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Two postdoc positions in Homotopy Theory

Deadline: December 6, 2021

Job description

The Utrecht Geometry Centre at Utrecht University is offering two postdoctoral research positions in algebraic topology. We are looking for excellent researchers with an interest in one of the following, or related, areas:

  • unstable, chromatic or equivariant homotopy theory;
  • operads;
  • topological modular forms;
  • higher algebra;
  • derived algebraic geometry.

The research goals should be interpreted broadly, so if you have an interest in one of these or related areas we strongly encourage you to apply. The positions do not come with teaching duties, but there is ample opportunity to teach, should you wish to do so.

We would like you to contribute actively to our research environment. This includes participating in our local seminars. In addition, you may be asked to assist in advising Bachelor's or Master's students with an interest in homotopy theory. You should be able to plan and manage their research, with guidance if required.

The preferred starting date is September 1, 2022, but earlier or later starting dates are possible.


We are looking for candidates who meet the following qualifications:

  • a PhD in mathematics or an obtained degree in this area, or a related field, before the starting date of the position;
  • a strong research background in homotopy theory or related areas;
  • working proficiency in English;
  • a collaborative and enterprising attitude towards research in mathematics.


Our Institute has a very active topology community, which includes Gijs Heuts, Lennart Meier and Ieke Moerdijk. You will be able to participate in seminars and workshops in Utrecht. Moreover, we are in close collaboration with the neighboring topology group in Nijmegen. Funding is available to support travel to conferences and workshops abroad.

We also offer:

  • a position for two years with a potential extension to a third year;
  • a full-time gross salary ranging from €2,836 to €4,474 in scale 10;
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

Additional information

If you have any questions, please contact Gijs Heuts,, Lennart Meier,, or Ieke Moerdijk,

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role then please go to the link and respond via the “Apply now” button, enclosing:

  • a cover letter;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • your research statement;
  • the names and email addresses of at least two references.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward the link to them. The application deadline is 6 December 2021.

Please note: Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most likely be conducted online.

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