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PhD-candidate DeepNL

Job description

The scientific computing and numerical analysis group in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente (UT, in the Netherlands) has a vacancy for a Ph.D. student. The position is within the research project “Comprehensive monitoring and prediction of seismicity within the Groningen gas field using large scale field observations“ within the research program DeepNL. The goal of this interdisciplinary project is to monitor the seismicity and other changes in the subsurface with tools based on machine learning, model order reduction, and supercomputing. In the context of the advertised PhD position we aim at building reduced order models that speed up the computations of elastic wave equations simulated when estimating the structure in the surfaces and when training neural networks. The key idea of reduced order modelling is to build a low-dimensional subspace of the high-dimensional say finite element or spectral element discretization and then solve the partial differential equation in that low-dimensional subspace. The mathematical challenges in this project come from the facts that for the underlying high-dimensional spectral element discretization we need to consider several millions of elements and that finding good reduced spaces is not straightforward for the elastic wave equation.

Your profile

  • You are a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher;
  • You have a M.Sc. degree in mathematics with solid background in scientific computing, numerical analysis, and partial differential equations;
  • You have good team spirit and multidisciplinary curiosity, and like to work in an internationally oriented environment where many cultures meet;
  • Your English proficiency is at least level B2 (CEF).


Please send your application before November 15, 2019 via the "apply now" button and include:

  • a CV (resume);
  • an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education.

The intended starting date for the position is as soon as possible but no later than February 2020. For more information please contact Kathrin Smetana (

Our offer

We offer an interesting temporary research position in a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high societal relevance. The UT offers excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment and a green and lively campus with lots of sports facilities and an international scientific community.

  • You will be appointed on a fulltime PhD position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year.
  • You will have a full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits.
  • Your salary will range from EUR 2.325,- (1st year) to EUR 2.972,- (4th year) per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%).
  • You can make use of excellent facilities for professional and personal development.
  • You will receive good secondary conditions, in accordance with the collective labor agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities.

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.

PhD-candidate DeepNL
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