The Zukunftskolleg and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Konstanz offer a
three-year limited term, salary scale 13 TV-L/50%
in the DFG-funded research project Convexity in Real Algebraic Geometry led by Daniel Plaumann.
The project is concerned with current developments at the interface
between algebraic geometry, convex geometry, and polynomial
optimization, in particular regarding linear matrix inequalities and
The Ph.D. student will contribute through their work to the success of the research project, with the opportunity to work towards a degree by the end of the funding period (three years).
The project is hosted at the Zukunftskolleg
at the University of Konstanz. The Zukunftskolleg is an interdisciplinary research centre funded by the German Excellence Initiative with special focus on fostering junior researchers. It offers excellent research conditions in a lively atmosphere with young researchers from a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the project is part of the Research
Group Real Algebraic Geometry in the Department of
Mathematics, where several researchers are working on related
Equivalent of a German Masters or Diploma degree in Mathematics with excellent grades
very good working knowledge in at least one of the following mathematical fields: Algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, convex geometry, polynomial or combinatorial optimisation
strong commitment to study the wider mathematical context of the project
expericence in the use of mathematical software is desirable
good command of English or German
The application should include a cover letter, an academic
CV, a transcript of records, a copy of the master or
diploma thesis and a letter of recommendation (ideally
from the former supervisor), to be sent directly by the letter writer.
Important note: Students in the final
stages of their studies who do not yet hold a degree may apply anyway
and should provide instead of the thesis an excerpt, draft, summary, or similar.
Please send all application documents and inquiries by email to