Contract type : Public service fixed-term contract
Level of qualifications required : Graduate degree or equivalent
Fonction : PhD Position
About the research centre or Inria department
The Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée center counts 37 research teams and 9 support departments. The center's staff (about 600 people including 400 Inria employees) is composed of scientists of different nationalities (250 foreigners of 50 nationalities), engineers, technicians and administrators. 1/3 of the staff are civil servants, the others are contractual. The majority of the research teams at the center are located in Sophia Antipolis and Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes. Six teams are based in Montpellier and a team is hosted by the computer science department of the University of Bologna in Italy. The Center is a member of the University and Institution Community (ComUE) "Université Côte d'Azur (UCA)".
POEMA is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (2019-2022), offering PhD positions starting from September 2019.
Its goal is to train scientists at the interplay of algebra, geometry and computer science for polynomial optimization problems and to foster scientific and technological advances, stimulating interdisciplinary and intersectoriality knowledge exchange between algebraists, geometers, computer scientists and industrial actors facing real-life optimization problems.
The network partners are:
- Inria, Sophia Antipolis, France, (Bernard Mourrain)
- CNRS, LAAS, Toulouse France (Didier Henrion)
- Sorbonne Université, Paris, France (Mohab Safey el Din)
- NWO-I/CWI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Monique Laurent)
- Univ. Tilburg, the Netherlands (Etienne de Klerk)
- Univ. Konstanz, Germany (Markus Schweighofer)
- Univ. degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (Giorgio Ottaviani)
- Univ. of Birmingham, UK (Mikal Kocvara)
- Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen, Germany (Michael Stingl)
- Univ. of Tromsoe, Norway (Cordian Riener)
- Artelys SA, Paris, France (Arnaud Renaud)
The associate partners are
- IBM Research, Ireland (Martin Mevissen)
- NAG, UK (Mike Dewar)
- RTE, France (Jean Maeght)
The proposed PhD projects are investigating the development of new algebraic and geometric methods combined with computer algebra techniques for global non-linear optimization problems and their applications, in particularly, in smarter cities challenges, urban traffic management, water network management, energy flow control, or environmental monitoring.
The available position at INRIA is:
ESR 10: Group theoretic polynomial bases for global optimization Advisor: E. Hubert (INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France)
ESR 10: Group theoretic polynomial bases for global optimization Advisor: E. Hubert (INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France);
- Master’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science or Engineering (or any equivalent diploma).
- Being motivated and self-driven, with a developed inclination for computational mathematics, both practical and theoretical.
- Courses or projects in algebraic computations, numerical analysis, algebraic geometry and/or group representations
- Fluency in English
- Subsidized meals
- Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
- Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
- Possibility of teleworking (after 6 months of employment) and flexible organization of working hours
- Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
- Social, cultural and sports events and activities
- Access to vocational training
- Social security coverage
Duration: 36 months
Location: Sophia Antipolis, France
A gross salary of 3,270 €/month, adjusted for their host country, a Mobility Allowance of 600 €/month and, for researchers who have a family, a Family Allowance of 500 €/month.
- Theme/Domain :
Algorithmics, Computer Algebra and Cryptology
Scientific computing (BAP E)
- Town/city : Sophia Antipolis
- Inria Center : CRI Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée
- Starting date : 2019-09-01
- Duration of contract : 3 years
- Deadline to apply : 2019-08-31
The keys to success
To apply for one of these PhD positions, the applicant should fulfill the following conditions:
- Have — at the date of recruitment — a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering (or any equivalent diploma).
- Should have — at the date of recruitment — less than 4 years of a research career, and not have a doctoral degree. The 4 years are measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a PhD, either in the country where the degree was obtained or in the country where the PhD is provided.
- Trans-national mobility: The applicant — at the date of recruitment — should not have resided in the country where the research training takes place for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment, and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country. For refugees under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.
- Be able to communicate fluently in English (speaking and writing). Oral interview with the prospective advisor may be required.
Note: A Master's degree (or equivalent) is not necessary at the time of the application, but will be required at the date of recruitment (in September or October).
Inria, the French national research institute for the digital sciences, promotes scientific excellence and technology transfer to maximise its impact. It employs 2,400 people. Its 200 agile project teams, generally with academic partners, involve more than 3,000 scientists in meeting the challenges of computer science and mathematics, often at the interface of other disciplines. Inria works with many companies and has assisted in the creation of over 160 startups. It strives to meet the challenges of the digital transformation of science, society and the economy.
Instruction to apply
To apply for this position, submit at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=poema1922 a single pdf document containing
- a detailed CV including education, work experience, skills, dissertations, research interests, career objectives, and — if available at the date of submission — names and contact details of two referees, that can include the supervisor of the master thesis, willing to provide confidential letters of recommendation, a list of publications if any;
- a letter of motivation regarding the position as well as the POEMA network;
- a transcript of the master studies’ grades (including the overall grade and an explanation of the grading system) and the master’s thesis if available;
- and indicate as TITLE your full name, add 3 KEYWORDS, and chose the TOPICS you are interested in (ALL, ESR1, ..., ESR15, see below).
Notice that it is possible to update the submitted document with new information before the DL.
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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