Non-tenure-track/postdoctoral Utrecht, Netherlands Apply
Utrecht University
Mathematical Institute
Budapestlaan 6
3584 CD Utrecht
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Enumerative geometry is the field of algebraic geometry dealing with counting geometric objects satisfying constraints. So far, enumerative geometry largely concerned curve counting. This 2-year postdoctoral position is funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant “Surfaces on fourfolds” on the enumerative geometry of surfaces on Calabi-Yau fourfolds and related subjects. This new field has unexpected connections with various areas of mathematics and physics, such as Hodge theory, singularity theory, representation theory, and string theory.

This ERC project is comprised of two PhD positions and two postdoctoral positions which will be filled during the period September 2023-September 2028.

You can contribute to the ERC project, but you will also have ample freedom to carry out your own research line. You will be part of the research team of Dr. Martijn Kool.

You will be part of the algebraic geometry group and, more generally, the Utrecht Geometry Centre external link, which encompasses all the research groups in pure mathematics within the Mathematical Institute of Utrecht University. Our expertise covers a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from algebraic and differential geometry to algebraic topology, logic, and number theory.

Teaching is not a regular part of this position. If you do like to take on teaching duties, we are open to discussing the possibilities.

Your qualities
We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled applicant who possesses the following characteristics:

- a PhD, or nearly finished, in algebraic geometry or a related field (by the time of appointment);
- a strong interest in moduli theory, enumerative geometry, or related topics;
- proficiency in English, both in speaking and writing. Knowledge of the Dutch language is not required.

Our offer
We offer:

- a top-class research environment within a broad national and international network;
- a full-time position (1.0 FTE) for two years;
- a full-time gross salary, depending on previous qualifications and experience, ranging from €3,226 to €5,090 in scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO);
- 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
- A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the CAO.

Application Instructions

As Utrecht University, we want to be a home  for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

If you are enthusiastic about this position, visit and apply.

 Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • the e-mail addresses of at least 2 referees, who we may contact for a reference letter;
  • your research plan (max. 5 pages excluding bibliography).

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Dr. Martijn Kool