Lund University, Faculty of Science, Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Mathematical statistics comprises probability theory and statistical theory with applications in all parts of the society with emphasis on science, technology, medicine and economics.

Basic probability theory the main task is to develop mathematical models for the description and analysis of random events, and to study the mathematical properties of such models. In the statistical theory are studied including the principles and methods for using empirical facts and data to build and test the models. To the substance, belongs also the task that in cooperation with the application areas to develop methods for the experimental verification of established models.

In the subject of mathematical statistics is conducted at the faculty of engineering research and education at the graduate level, both in basic probability theory and statistical theory and in different application fields, mainly scientific and technical modelling, statistical image and signal processing.


Mathematical statistics

Subject description

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

The research project concerns the development of the theory of large systems with a particular focus on phase transitions. Examples of such systems are: monotone and non-monotone bootstrap percolation processes on distance random graphs, continuum percolation on randomly grown trees, Ising model of quantum gravity on planar random triangulations, Coulomb gas ensembles.

The motivation for the study comes from mathematics, theoretical physics and neurobiology.

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Additional requirements

Good oral and written proficiency in English.

Finally, the student is deemed to have the ability needed to pass the course.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems. Written and oral communication skills Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria

Deep and excellent knowledge of University Program in mathematics, and particularly theory of probability. Courses in stochastic processes, statistical physics, even a diploma in theoretical physics make application stronger for this particular project.

Applicants are invited to contact Prof. Tatyana Turova for further information.

Terms of employment

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Instructions for application

  1. The application should be written in English.
  2. The application must include personal letter with motivation why you are interested in the position and manner in which the research project matches your interests, and your educational background.
  3. The application shall also contain the CV, a diploma or equivalent.
  4. Oother material that you wish to invoke (copies of the score, information for the references, letters of recommendation, etc).
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2018-05-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/4142
  • Tatyana Turova, Professor, +46 46-222 85 43,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 18.Dec.2017
Last application date 15.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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