Vacancy from Job ID: 79/2024

Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is one of Germany’s largest universities and a leader in research and medical training. With around 30,000 students and more than 5000 members of staff across 14 faculties, it is at the heart of the vibrant and outward-looking city of Leipzig. Leipzig University offers an innovative and international working environment as well as an exciting range of career opportunities in research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, infrastructure and administration.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Mathematics seeks to fill the above position at the earliest opportunity (no later than 1 November 2024).

The position is part of the DFG funded project "Network Inference: Nonparametric Estimation, Bootstrap, and Model Diagnostics in Sparse Graphon Models with Vertex Attributes" (jointly with Carsten Jentsch, TU Dortmund University). In the project we study non-parametric estimation in a graphon model for networks with vertex attributes. The goal is to apply the results to design a bootstrap method for such data. Ideally, we can apply this together with the group from TU Dortmund University to advance the causal inference on networks literature. The employment will be at Leipzig University, but the student will be part of the International Max Planck Research School "Mathematics in the Sciences". Please contact Alexander Kreiss ( for questions about the position or the application.

About the position

  • Fixed term of 3 years
  • 75 % of a full-time position
  • Planned remuneration: salary group 13 TV-L


  • studying non-parametric graphon estimation and related topics such as bootstrap for sparse networks with vertex attributes theoretically and empirically
  • publish the established results and present them
  • participate to the expected degree in the events offered by IMPRS
  • supervising and supporting a supporting employee in building R-packages for the developed methodologies
  • own scientific qualification (doctorate/PhD)


  • very good, completed master’s degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Statistics, or a related subject with a good foundation in Mathematical Statistics and/or Probability Theory
  • very good knowledge of the English language
  • programming skills (preferably in R) are desirable
  • ability and willingness to work on mathematical problems
  • ability to work independently, and to exchange ideas and to cooperate with the other team members at Leipzig University and TU Dortmund University (this includes visiting Dortmund)
  • scientific Curiosity

What we offer

  • A modern workplace and attractive working conditions (mobile working)
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • A discounted local public transport ticket (e.g. the Deutschlandticket as a job ticket)


Please send your application with the usual documents (including contact details of a person who is willing to provide an academic reference), quoting reference number 79/2024, to: Leipzig University, Dean of Faculty for Mathematics and Computer Science, Professor Bernd Kirchheim, Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig by 22 May 2024. You are also welcome to email your application as a single PDF file. Please note that it is not possible to guarantee confidentiality and rule out unauthorised access by third parties when communicating by unencrypted email. We kindly request that you submit copies only, as we are unable to return application documents. Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

Leipzig University aims to increase the proportion of women in positions of responsibility and therefore expressly invites qualified women to apply. Severely disabled persons – or persons deemed legally equal to them under Book IX of the German Social Code – are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

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