Doctoral Position in Mathematics at University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki is pleased to invite applicants to apply for PhD scholarship in mathematics. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to January 31, 2015.

The PhD student will work with Gaussian processes for spatial and spatio-temporal environmental data. The application areas include, for example, species distribution modeling and modeling environmental variables such as water quality. The precise content of the work will be tailored according to student 's background and interest but the work will include aspects from Bayesian statistics and computational methodology (e.g., Markov chain Monte Carlo, expectation propagation and Laplace approximation).

The work will be supervised by Jarno Vanhatalo ( and conducted in the New Models and Methods to Fuse Spatial Information from Complementary Sources - research project funded by the University of Helsinki.

The salary will be based on the Finnish universities teaching and research personnel 's job requirement level 2 (PhD student). In addition, part of the salary will be based on the personal performance. The starting salary will be approximately 2 000 - 2 200 €/month.

Application Requirements
The successful applicant should have a Master 's degree or equivalent qualification in statistics, computer sciences, environmental sciences, geoinformatics or other related discipline. Prior experience in Bayesian statistics and computational methodology are considered a strong asset. Further information can be obtained from Jarno Vanhatalo.

How to apply?
The applicants are requested to enclose with their application CV, a description of studies, copy of degree certificate and a motivation letter. Applications should be addressed to Jarno.

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