A vacancy for a full-time PhD Scholarship in Statistics at KU Leuven

The PhD candidate will work on topics in statistics related to the study of dependencies, (copula-based) risk measures, flexible (regression) models and statistical inference methods for contemporary data. The research within the Statistics and Risk section of the Department of Mathematics covers a wide range of areas, dealing with various challenging research questions. Apart from the development of new methods, and contributions to statistical theory, the development of open source software facilitates wide application of research results.


  • The research will be conducted within the research group on mathematical statistics (with particular expertise in semiparametric and nonparametric statistical inference).
  • The research is part of a broader research program, with promoters Irène Gijbels (Faculty of Science) and Gerda Claeskens (Faculty of Economics and Business), and the PhD candidate will be part of the larger group of researchers working in this project.
  • Candidates will be welcomed in a pleasant and stimulating working environment.
  • The vacancy for a full-time PhD Scholarship in Statistics, starting at the latest in September 2021, for a maximum of four years.The research work should lead to a PhD degree.


  • Candidates should have strong interest in statistics and have a good mathematics background. Candidates should preferably hold a Master's degree in mathematics, statistics, (civil or business) engineering,
  • or equivalent. An average degree of "distinction" during education (bachelor and master) is required, as well as a good knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Some experience with programming languages (such as R, Python, ...) is an asset. Students that are currently in the last year of their Master's program are encouraged to apply.


  • The PhD position is a full-time position, for one year, and is renewable (conditional upon a positive evaluation), up to a maximum of four years.
  • The candidate will find a very dynamic research environment, in a group conducting research at the highest international level.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Irène Gijbels, tel.: +32 16 32 20 18, mail: irene.gijbels@kuleuven.be.
Your application should contain an application letter with motivation, and a detailed curriculum vitae, including also detailed study results (including the partial study result of a current last year of Master's).
Contact details of two persons (that may be contacted for reference letters) should be provided.

You can apply for this job no later than May 17, 2021 via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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