PhD Scholarship in Computational Mathematics at Stockholm University

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in computational mathematics at Stockholm University, Sweden. The funding allows successful candidate to work for four years. Applications are welcome before November 17, 2018.

The Department of Mathematics at Stockholm University with its excellent research record since more than 100 years has acquired a prominent place in Scandinavian mathematics. The department consists of two divisions, Mathematics and Mathematical statistics, and is now creating a division for Computational mathematics which will host this position. The new division has activities in computational biology, bioinformatics, stochastic modelling, scientific computing, and more.

Project description

The thesis topic is Computational problems in evolution relating to the role of gene duplications in coevolutionary interactions. We have in past projects developed models and tools for analyzing gene evolution with respect to species evolution, explicitly taking gene duplications, transfers, and losses into account. Using techniques from statistical learning and inference, the PhD candidate will adapt and extend this work for other types of data and new question in evolution. Working with experts on the evolution of Pieridae butterflies and their Brassicales hostplants, we want to address detailed questions regarding the evolutionary history of Pieridae genes, in particular relating to gene duplication and functional innovation. The aim is to better understand the genetic and evolutionary basis of what drives the diversification of much of life on Earth.

The project is carried out in collaboration with Prof Christopher Wheat at the Department of Zoology, who has recently hired a PhD student to work on the biological analysis part of the project. The goal is to have both PhD students work together and share insights between their two fields.

Qualification requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in Computational Mathematics requires 90 credits in the second cycle, of which 60 credits are in Mathematics and 30 are in Computer Science or Numerical Analysis. 15 credits must represent an individual project assignment in Computer Science.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.


The primary assessment criteria in appointing a PhD student is the capacity to complete the research training. The selection of candidates is based upon documented relevant knowledge of the subject area, earlier studies and grades, quality of theses, references, the written application and, for a smaller group of selected candidates, interviews. Information about admission will be given at the latest in December.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

and, in addition, please include the following documents


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