PhD positions in Probability Theory

Research / Academic


The successful candidate will be working on fundamental questions in complex networks. This is a very active field within probability theory, with applications ranging from physics and chemistry to computer science and population genetics.

The PhD positions are financed by NETWORKS, a collaborative research program funded by the Dutch science foundation, with partners from Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Leiden. See A brief description of each of the 4 PhD-projects is given below.


  • A MSc degree;
  • A special focus on probability theory;
  • An interest in statistical physics is desirable;
  • Excellent grades and good reference letters.

Salary Benefits:

We offer a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance.  Salary range from €2,191 to €2,801.-gross per month (pay scale P,in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). There is no fixed starting date for the position.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.  Additional budget allows for research visits abroad and attendance of international conferences. More at  

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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