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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