal letter of maximum one page (see above)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (maximum two pages)
  4. A copy of degree diploma (if degree is completed) along with a transcript of grades
  5. List of publications (if any)
  6. A copy of master’s thesis or a draft and a detailed time plan for the rest of the work if it is not yet completed. The applicant must have a complete master’s degree before the starting date of the PhD position
  7. Name, position, relation to the applicant and e-mail addresses of two reference persons
  8. Other documents that the applicant wants to be considered in the evaluation

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: September 2021, or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: The Director of CIM, Associate Professor Jörgen Östensson, phone +46 (0)18 471 3289, e-mail 

Please submit your application by 31 March 2021, UFV-PA 2021/616.

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Placement: Department of Mathematics

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 4

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/616

Last application date: 2021-03-31

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