Job Openings

The Research Training Group (RTG) 2126 “Algorithmic Optimization” (ALOP), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), is accepting applications for


three fast track stipends (800 EUR per month)

at the University of Trier

for a period of one year beginning April 1, 2018


The fast track stipends require the attendance of lectures or seminars in the mathematical Master program of Trier University in the amount of at least 40 credits as preparation for a PhD project. Upon positive evaluation after completion of the stipend year, the successful candidate will be directly accepted into the ALOP PhD program (83% TV-L E12, duration 3 years). The ALOP research topics are devoted to all mathematical aspects of algorithmic optimization with an emphasis on applications, in particular in large and big data, as well as systems models from economics. The doctoral research positions after the stipend phase do not involve teaching duties.


At the time of hiring, applicants must hold a BSc degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or a closely related field. They should be able to communicate in English and document their interest in the scientific goals of the research program of the Research Training Group.  Excellent programming skills are a plus.


Applications should include:

  • letter of motivation (no more than 2 pages)
  • curriculum vitae
  • a recent letter of reference (in English or German) to be sent directly to the address given below
  • contact information of at least one additional reference
  • copies of degrees earned (in German or English translation)
  • the bachelor thesis


Applications from researchers of all nationalities are welcome. Trier University strives to increase the proportion of women in research and strongly encourages women to apply. The university is certified as a family-friendly employer. Provided equal qualifications are demonstrated, applicants with disabilities will be preferred.


Please send all application materials as a single pdf-file via e-mail to:
referencing the subject: RTG ALOP Fast Track


For full consideration, applications must be received no later than Sunday, January 7, 2018; however, late applications will be considered until the positions are filled.


For more information see:


The Research Training Group (RTG) “Algorithmic Optimization”, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), has filled all doctoral positions at this time. 


There are several openings for student assistants (5 hours to 10 hours per week).  BSc and MSc students of mathematics at Trier University, who are interested in supporting research in the broad area of algorithmic optimization, are welcome to apply. Please contact one of the Principal Investigators of ALOP, if you are interested.