Scholarship Summary:


PhD applicant for a position in Network Statistics and Machine Learning.

The ideal candidate will have a desire to work and achieve at the highest level of academic excellence. The research will concentrate on the analysis and modelling of networks using statistical and machine learning methods. Networks are omnipresent in finance, social media, economics, and business.

The PhD student will work on developing new approaches for node classification, link prediction, and community detection in network data while simultaneously developing software and open data tools for these purposes. This will be followed by presenting research findings at international conferences and publishing them in international journals.

The PhD student will work closely with the supervisory team consisting of Dr Inez Zwetsloot, Dr Simon Trimborn, and Dr Stevan Rudinac. The candidate is required to have a Master’s degree in Statistics, Econometrics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Mathematics, or a related field.


  • Expected to have completed a Masters’ degree in Statistics, Econometrics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Mathematics, or a related field

Task requirements include:

  • Exceptional communication skills in English, both written and verbal, with prior experience in writing for a scientific audience
  • Self-motivation and readiness to independently formulate research projects and see them through to completion.
  • Strong mathematical and data analytics skills with a strong interest in improving these skills further.
  • Proficiency in programming with one or more of the following languages: Python, R, C, C++
  • The initial employment contract will be for 18 months, with an intermediate evaluation at the end of this period. The contract can be extended for up to 30 months, making it a total of four years.


The gross monthly salary will range from €2,541 in the first year to €3,247 in the last year. Additionally, the University of Amsterdam offers a solid pension scheme (ABP), 8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, and 232 hours of annual leave based on full-time employment.

University of Amsterdam Phd Requirements

The application should include:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A recent curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A publication list (if applicable)
  • A grade list of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees

All documents should be combined and submitted as one pdf.

Deadline: 1 May 2023

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