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  1. CHALLENGES FACING THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES Pilot phase project of the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia, 2019-2022, supported by the Centre for Culture and Governance in Europe, University of St. Gallen CALL FOR APPLICATIONS The social sciences and humanities (SSH) in many parts of Europe have been experiencing serious difficulties over the past decades – at the level of both secondary and tertiary education, in terms of sustainable career prospects as well as growth of research opportunities. A major factor feeding into these developments is the chronic underfunding of the field – a trend common to many European states, one that follows the growing global appetite for STEM instead of SSH-oriented curricula, which in turn responds better to economic growth and labour market needs. In many countries this diminishes the incentives among students to enrol, even less pursue an academic career, in SSH, whereas in Southeast and Central Europe it boosts the rates of academic emigration instead: scholars with stronger SSH records find less and less motivation and/or enough opportunities to seek career development at home. Accordingly, the overall quality of local academic environments deteriorates, as there remain fewer professionals to contribute to its advancement. This is a vicious circle indeed: underfunding and depressed research environment lead to increased de-motivation and emigration, which affects negatively the quality of academic output, which then brings more underfunding and less incentive to pursue academic career. In brief, the social sciences and humanities are facing a complex challenge, the successful overcoming of which may be decisive for their health in the mid to long-term future. EVALUATION SYSTEMS AND POTENTIAL FLAWS This project builds on the hypothesis that the variety of local SSH evaluation systems and, most importantly, performance-based funding mechanisms harmonised with the systems in question operate as a hidden, yet very substantial, factor underlying these negative trends. Thus, very often there is a lack of sufficient separation between STEM- and SSH-related criterial sets; the overemphasis on scientometrics based on commercial services such as Scopus or Web of Science has been pushed to the limits of a significant or full exclusion of non-English language publications; functional criteria filters for publications in languages other than English or for specific academic genres (such as academic translations, critical primary source editions, etc.) may be lacking altogether. We suggest that identifying these and other potential flaws would be a major step towards improving the global health of Europe’s SSH. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS TASK, WE PROPOSE TO: Provide a detailed comparative analysis of the current evaluation policies in both minor and major non-English-speaking countries (a) such as e.g. Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Slovenia, the Baltic States, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary, as well as (b) those somewhat better positioned with regard to research funding, such as e.g. Holland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and juxtapose these with the situation in countries like Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and Spain. Identify and examine in detail the specific financial mechanisms in charge of SSH funding, i.e. the normative documents and guidelines providing strict criteria sets and/or even precise mathematical formulae used as technical means for performance-based SSH budget calculations. Align the best practices in (1) and (2) above and, hence, devise improved or alternative evaluation matrices which allow for better linguistic representation and provide appropriate quality filters for research in the field. Depending on the findings following each one of these three stages, we expect to be able to outline performance-based funding approaches which are both more balanced and healthier in view of the specifics of SSH research. PLANNED OUTCOMES Upon successful completion, the project will provide (1) a detailed web-based interactive map of SSH evaluation criteria and performance-based funding mechanisms across Europe’s non-English-speaking countries. Further on, (2) this will facilitate the completion of an extensive pack of specific policy support guidelines – ones that secure a brighter, more inclusive and fertile SSH future. On the solid basis of all this, we expect (3) to build a dynamic primary network of scholars across the Continent to facilitate, later on, the launch of a grander initiative: an EC-funded permanent European SSH Evaluation Observatory with the primary task of regularly updating the ‘map’ of SSH funding in diverse corners of Europe. We believe this will prove to be of vital benefit to research networks, teams, and institutions across the Continent. HOW TO APPLY CAS Sofia is looking for committed SSH national experts to join the team. Their primary tasks will include: Providing detailed insight into the evaluation matrices and funding mechanisms of the respective professional home country; Taking part in a series of workshops (max. twice a year over a period of three years, 2020-2022; travel and accommodation costs will be covered by CAS); Taking part in the preparation of a follow-up project for the establishment of a permanent European SSH Evaluation Observatory. If interested, please complete the APPLICATION FORM and send it along with your CV to Mr Dimiter Dimov, dimov@cas.bg , not later than 15 May 2020. https://cas.bg/en/news/call-for-applications-challenges-facing-the-future-of-ssh-1950.html
