PhD position "Interdisciplinary Frontiers of Algebraic Geometry"

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI MiS) is a research center for pure and applied mathematical research located in Leipzig, Germany. The institute is committed to innovative fundamental research, and to transferring concepts and structures from mathematics into other academic fields. The broader scientific environment in Leipzig includes two other Max Planck Institutes (Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Anthropology) as well as the University of Leipzig.

For our upcoming research group "Interdisciplinary Frontiers of Algebraic Geometry" led by İrem Portakal, we offer a 3-year PhD position. The expected starting date of the position is January 1st, 2024. We seek outstanding students who enjoy working in a collaborative environment. Applicants should have a degree in mathematics or related fields with an interest in algebra, geometry and computation.

We strive for gender and ethnic diversity and are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in our workforce. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and perspectives. The group is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and inspiring environment where everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of disability, gender identity, neurodiversity, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Successful applicants will be offered great research opportunities in an excellent working environment. Close interaction with other research groups at the institute, in particular with the Nonlinear Algebra Group of Prof. Bernd Sturmfels, will be possible and encouraged.

How to apply

The closing date for applications for these position is September 30, 2023. Submissions of applications proceed through an electronic form. This form will be hosted by, a German company, so while clicking to the links you will be directed to their server:
1. Start your application - registration
2. Continue your application, check status

Applicants will have to indicate one or more possible PhD advisors among a list of supervisors of the institute. Applying for this call, you need to choose at least İrem Portakal.

Please submit the following documents:

  • CV
  • transcript of examination results
  • a copy of the master thesis (if applicable)
  • names and contact data of two or more academic teachers willing to write a letter of recommendation.

For students who did not write a master thesis, there are qualifying grants available as an entrance level to the research school. The decision of the selection committee will be communicated approximately six weeks after the closing dates.

If you have any technical questions, please contact us using the application contact email, for any questions concerning the research group, please contact İrem Portakal.

29.08.2023, 14:24