PhD-student in Numerical Analysis

Department/faculty: Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Level: University Graduate
Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly
Contract: 4 years
Salary: 2222 - 2840 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty’s excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

Research at the Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics (DIAM) centres around the analysis of mathematical models arising in science and engineering. This research is both fundamental and applied in nature, and is often inspired by technical applications. The department plays an active role in translating research results into concrete, practical applications. It maintains intensive contacts with other TU Delft departments, the major technological institutes, and the research laboratories of major companies. Within its own subject field, the department provides teaching for the Applied Mathematics BSc and MSc programmes, and also contributes to the teaching of mathematics courses within other academic programmes at the TU Delft and within national programmes such as “MasterMath”.

The Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics consists of six research groups: Analysis, Mathematical Physics, Numerical Analysis, Applied Probability, Statistics, and Optimisation. More information about the Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics can be found at

Job description

The aim of the project is to model and to predict the behaviour of burn injuries by the use of mathematical models. Of particular interest are the development of hypertrophic scars and contractures, which are common complications of serious burn injuries, and which decrease the quality of life of patients dramatically. The models are based on partial differential equations and on stochastic principles. We are interested in computing the likelihood of the development of complications like scars, and in the simulation of the impact of various therapies on the development of complications like scars and contractures.

The project is funded by the Dutch Burns Foundation (Brandwondenstichting). The PhD-student is expected to work in close collaboration with plastical surgions and medical biologists. The candidate is offered a challenging and interdisciplinary research project.


We are looking for a candidate that meets the following requirements:

•      a solid background in Applied Mathematics, with an interest in numerical analysis, modelling and applied probability theory; 

•      an interest in cross-topic collaboration between different fields of mathematics with applications to medical biology;

•      candidates from non-Dutch or non-English speaking countries should be prepared to prove their English language skills;

•      good communicative skills in English, both in speaking and in writing.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For information about this vacancy you can contact dr. Fred Vermolen, email:

To aply, please e-mail a detailed CV (with contact of two referees) along with a letter of motivation and a detailed transcript of university grades. If applicable,

please also attach a (draft) version of you Master thesis. Please send your application material before October 1, 2018 to:

When applying for this postition, please refer to vacancy number EWI2018.47.



For information about the selection procedure, please contact Mrs. drs. P.T.M. van den Bergh, HR-Adviser.


Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
University Graduate
Working hours
38-40 hours weekly
4 years
2222 - 2840 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Oct. 1, 2018
Vacancy nr.