PhD Position in Algebraic Graph Theory at Tu Eindhoven at Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in computer science. This position is open until filled.

We are looking for a strong, motivated PhD student with a background in mathematics (mathematics scholarships) for a four-year project that aims to apply linear algebra (algebra scholarships) methods to problems about graphs.

The TU Eindhoven (TU/e) was established in 1956 as a polytechnic. It has grown into a university with nine departments. The TU/e now has approximately 3000 employees (incl. PhD students) and 8000 BSc and MSc students. The TU/e campus is in the center of Eindhoven. Our Department offers several bachelor and master (fully funded master scholarships) programs, all of which are taught in English. The Combinatorial Optimization group provides a dynamic international research atmosphere.

In the Netherlands, every PhD student gets paid a salary; no additional grants are needed. Moreover, although PhD students sometimes take courses, there is no minimum requirement. Hence, PhD students are more like employees than like students. Indeed, the Dutch word for PhD student translates to “research trainee”. The work of a PhD student may include assisting in courses of BSc or MSc programs of the department. This amounts to around 10% of the time; the remaining time is spent on research and research-related activities. Foreign PhD students need not speak Dutch: it is easy to get by with English, not only at the university but also in everyday life.

The field of Spectral Graph Theory aims to understand to what extent graphs are characterized by their spectra. Starting from the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix associated to a graph, we seek to deduce combinatorial properties of the graph. The research of this project is aimed at advancing the theory of spectral graph theory. The project investigates questions such as: To what extend is a graph characterized by its spectrum? Is the existence of non-isomorphic graphs with the same spectrum a rare or a common phenomena? Can we use eigenvalues to provide good and efficient bounds on NP-hard graph parameters? Dr. Aida Abiad and Prof.dr. Frits Spieksma will supervise the project.

We offer a PhD position in Algebraic Graph Theory. Gross salary ranges from 2.325 per month in the first year increasing up to 2.972 in the fourth year. The TU Eindhoven offers a broad package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, child daycare and excellent sports facilities).

For more information about the project or about the working conditions, please contact Aida Abiad (a.abiad.monge[at], or Frits Spieksma (f.c.r.spieksma[at]

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