PhD Position in Operations Research and Statistics

Catholic University of Leuven


RESEARCH CENTRE FOR OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND STATISTICS (ORSTAT) The PhD candidate will work on a statistical topic related to modelling dependencies, model selection or post-selection inference. The research topics in ORSTAT cover a wide range of challenging subjects in both operations research and Statistics. Next to the methodological research, ORSTAT investigates computational aspects, both for statistics and for operations research. In this way the applicability of the proposed methods is facilitated and often software is made available through websites. This broad range of skills is reflected in the research topics of each of the group's members.


The research group ORSTAT of KU Leuven (Belgium) has a vacancy for a full-time PhD scholarship in Statistics, starting at the latest in September 2021, for a maximum of four years. The candidate will work on a statistica topic related to modelling dependencies, model selection or post-selection inference. This work should lead to a PhD degree.


Candidates should have a strong interest in statistics and preferably hold a Master’s degree in Statistics, Business Engineering (Handelsingenieur), Mathematics, or equivalent.

An average degree of “distinction” during preliminary studies (bachelor and master) is required, as well as an appropriate knowledge of written and spoken English.

Experience with at least one programming language (such as R) is an asset. Students that are currently in the final year of their Master studies are especially encouraged to apply.


We offer an employment as full-time doctoral scholar for 1 year, renewable until max. 4 years after positive evaluation. You will find a dynamic and pleasant working environment, in a group that is actively involved in scientific research at the highest international level.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Gerda Claeskens, tel.: +32 16 32 69 93, mail:

We expect an application letter with motivation and a detailed curriculum vitae with study results and with names of two persons (that we may contact for reference letters).

You can apply for this job no later than April 18, 2021 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: April 18, 2021
  • Tags: Wiskunde

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