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PhD Position R2-1

The RTG π3 is a collaborative project between mathematicians of the Center for Industrial Mathematics (ZeTeM); mathematicians in analysis, topology, and statistics; and applied scientists of the University of Bremen. We invite applications for a Ph.D. position (75% of a full position) in the area of Discrete Optimization and Algorithmic Game Theory in the framework of project R2-1: Development and Optimization of Models for Congested Systems.

Today’s world is more interconnected than it has ever been. Control of both digital, as well as physical traffic, and optimization of the underlying infrastructure is of central importance. Mathematical models for these infrastructures play a huge role in the optimization tasks. Solution concepts have to include the strategic behavior of users and should cover additional mathematical properties. We aim for the development of realistic mathematical models for congested systems especially the identification of meaningful parameters for the users’ objective functions that highly influence the arising stable solutions. We are interested in both the techniques for the efficient calculation of solutions and the optimization of the infrastructure itself.

We are searching for an enthusiastic and committed researcher with an interest in Discrete Optimization or Algorithmic Game Theory as well as in developing and applying new mathematical models and algorithms. Within the research training group, the Ph.D. student will be part of the Discrete Optimization group at the Center for Industrial Mathematics, working under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Schmand.



  • M.Sc. or equivalent degree with excellent grades in mathematical sciences or related fields.
  • Skills in scientific computer programming.
  • Experience in Discrete Optimization, Robust Optimization, or Algorithmic Game Theory is advantageous.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Desire to work in an international and interdisciplinary team.


The position is for a fixed term of 3 years. The earliest starting date for each position in the research training group is October 01, 2022. The salary is according to the German federal employee scale TV-L E13, 75% of a full position (i.e., approximately € 1.900 – 2.100 monthly net income). This call is open until all positions are filled.

Applicants are invited to submit their letter of motivation including a reference to Ph.D. project R2-1, an extended CV including copies of certificates, a publication list (as far as applicable), one recommendation letter from a professor of a related field, and contact information of two more scientists as possible referees.

The recommendation letter should be sent by the professor directly to us (pi3-applicationprotect me ?!mathprotect me ?!.uni- bremen.de), while the application file should only include her/his name and affiliation.

All relevant documents, quoting the official reference number 'A 106/22, should be submitted by April 25, 2022,

– preferably electronically as a single PDF file to pi3-applicationprotect me ?!math.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de – to the π3-coordination: Dr. Daniel Otero Baguer, Zentrum für Technomathematik, Universität Bremen, Bibliothekstr. 5, 28359 Bremen.

The University of Bremen has received several awards for its gender and diversity policies and is particularly aiming to increase the number of female researchers. Gender equality will be given special emphasis within this research training group. Applications from female candidates, international applications, and applications of academics with a migrant background are explicitly welcome. Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference.


Further inquiries for this position may be addressed to:

Prof. Daniel Schmand

Center for Industrial Mathematics

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Applications may be addressed to: 

Dr. Daniel Otero Baguer

Zentrum für Technomathematik

Bibliothekstr. 5

28359 Bremen

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