A fully funded PhD position is available at Tilburg University, Departments of 1) Methodology and Statistics and 2) Econometrics and Operations Research, to work on the development of statistical methods for Big Data in the Social Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Katrijn Van Deun and Dr. Juan Vera Lizcano, and Prof. Dr. Klaas Sijtsma as promotor. The position is funded by the Data Science Center Tilburg.


TITLE: A huge scale optimization approach to joint data modeling in the social and behavioral sciences

PROJECT DECRIPTION: Social science research has entered the era of big data: Many detailed measurements are taken and multiple sources of information are used to unravel complex multivariate relations. For example, in studying obesity as the outcome of environmental and genetic influences, researchers increasingly collect survey, dietary, biomarker and genetic data from the same individuals. Such novel integrated research can inform us on health strategies to prevent obesity. High-dimensional (this is more variables than samples) multi-source data form an extremely rich resource for research. However, the current situation for the integration of large-scale multi-source data is one where we have highly promising statistical modeling approaches yet unsatisfactory solutions for practical data analysis: for example, with very large numbers of variables existing methods require excessive computation time. With this project we want to address these issues by proposing an alternative framework that relies on powerful optimization methods.


You have sound knowledge of mathematics, statistics, optimization, or programming and affinity with research methods and techniques. You have or are about to obtain a (preferably research) Master’s degree with excellent academic results in operations research, econometrics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, or a related field. You have an interest in Big Data, Data Science, Machine Learning and Mathematics. Academic curiosity and an interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment are important characteristics for this position. Your written and spoken English are excellent.

Job description

The employment is primarily dedicated towards carrying out the proposed research described above, with the aim to write several academic articles that are publishable in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and supported by computer code. If desired, the position and the environment in which the candidate will be embedded provide an optimal starting point for a possible academic career. The candidate will follow a customized track of graduate courses which will further develop the candidate’s research skills and background knowledge.

Additional information and applications

More information about Tilburg University and the Tilburg Schools of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) and of Economics and Management (TiSEM) can be found on: For more information regarding this position and the project you can contact dr. Katrijn Van Deun ( or dr. Juan Vera Lizcano ( The telephone number of the secretary is 013-4662544. Applications with letter, CV, and a list of courses taken for your master’s degrees together with grades should be sent, by using the link below, before May 7th, 2018.

El Programa de Formación de la FC tiene como objetivos facilitar y promover la ampliación de estudios de licenciados universitarios así como la especialización y actualización de conocimientos de postgraduados, profesores, investigadores, artistas y profesionales procedentes de los países de América Latina miembros de la Comunidad Iberoamericana de Naciones y Portugal.

Para el curso académico 2018-2019 la actividad formativa de la FC se articula a través de seis modalidades de becas: postgrado, doctorado y estancias cortas postdoctorales, emprendimiento, movilidad de profesores brasileños, movilidad de profesores  portugueses y Programa del CESEDEN.

El número de becas y ayudas ofertadas en el Programa de Formación correspondiente a la convocatoria 2018-2019 asciende a 650, que se desglosan de la siguiente manera:

  • 378 becas de postgrado (361 becas de nueva convocatoria y 17 renovaciones de beca)
  • 135 becas de doctorado  (40 de nueva convocatoria y 95 renovaciones)
  • 60 becas de estancias cortas postdoctorales
  • 24 becas de Movilidad de profesores brasileños
  • 15 becas de Movilidad de Profesores portugueses
  • 2 becas de emprendimiento
  • 36 becas del Programa del CESEDEN

The Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica “ Francesco Severi” (INdAM)  has published the second call for 10  PhD fellowships  of the programme  “INdAM Doctoral Programme in Mathematics and/or Applications Cofunded  by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions”, in the framework of the European Horizon 2020  “Marie Sklodowska-Curie Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes”. These fellowships offer to researchers  from all over the world the opportunity to enter a PhD School in  Matehematics and/or applications in Italy.

The deadline for submission of the application is 31 May 2018;  the deadline for submission of the degree/diploma which allows to  embark in a doctorate in Italy : EU citizens 30 September 2018,
non EU citizens 31 May 2018.