  2. Funded PhD positions are available within the framework of the Primus Research Program "Scalable and Accurate Numerical Linear Algebra for Next-Generation Hardware", led by Dr. Erin Carson at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University. Further details about the project can be found at the project website: https://www.karlin.mff.cuni.cz/~carson/primus.html. Applications are invited from candidates who have strong background in numerical linear algebra, numerical analysis, parallel computing, or computational/data science application domains. Successful candidates will formally enroll in the PhD program at Charles University. Preliminary applications are due March 22, 2020. For details on how to apply, see https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/15563
  3. Priprema za TOEFL iBT u Centru počinje u sredu, 4. marta 2020. godine i traje šest nedelja. TOEFL iBT je ispit kojim se ispituje znanje engleskog jezika za buduće studente na univerzitetima i koledžima širom sveta. Kandidate za polaganje u našem programu pripreme očekuje tri sata rada sa predavačem svake nedelje, vežbanje na časovima i kod kuće uz kombinaciju najboljeg materijala za rad na sekcijama čitanja, slušanja, govora i pisanja. Simulacije kompletnog testa sa ocenjivanjem učinka na govoru i pisanju su obezbeđene za polaznike kursa. Pre početka priprema poželjno je obaviti besplatni probni test znanja engleskog jezika. Za zakazivanje ovog testa kontaktirajte Centar tokom radnog vremena. Test traje 90 minuta i od koristi je kandidatima i predavačima da steknu uvid u nivo znanja jezika koji imaju pred sam početak priprema. Predavanja se odvijaju sredom i petkom. Cena programa iznosi 20,000 dinara. Časovi se obavljaju navedenim danima od 10:00 ili od 18:00 - sami kandidati biraju koji im termin odgovara. Prijava za pripreme obavlja se na našoj Internet stranici - https://forms.gle/yJtg8xKxHrMAkkz36 . Prijava za sam test nije obuhvaćena cenom priprema i kandidati moraju da je obave samostalno na stranici http://www.toefl.org . Molimo vas da obratite pažnju na kalendar dostupnih datuma za polaganje TOEFL-a koji se nalazi na zvaničnom sajtu testa i da se prijavite što je pre moguće pošto mesta u Beogradu i drugim gradovima Srbije mogu biti popunjena nedeljama unapred. Od početka 2020. godine novost je mogućnost polaganja testa u popodnevnim terminima na odabranim lokacijama. Pošaljite nam e-mail na office@iacbg.org ako imate pitanja o pripremama, prijavi za TOEFL ili studiranju u Americi i na drugim lokacijama širom sveta.
  4. Priprema za TOEFL iBT u Centru počinje u sredu, 4. marta 2020. godine i traje šest nedelja. TOEFL iBT je ispit kojim se ispituje znanje engleskog jezika za buduće studente na univerzitetima i koledžima širom sveta. Kandidate za polaganje u našem programu pripreme očekuje tri sata rada sa predavačem svake nedelje, vežbanje na časovima i kod kuće uz kombinaciju najboljeg materijala za rad na sekcijama čitanja, slušanja, govora i pisanja. Simulacije kompletnog testa sa ocenjivanjem učinka na govoru i pisanju su obezbeđene za polaznike kursa. Pre početka priprema poželjno je obaviti besplatni probni test znanja engleskog jezika. Za zakazivanje ovog testa kontaktirajte Centar tokom radnog vremena. Test traje 90 minuta i od koristi je kandidatima i predavačima da steknu uvid u nivo znanja jezika koji imaju pred sam početak priprema. Predavanja se odvijaju sredom i petkom. Cena programa iznosi 20,000 dinara. Časovi se obavljaju navedenim danima od 10:00 ili od 18:00 - sami kandidati biraju koji im termin odgovara. Prijava za pripreme obavlja se na našoj Internet stranici - https://forms.gle/yJtg8xKxHrMAkkz36 . Prijava za sam test nije obuhvaćena cenom priprema i kandidati moraju da je obave samostalno na stranici http://www.toefl.org . Molimo vas da obratite pažnju na kalendar dostupnih datuma za polaganje TOEFL-a koji se nalazi na zvaničnom sajtu testa i da se prijavite što je pre moguće pošto mesta u Beogradu i drugim gradovima Srbije mogu biti popunjena nedeljama unapred. Od početka 2020. godine novost je mogućnost polaganja testa u popodnevnim terminima na odabranim lokacijama. Pošaljite nam e-mail na office@iacbg.org ako imate pitanja o pripremama, prijavi za TOEFL ili studiranju u Americi i na drugim lokacijama širom sveta.
