Post-Doctoral Research Visit F/M Bridging the gap between combinatorial proof theory and subatomic proof theory

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Renewable contract : Yes

Level of qualifications required : PhD or equivalent

Fonction : Post-Doctoral Research Visit

Level of experience : Recently graduated


Every year Inria International Relations Department has a few postdoctoral positions in order to support Inria
international collaborations.

The postdoctoral contract will have a duration of 12 to 24 months. The default start date is November 1st, 2024
and not later than January 1st, 2025. The postdoctoral fellow will be recruited by the Inria Saclay Research Centre in
France but it is recommended that the time is shared between France and the UK (please note
that the postdoctoral fellow has to start his/her contract being in France and that the visits have to respect Inria
rules for missions)



Candidates for postdoctoral positions are recruited after the end of their Ph.D. or after a first post-doctoral
period: for the candidates who obtained their PhD in the Northern hemisphere, the date of the Ph.D. defense
shall be later than September 1, 2022; in the Southern hemisphere, later than April 1, 2022.
In order to encourage mobility, the postdoctoral position must take place in a scientific environment that is truly
different from the one of the Ph.D. (and, if applicable, from the position held since the Ph.D.); particular attention
is thus paid to French or international candidates who obtained their doctorate abroad.

Main activities

Proof theory is a central area of theoretical computer science, as it
can provide the foundations not only for logic programming and
functional programming, but also for the formal verification of
software. Yet, despite the crucial role played by formal proofs, we
have no proper notion of proof identity telling us when two proofs are
``the same''. This is very different from other areas of mathematics,
like group theory, where two groups are ``the same'' if they
are isomorphic, or topology, where two spaces are ``the same'' if they are

The problem is that proofs are usually presented by syntactic means,
and depending on the chosen syntactic formalism, the same proof
can look very different. This is the motivation to find ways to
describe proofs independent of the formalisms, i.e.,
canonical representations which do not rely on some particular
syntax of a chosen deductive formalism. One such presentation
is given by combinatorial proofs which represent proofs as
graphs that abstract away from the syntax of the proof rules.

Subatomic proof theory takes the opposite approach. It treats
atoms like binary connectives. This unifies the rules of inference to
a single shape, but it also introduces more syntax. This additional
syntax is helpful for studying various forms of proof normalizations,
but it is in the way for studying proof identity.

The work of the successful postdoc candidate will focus on investigating
ways to combine the advantages of combinatorial proofs and subatomic
proofs. For this the postdoc will profit from the expertise of the PARTOUT team in all areas of proof theory, in particular, in the area of the deep
deep inference formalism, which has close connections
with combinatorial proof theory and subatomic proof theory.

Benefits package

  • 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