Postdoctoral Researcher in Random Geometry and Quantum Gravity

Radboud University is looking for a postdoctoral researcher with an affinity for mathematical or numerical random geometry and/or quantum gravity to contribute to the search for consistent microscopic models of spacetime geometry.

The program has its footing in the solid mathematical basis of random geometry (including the theory of random planar maps, Liouville quantum gravity, topological recursion, hyperbolic geometry and Weil-Petersson volumes, moduli spaces, and matrix and tensor models) as well as in numerical lattice quantum gravity (causal dynamical triangulations, random simplicial geometry, Monte Carlo methods).

Its general aims are to extend these analytic and numerical methods beyond their current range of applicability; to utilize them to find new universality classes of random geometries, and to explore the relevance of these classes as candidate microscopic models of spacetime geometry in non-perturbative quantum gravity.

Nevertheless, the program is deliberately placed at the interface of high-energy physics, mathematics, and computational science to make the most of the developments in the respective fields. In particular, the research group benefits from a diverse composition of expertise and they, therefore, invite applications from all relevant research fields.

Duration: A full-time employment for 2 years.


  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,836 and a maximum of €4,474, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Assistant with family-related issue, help partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help to settle in Nijmegen.

Job Requirements

The position seeks candidates to:

  • hold a PhD degree in physics or mathematics.
  • a demonstrable interest and experience in at least one of the following topics: quantum gravity; random geometry; combinatorics and/or probability theory of random planar maps or other models or random surfaces.
  • be excited about working in a multidisciplinary research environment and have affinity with communicating with researchers across fields (e.g. mathematics, physics, computational science).
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Application Process

To apply for this position, applications should include

  • CV including the names of at least two referees who may be contacted for letters at a later stage.
  • Letter of motivation including candidates view on how background and expertise contributes to the theme of the programme and the research group.
  • Research statement explaining his/her research background and interests.
  • List of publications (if not included in the CV).

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Application Deadline: December 01, 2021.

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