Job description

We offer a PhD position In the project `Data driven risk management for fire services' funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

This project aims to develop a flexible hierarchical statistical framework for the analysis and prediction of various types of fires and will be carried out in close cooperation with the Twente Fire Brigade. It will deliver a model for spatio-temporal inference (including monitoring, filtering and prediction), that is able to recognize patterns in historic data and convert these to a prediction. This will be the challenge.

The results can be used for both repression and prevention purposes, including improving vehicle and personnel planning in the fire stations, informing the right people at the right time and evaluating the effectivity of public awareness campaigns.

Your profile

Candidates are required to have a Masterʼs degree (or an equivalent one) in mathematics or a related discipline and a solid background in probability and statistics. They should have excellent grades, research talent (as proven by their thesis), an excellent command of English and good academic writing and presentation skills.
An assessment may be part of the application procedure.

For further information, please contact: M. de Graaf ( or Prof.dr. M.N.M. van Lieshout (


To apply, please upload a letter of motivation, a list of your BSc and MSc courses with grades and either a copy of your Master's thesis if available or a copy of your Bachelor's thesis accompanied by an outline of your Master's thesis.

You can submit your application, before  April 11, 2020, using the link below.

Our offer

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for universities:

  • Fulltime position for a period of 4 year;
  • A starting salary of € 2.325,- in the first year and a salary of € 2.972,- in the last year gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of fulltime employment;
  • Facilities for professional and personal development.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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