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PhD Candidate in Statistical Modelling

Published 2022-06-23

With leading research in omics, we can unravel biological mechanisms underlying human diseases. This requires curious and highly motivated individuals who want to push statistical boundaries to develop methods for omics dataset analysis. As a PhD Candidate at the department of Mathematics, you get to explore the fascinating potential of omics research in a welcoming and proactive atmosphere, together with a diverse group of researchers.

The Department of Mathematics at Radboud University is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated PhD candidate to develop statistical methods for omics datasets. Omics research has the potential to unravel biological mechanisms underlying human diseases. Ongoing technological advances deliver diverse omics datasets and their analysis requires novel methods. Developing these methods using multivariate analyses techniques such as functional principal component analysis and partial least squares is the topic of this project.

You will work on a PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Jeanine Houwing-Duistermaat. You will develop new statistical methods, apply them to omics datasets, interpret the results, and implement the method in software packages. The position is funded for four years and has a light teaching load (10%). You will be encouraged to participate in relevant group meetings, conferences, workshops and seminars, and to communicate your findings through publications in peer-reviewed journals. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a PhD degree from Radboud University. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

  • You hold a Master's degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics, or an equivalent degree, or will have completed such a degree before the start date.
  • You have a strong background in statistics.
  • You have experience in programming, preferably in R.
  • You have an interest in medicine and biology.
  • You have excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Experience in data analysis would be a plus.
contract: You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,443 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,122 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • 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.
Statistical methods is one of the research areas of the Department of Mathematics. The field is represented by Prof. Jeanine Houwing-Duistermaat and Prof. Eric Cator.

The department has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere with researchers in related areas including stochastics and applied mathematics.  There is a good balance of junior and senior staff, and of Dutch and international researchers. We regularly organise research seminars as well as various informal events throughout the year. Moreover, statisticians at Radboud University are part of a larger international network of statisticians who regularly interact and meet for seminars and other events.

The Mathematics Department has more than 20 PhD candidates.Radboud University
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

For questions about the position, please contact Jeanine Houwing-Duistermaat, Professor of Statistics at j.duistermaat@math.ru.nl. Alternatively, you can contact Eric Cator, Professor of Applied Stochastics at +31 24 365 31 40 or e.cator@math.ru.nl.

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