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PhD Position R4-3

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 field of statistics and causal inference, specifically to work on the project R4-3: Identification and statistical inference for time-dependent causal structures.

The project aims are to develop data-driven approaches for discovering and quantifying causal relations from time-dependent observational (i.e. non-experimental) data, such as event-histories or repeated measurements. A particular challenge is that suitably realistic models should include latent structures, e.g. random effects, making identification of and inference for causal parameters mathematically and computationally hard.

We are searching for an enthusiastic and committed researcher with an interest in multivariate statistical methods, longitudinal data analysis, graphical models, causal inference, causal graphs, as well as in developing new statistical models and algorithms with applications to epidemiology. Within the research training group, the Ph.D. student will be part of the Statistics group, working under the supervision of Prof. Vanessa Didelez.



  • M.Sc. or equivalent degree with excellent grades in mathematical sciences or related fields.
  • Skills in scientific computer programming.
  • Experience in the field of statistical methods for multivariate, longitudinal or survival data would be advantageous.
  • Industry or research internships are advantageous.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Desire to work with 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 1 October 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 referring to Ph.D. project R4-3, an extended CV including copies of certificates, a publication list (if applicable), one recommendation letter from a professor of mathematics, and contact information for two further academic referees.

The recommendation letter should be sent by the professor of mathematics direct to us (pi3-applicationprotect me ?!mathprotect me ?!.uni-bremen.de), while the application 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 a number of 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. Vanessa Didelez

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS

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Applications may be addressed to: 

Dr. Daniel Otero Baguer

Zentrum für Technomathematik

Bibliothekstr. 5

28359 Bremen

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