PhD Position

Update (11 November 2015): The University of Auckland has drastically changed its PhD scholarship system. If you are at a New Zealand university and want to pursue a PhD with me, email me. If your GPA is sufficiently high, you might automatically get a scholarship. If you are overseas, not all is lost; however, international scholarships are now harder to come by.

Original post. This is to advertise a PhD position in mathematics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The scholarship is funded by a Marsden Fund Grant and offers an annual stipend of NZ$25,000 (tax free), plus tuition fee, for three years of PhD study.

The successful applicant will be working under my supervision on a topic selected in real algebraic geometry or one of its closely related areas.


  • Masters degree or equivalent in Mathematics with excellent grades;
  • very good knowledge in at least one of the following mathematical fields: algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, convex geometry, optimization, functional analysis;
  • strong commitment to study the wider mathematical context of the project;
  • experience in the use of mathematical software is desirable;
  • good command of English. While this is required on its own, you will need to provide evidence (overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 or equivalent) as required by the University of Auckland if your application is successful.


The application should include a cover letter, an academic CV, a transcript of records, a copy of the master or diploma thesis and the name of a referee (ideally the former supervisor).

Students in the final stage of their studies who do not yet hold a degree may apply anyway and should instead of the thesis provide an excerpt, draft, summary, or similar.

Please send me all application documents and inquiries by email.

Deadline:  11 October 2014

Update (18 October 2014): The deadline has passed. However, if you are looking for a PhD position, please contact me nevertheless. The university has a well established PhD scholarship system, and you may be eligible to apply.

How about Postdoc positions? This is where it gets a little trickier, as the university has a rather unfavorable system of financing. The only opportunity is an annual call for applications (usually in April). If you are interested, please email me.

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