Postdoc position in Arithmetic Geometry (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Science
Department of Mathematics
Application deadline: 

Job description

The Mathematical Institute at Utrecht University is offering a 3-year postdoc position in arithmetic geometry funded by the VIDI grant “Fano varieties: rational points and beyond” of Marta Pieropan. The grant aims to develop a systematic approach to measure the distribution of special subsets of rational points, also called Campana points, on log Fano varieties over number fields or over global function fields, and to uncover their relation to logarithmic Gromov-Witten theory.

In this position, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the project, as well as to develop your own research line. The main projects our group works on concern the arithmetic of rational points and Campana points on Fano type varieties using tools from analytic number theory, birational geometry and logarithmic geometry. The neighbouring research groups in the Mathematical Institute work on moduli spaces of sheaves, enumerative geometry, moduli spaces of curves and of abelian varieties, modular forms, analytic and algorithmic number theory, zeta functions and Galois representations attached to algebraic varieties. You will have no mandatory teaching duties. However, if you wish to do so, you will get the opportunity to acquire teaching experience.

You will be appointed to Utrecht University for this position, however as the research group is involved in a collaboration between multiple universities, including Leiden University and Groningen University, you will get the chance to visit the other universities for research purposes as well.


You will need a completed PhD in mathematics before the starting date of the position. Furthermore, you should be interested in one or more of the following topics: rational points, (log) Fano varieties, the circle method, counting techniques over global function fields, logarithmic geometry, moduli spaces of stable (log) maps. A working proficiency in English will be necessary, knowledge of the Dutch language is not required.


  • A position for 3 years;
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from € 2960 to €4670 in scale 10;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.

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About the organisation

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Our Institute has a very active algebraic geometry and number theory community, including Gunther Cornelissen, Carel Faber, Valentijn Karemaker, Martijn Kool, Marta Pieropan and Lola Thompson. You will join the research group of Marta Pieropan, who is an assistant professor at Utrecht University and also a member of the Dutch research consortium “Rational points: new dimensions” connecting Utrecht University, Leiden University, and the University of Groningen. You will have ample opportunity to participate in seminars and workshops here in Utrecht, as well as in the consortium activities. Funding is available to support travel to conferences and workshops abroad.

Additional information

If you have any questions that you’d like us to answer, please contact Marta Pieropan at

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Note that international candidates needing a visa/work permit for the Netherlands require at least four months processing time after selection and acceptance. This will be arranged with help of the International Service Desk (ISD) of our university. Finding appropriate housing in or near Utrecht is your own responsibility, but the ISD may be able to advise you therewith. For general questions that you might have about working and living in The Netherlands, please consult the Dutch Mobility Portal where much information can be found.


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If you have become enthusiastic about this role, then simply respond via the "Apply" button!
Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your Curriculum vitae with publication list;
  • your research statement;
  • at least two reference letters to be sent by email to at the latest one week after the deadline.

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The application deadline is 11 December 2022.