Assistant/Associate Professor in Discrete Optimization (V32.3447)

Assistant/Associate Professor in Discrete Optimization

The Combinatorial Optimization (CO) group at TU Eindhoven is looking for a strong, enthusiastic candidate in Discrete Optimization to join the group. Depending upon seniority, hiring at an assistant (tenure track) or associate professor level is possible.
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We are looking for a (tenure track) assistant / associate professor in Discrete Optimization. A successful candidate is expected to work on one or more themes from: mathematical optimization (including computational integer programming, polyhedral approaches, robust optimization), data science/machine learning, algorithmic game theory, approximation, complexity theory, graph theory, (mathematics of) operations research, algorithms in dynamic environments.

We seek excellent candidates having strong research skills in one or more of the aforementioned fields. The position involves a balanced teaching load. Good teaching and communication skills to interact successfully with students, industry and academic partners are required.

We expect the candidate to:

  • actively engage in acquiring research grants, and to pursue third-party funding,
  • strengthen collaboration both within the group/section and abroad, and to connect his/her research to existing initiatives (Data Science),
  • participate in teaching courses to the bachelor and master students of the department, and
  • be willing to take up administrative responsibilities.

The Combinatorial Optimization group currently consists of one professor, three assistant professors, a lecturer, and part-time professors. Within the Department, the group is part of the section on Discrete Mathematics. The group takes part in the bachelor and master programs of the department (both in mathematics and in computer science).

The group is active within  the Dutch national research cluster DIAMANT. Within the DIAMANT cluster researchers from Dutch mathematical institutes collaborate in an algorithmic approach to algebra, discrete mathematics, logic and number theory. The theme is interpreted broadly, with special attention given to subjects on the interface with neighboring disciplines. The DIAMANT research group consists of about 50 associate and full professors.  More information on DIAMANT can be found at



  • PhD in mathematics, or a related field,
  • proven research track record in Mathematical Optimization,
  • high potential for the acquisition of external research funds,
  • teaching experience and good teaching skills,
  • good English speaking and writing skills (all Master's and Bachelor courses are given in English).


We offer you:

  • challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
  • full time employment as an Assistant Professor with an attractive teaching load for a period of 5 years with possible tenure.
  • For an outstanding candidate a development track towards Associate Professor is possible.
  • As an Assistant Professor a gross salary in the range of € 3.545,- to € 5.513,-  per month (on a full-time basis). As an Associate Professor the range of the gross salary is € 4.911,- to € 6.567,-  per month (on a full-time basis),
  • The salary will be based on your background and working experience and according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO NU).
  • yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary.
  • A yearly end of the year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary.
  • Enrolment into a program to acquire an official teaching certification from Dutch Universities (Basic Qualification Teaching);
  • 40 hour working week and 41 holiday days and highly appreciated flexibility.
  • In addition we offer a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions, the possibility to participate in a collective health care plan, and other benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, child care and excellent sports facilities).

Candidates moving to the Netherlands from abroad may qualify for a tax incentive scheme, where 30% of your income is tax free.  More information on

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If you are interested in the position of tenure-track assistant / associate professor, and would like to apply, please send us your application by using the 'apply for this job'-button at the top of this page. Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Publication list
  • Research statement
  • Teaching statement (not more than one page)
  • Names of at least two referees

Please note that a maximum of 5 documents of 2 MB each can be uploaded

The TU Eindhoven specifically encourages female candidates to apply.

Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.