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06902 Sophia Antipolis

Call for applications to 15 open PhD positions in the EU Marie Curie Innovative Training Network POEMA: Polynomial Optimization, Efficiency through Moments and Algebra.

The POEMA (Polynomial Optimization, Efficiency through Moments and Algebra) consortium is seeking highly motivated and qualified Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) for 15 open PhD positions. The goal of the POEMA consortium 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 knowledge exchange between algebraists, geometers, computer scientists and industrial actors facing real-life optimization problems.

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, environmental monitoring, or natural sciences.

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)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhDs are paid a competitive 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.

Details about the POEMA consortium, about the profiles of the available PhD positions and about how to apply can be found at the following links:

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019, and the positions are expected to start from September-October 2019.

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Mr. Bernard Mourrain