PhD in "Optimization methods in extremal geometry"

Research / Academic

Optimization techniques like linear and semidefinite programming find applications in many practical fields, but more and more also within mathematics, for instance as tool in proving theorems in combinatorics, geometry, etc. In this project, you as a PhD student will explore the use of optimization techniques to tackle problems in extremal geometry such as the sphere-packing problem, the kissing number problem, and other related questions. As PhD student, you will be supervised by Dr. Fernando M. de Oliveira. Filho of the optimization group at TU Delft. The project should offer you an opportunity to learn a great deal about optimization and its applications to geometry and combinatorics; there is moreover the opportunity to conduct independent research into topics of your interest. The position also offers generous funds for travelling.

For more information on the topics considered in this project, check out "PhD student position" in the website 


We are looking for excellent candidates with the following qualifications, knowledge, and skills:

  • MSc and BSc degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, or related fields.
  • A solid background in mathematics and willingness to learn more about functional analysis, harmonic analysis, and representation theory.
  • Experience in computer programming and willingness to learn more about it.
  • Self-motivation, independence, and the ability to work with others.
  • Proficiency in English for effective communication, writing, and presentation. 

Salary Benefits:

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. The 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.

Work Hours:

38 - 40 hours per week


Stevinweg 1