I have an opening for a two year postdoctoral position, funded by a VIDI grant from the NWO (the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research). Informal queries (not applications!) regarding the position can be addressed to me at n.olver@vu.nl.

See my research and publications pages for more about my research.


The opening is within the Department of Econometrics & Operations Research of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Our group consists of a number of researchers working on theoretical problems in combinatorial optimization and algorithms, motivated by real-world applications. I am also affiliated with the Networks & Optimization group at CWI (the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands), and the successful candidate would be encouraged to interact and collaborate with the group there. Algorithms and optimization is thriving in Amsterdam, and there are a large number of faculty, postdocs and students in the vicinity.

The position includes generous travel funding. Amsterdam is a beautiful, lively, and exceptionally liveable city. Amsterdam is very international, and English is almost universally spoken. The gross monthly salary is according to the salary scale of the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement, and will depend on the experience of the candidate. A monthly gross salary will be at least 3637. In addition to this, there is a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. Candidates coming from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax benefit (the “30% ruling”).

Requirements and application procedure

Applicants should have (or expect to soon have) a PhD in mathematics, theoretical computer science, or operations research. Proficiency in English is a requirement; Dutch language skills are not needed.

At this moment, there is no deadline; applications will be considered until the position is filled. This advertisement may be updated with a fixed deadline at a later date.

Please send your application to: apply@nolver.net, with the subject line “Postdoc Application”.

Applications should include the following.

  1. A cover letter, highlighting your research achievements and interests.
  2. A detailed CV.
  3. Copies of two representative publications.
  4. At least two recommendation letters, which can be sent directly to the same email address by your references. Please ask your references to include your name in the subject line of the email.

All included files must be in PDF format.