Contract type : Public service fixed-term contract
Level of qualifications required : PhD or equivalent
Fonction : Post-Doctoral Research Visit
Level of experience : Up to 3 years
About the research centre or Inria department
The Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique center is one of Inria's eight centers and has more than thirty research teams. The Inria Center is a major and recognized player in the field of digital sciences. It is at the heart of a rich R&D and innovation ecosystem: highly innovative PMEs, large industrial groups, competitiveness clusters, research and higher education players, laboratories of excellence, technological research institute, etc.
The WIDE team is recruiting a post-doctoral researcher for a duration of 18 months, with an immediate starting date.
The project Web of Browser aims at exploring the construction of a decentralized and browser-based web. This objective stems from the observation that browsers have become the most widely deployed execution environments in the world. Initially only designed to display HTML pages, they have evolved into comprehensive runtime platforms able to execute complex local code, interact with humans, and with remote web services. The recent introduction of WebRTC has further extended the capability of browsers by introducing support for browser-to-browser communication. This turns browsers into a decentralized execution environment where interactions between human and web services are enabled without third party.
The objective of this post-doctoral project is to explore the programmability of browsers as the building block of a decentralized web. We would in particular like to develop a framework for emergent localities on the basis of our existing work, i.e. allow practionners to easily construct advanced decentralized services by assembling simpler and composable distributed bricks. The postdoc offers scope for both algorithmic and experimental developmental work, notably in the domains of information discovery, routing, and coordination.
The project holds potential for strong synergies with related on-going projects running in the WIDE group, notably on private decentralized aggregation, privacy-preserving decentralized learning, and browser-fingerprinting anonymization.
The successful candidate will engage in explorative scientific research in the field of decentralized systems and algorithms, with focus on browser-based deployment and application.
- Ability to conduct research autonomously in a collaborative setting.
- Self-initiative, curiosity and experimental rigor.
- Excellent ability to express oneself clearly and convincingly in both in written and oral English.
- A genuine drive to expand one's knowledge and horizons.
- Excellent experimental and programming skills.
- A good grasp of current research questions in distributed systems and/or distributed algorithms research.
- Subsidised catering service
- Partially-reimbursed public transport
- Social security
- Paid leave
- Flexible working hours
- Sports facilities
- Theme/Domain :
Distributed Systems and middleware
System & Networks (BAP E)
- Town/city : Rennes
- Inria Center : CRI Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique
- Starting date : 2018-06-01
- Duration of contract : 1 year, 6 months
- Deadline to apply : 2018-10-30
The keys to success
The recruited post-doctoral researcher should hold a PhD in Computer Science, with ideally a focus on large distributed computer systems and web technologies. The candidate should be a driven and creative individual, with an interest in innovative and paradigm changing technologies.
Due to funding conditions, the offer is limited to candidates who have spent at least 12 months outside of France over the last 3 years.
Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, promotes “scientific excellence for technology transfer and society”. Graduates from the world’s top universities, Inria's 2,700 employees rise to the challenges of digital sciences. With its open, agile model, Inria is able to explore original approaches with its partners in industry and academia and provide an efficient response to the multidisciplinary and application challenges of the digital transformation. Inria is the source of many innovations that add value and create jobs.
Conditions for application
What to include in your application
Applicants should apply, in the first instance, by submitting
- a CV (up to two A4 pages),
- a short statement outlining their research interests and motivation (up to half an A4 page),
- and the names and addresses of at least two academic referees.
Defence Security :
This position is likely to be situated in a restricted area (ZRR), as defined in Decree No. 2011-1425 relating to the protection of national scientific and technical potential (PPST).Authorisation to enter an area is granted by the director of the unit, following a favourable Ministerial decision, as defined in the decree of 3 July 2012 relating to the PPST. An unfavourable Ministerial decision in respect of a position situated in a ZRR would result in the cancellation of the appointment.
Recruitment Policy :
As part of its diversity policy, all Inria positions are accessible to people with disabilities.
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