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    • Date Posted
      January 09,2022
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    Postdoctoral Researcher for Analysis of Quasilinear Parabolic PDEs (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

    Postdoctoral Researcher for Analysis of Quasilinear Parabolic PDEs

    • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
    • Gross monthly salary: € 2,846 - € 4,490
    • Faculty of Science
    • Required background: PhD
    • Application deadline: 13 February 2022

    We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of partial differential equations funded through NWO grant OCENW.KLEIN.358. The project addresses quasilinear parabolic equations arising in mathematical models for biofilm growth. The position has a duration of 20 months, does not carry any teaching duties, and will be supervised by Dr Stefanie Sonner. The starting date is June 2022. Applicants from groups that are underrepresented in Science are particularly encouraged to apply.

    The research project focuses on the mathematical analysis of quasilinear reaction diffusion systems modelling the growth and formation of bacterial biofilms. Characteristic features of these systems are the degenerate diffusion coefficients for the biomass fractions comprising a power-law degeneracy (known from the porous medium equation) and a super diffusion singularity. The aim is to establish well-posedness results and to investigate qualitative properties of solutions such as their regularity and long-time behaviour. Applicants should hold a PhD degree in mathematics and have some background in nonlinear partial differential equations and/or reaction-diffusion systems.


    • You hold a PhD degree in mathematics, or you are on track to obtain one before the start of the project.
    • You have some background in nonlinear partial differential equations and/or reaction-diffusion systems.
    • You are an enthusiastic mathematician and are eager to contribute to the research project.
    • You are able to work as part of a team and independently.
    • You have a good proficiency in English.

    We are

    The Department of Mathematics at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, is part of the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics, and Particle Physics in the Faculty of Science. The department represents a broad range of research fields, including pure and applied analysis, algebraic geometry and topology, number theory, functional analysis, mathematical physics, non-commutative geometry and applied stochastics.

    The Department of Mathematics has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We organise regular research seminars, have a range of specialist lectures and visitors to the department as well as a number of informal events throughout the year.

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    We offer

    • Employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
    • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,836 and a maximum of €4,474 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10).
    • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
    • It concerns a temporary employment for 20 months.
    • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
    • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
    Additional employment conditions
    Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

    Would you like more information?

    For questions about the position, please contact Stefanie Sonner, Assistant Professor at +31 24 365 29 93 or

    Practical information and applications

    You can apply until 13 February 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Stefanie Sonner. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
    • A letter of motivation.
    • Your CV including the names and contact details of two referees willing to write a letter of recommendation.
    • A short research statement (max. two pages).
    • A scanned copy of your PhD certificate.
    The interviews are planned for Thursday 3 March and Friday 4 March. You would preferably begin employment on 1 June 2022.

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