PhD Positions in Mathematics

Catholic University of Leuven

(ref. BAP-2023-735)
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, 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 and arithmetic geometry
  • Random matrices, complex analysis
  • Differential geometry
  • Functional analysis and operator algebras
  • Group theory and Lie algebras
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 and diversity in the pure mathematics research groups and encourage candidates from underrepresented groups 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 2024 can apply. Candidates should be fluent in English. No Dutch knowledge is required.


We offer a competitive four year PhD stipend, a budget for conference participation and short research stays in other institutions, health insurance and social benefits for the PhD student and their accompanying partner and/or children. The starting date of the position is flexible, but preferably before 1 October 2024.


You have to apply via the online application tool via the link below. In that online application, you have to upload exactly the following three pdf-files.
1) Motivation letter.
2) CV. Include the names of three references. These references do not have to send a reference letter now. We will contact the references of shortlisted candidates on 21 February 2024 with a request to submit their reference letter before 13 March 2024. In your CV, 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.
3) Transcripts of your bachelor and master studies.
Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place on 14 March 2024 and can be online or in person, depending on the candidate's preference.

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

You can apply for this job no later than February 12, 2024 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: February 12, 2024
  • Tags: Wiskunde
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