PhD position at LSE, London (Algorithms for Network Optimization)

An opening for a 4-year PhD position is available, working with Dr Neil Olver in the Department of Mathematics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The planned projects concern fundamental mathematical aspects of algorithms and discrete optimization, with a focus on problems involving the design and utilization of networks. More details on possible topics may be found at Note that while not completely excluded, real-world applications are not a focus of this project.

The Department:
The position is in the Department of Mathematics: We have a substantial Operations Research group, focusing on theoretical problems in optimization and related areas, and with close ties to both the Game Theory and Discrete Mathematics groups.

Conditions and requirements:
The position comes with an LSE studentship. More information on funding, as well as requirements, can be found at: In addition, the position includes generous travel funding.

Application procedure:
The deadline is *April 29th*. Before making a formal application (see, we recommend potential applicants send an informal enquiry to Enfale Farooq ( as soon as possible. Informal enquiries should include a CV, unofficial transcripts, and (optionally) published papers, manuscripts, or dissertations.

The formal application requests a research proposal. For this application, this may be a short (approximately 1 page) discussion of a research problem, or more broadly a research area, that they find particularly interesting. This may relate to a topic mentioned on, or to previous work the candidate has done, or to anything else. It does not need to indicate a project of the scale needed to complete a PhD, and is primarily an opportunity to illustrate an appetite for research.

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