Serte Donderwinkel

I am a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University and I am part of the research group of Prof. Louigi Addario-Berry. I am funded by a CRM-ISM Postdoctoral Fellowship. I completed my PhD at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Christina Goldschmidt, where I was also a Stipendiary Lecturer at St. Hugh's College. In 2024, I will start a tenure track at the University of Groningen in the research group of Prof. Tobias Müller. I will also be affiliated with the CogniGron. 

My research is in discrete probability. The common denominator of my projects is that they involve creative sampling procedures that, combined with tools from (stochastic) analysis, allow me to study the large-scale structure of the random tree or graph. No matter whether I am obtaining a large deviations principle, solving a counting problem with the probabilistic method or proving a metric space scaling limit, I always devote most attention to finding a smart way of sampling that unlocks the result that I am after. This approach has allowed me and my coauthors to answer questions in both discrete probability and probabilistic combinatorics, asked by for example Svante Janson, Alex Scott, Colin McDiarmid, Gordon Royle and Paul Erdős. Currently, I am mostly thinking about a fun model for recursive random trees, the metric space scaling limit of a couple of random tree models, the enumeration of score sequences of tournaments and a large deviations principle for random trees.


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I will be recruiting a PhD student to start in 2024 or early 2025. Do you want to work on discrete probability and do you want to live in one of the best small cities in the world? Or do you know someone suitable? Don't hesitate to get in touch!

(I also like to work with people without employing them so if the above does not apply to you, you can still reach out!)


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