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PhD position in Astrostatistics


Applications are invited for a PhD position in Astrostatistics at

Radboud University in the Netherlands. The position is joint between

the stochastics group of Eric Cator and the astrophysics group of Gijs

Nelemans. The aim of the project is to develop, study and use

statistical tools to optimally compare models for the evolution of

massive binaries into double neutron stars and black holes, to a wide

range of (inhomogeneous) observational data. With these tools we want

to determine or constrain the outcome of various uncertain

evolutionary processes and validate the model. We also want to develop

statistical theory for these new tools in this challenging setting.


We are looking for a MSc student with a strong background in

mathematics/statistics and an interest in astrophysics. The research

takes place within the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and

Particle Physics and the PhD student is expected to be involved both

in the department of Astrophysics and in the Applied Stochastics group

within the department of Mathematics. The PhD student is expected to

dedicate 10% if her/his time to teaching assistance, most likely in



For more information on this project, contact Eric Cator

( or Gijs Nelemans (


To apply, email a cover/motivation letter and CV to Also please arrange for 3 letters of references

(PDFs) to be emailed to Complete applications received

by June 1st, 2019 will receive full consideration. We encourage

applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals

with disabilities.


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