  5. Over the past four years, the Centre for Southeast European Studies and the Field of Excellence have been able to secure seven Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships. The Field of Excellence “Dimensions of Europeanization” seeks to build on this success to attract researchers for two year stays to the University of Graz. We are currently accepting applications by interested researchers who are eligible for applying. Selected applicants will be offered to attend a workshop in Graz on 18-19 May 2020 and travel costs (up to 600 Euros) to Graz, as well as consultations with potential mentors. To participate, submit a CV, a short research plan, highlighting how it links to “Dimensions of Europeanisation”, as well as the name of potential mentors to Xaver Hergenröther (xaver.hergenroether@uni-graz.at) by 1 March 2020. Further details on the Field of Excellence “Dimensions of Europeanization” are available at https://europaeisierung.uni-graz.at/ Following applicants are eligible: · Approval of a mentor at the University of Graz · Fulfillment of the eligibility criteria for an IF · You have not lived in Austria for more than 12 months in the past 3 years prior to the deadline · You are an „experienced researcher“ (PhD or at least 4 years of full time research experience) · Attendance of the workshop in Graz (May 18-19 2020) · Submission of a proposal with the University of Graz as host organization in the call of 2020 (Deadline September 2020) Be among the first 30 candidates to register for the incentive and fulfill the other requirements. MSCA – IF (https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en): •12 – 24 months • Working contract with the host institution • Extra funding for your mobility MSCA_Initiative_UNI Graz 2020.pdf
  6. Priprema za SAT, ispit potreban za upis koledža i univerziteta u Americi i na drugim lokacijama u svetu, počinje u utorak, 3. marta 2020. godine i traje osam nedelja. Ovaj termin priprema prilagođen je polaganju testa u maju 2020. godine. Tokom svake sedmice predavanja se održavaju utorkom i četvrtkom po dva sata, a u kalendar će zbog obima rada biti dodato i nekoliko termina drugim danima. Predavanja se radnim danima održavaju pre podne od 10:00 i popodne od 16:00 sati. Predavanja su potpuno ista i sami kandidati odlučuju na koji termin časova mogu da dođu. Raspored će neznatno biti promenjen tokom vaskršnjih praznika, o čemu će kandidati za pripreme biti na vreme obavešteni. Tokom priprema organizuju se simulacije testa koje će naši predavači oceniti i objasniti kandidatima koje se greške moraju ispraviti kako bi se poboljšao rezultat. Kada se pripreme završe, kandidati i dalje mogu da vežbaju kod nas bez ikakvog plaćanja i da se konsultuju sa predavačima oko delova testa koji im mogu biti problematični. Priprema košta 48,000 dinara i plaća se u dve rate. Prvi deo u iznosu od 30,000 dinara se plaća na početku, a drugi deo kada istekne prvi mesec priprema. Sam test ne ulazi u cenu priprema i mora se samostalno prijaviti na sajtu http://www.collegeboard.org i platiti kreditnom ili debitnom karticom kojom se može plaćati na Internetu. Broj mesta za testove je ograničen i savetujemo svim kandidatima da se za test prijave što je pre moguće. Za sva pitanja o registraciji za test kontaktirajte Centar tokom radnog vremena. Na časovima se obrađuju sve sekcije ispita - jezički i matematički deo i pisanje eseja. Osim rada na samim časovima, dostupna vam je biblioteka resursa Centra u kojoj možete dodatno da vežbate bez dodatne nadoknade, a predavači uvek ostavljaju dosta vežbanja koja se mogu poneti i uraditi kod kuće. Pre početka priprema potrebno je uraditi besplatni probni test znanja engleskog jezika. Zakazivanje termina probnog testa može se obaviti pozivom brojeva telefona kancelarije - 011/334 9639 i 011/334 9638. Prijava za pripremu obavlja se na našem sajtu popunjavanjem odgovarajućeg formulara na stranici https://forms.gle/yJtg8xKxHrMAkkz36 . Ako imate problema sa formularom, molimo vas da nas nazovete tokom radnog vremena ili pošaljete e-mail na office@iacbg.org .
  7. Priprema za SAT, ispit potreban za upis koledža i univerziteta u Americi i na drugim lokacijama u svetu, počinje u utorak, 3. marta 2020. godine i traje osam nedelja. Ovaj termin priprema prilagođen je polaganju testa u maju 2020. godine. Tokom svake sedmice predavanja se održavaju utorkom i četvrtkom po dva sata, a u kalendar će zbog obima rada biti dodato i nekoliko termina drugim danima. Predavanja se radnim danima održavaju pre podne od 10:00 i popodne od 16:00 sati. Predavanja su potpuno ista i sami kandidati odlučuju na koji termin časova mogu da dođu. Raspored će neznatno biti promenjen tokom vaskršnjih praznika, o čemu će kandidati za pripreme biti na vreme obavešteni. Tokom priprema organizuju se simulacije testa koje će naši predavači oceniti i objasniti kandidatima koje se greške moraju ispraviti kako bi se poboljšao rezultat. Kada se pripreme završe, kandidati i dalje mogu da vežbaju kod nas bez ikakvog plaćanja i da se konsultuju sa predavačima oko delova testa koji im mogu biti problematični. Priprema košta 48,000 dinara i plaća se u dve rate. Prvi deo u iznosu od 30,000 dinara se plaća na početku, a drugi deo kada istekne prvi mesec priprema. Sam test ne ulazi u cenu priprema i mora se samostalno prijaviti na sajtu http://www.collegeboard.org i platiti kreditnom ili debitnom karticom kojom se može plaćati na Internetu. Broj mesta za testove je ograničen i savetujemo svim kandidatima da se za test prijave što je pre moguće. Za sva pitanja o registraciji za test kontaktirajte Centar tokom radnog vremena. Na časovima se obrađuju sve sekcije ispita - jezički i matematički deo i pisanje eseja. Osim rada na samim časovima, dostupna vam je biblioteka resursa Centra u kojoj možete dodatno da vežbate bez dodatne nadoknade, a predavači uvek ostavljaju dosta vežbanja koja se mogu poneti i uraditi kod kuće. Pre početka priprema potrebno je uraditi besplatni probni test znanja engleskog jezika. Zakazivanje termina probnog testa može se obaviti pozivom brojeva telefona kancelarije - 011/334 9639 i 011/334 9638. Prijava za pripremu obavlja se na našem sajtu popunjavanjem odgovarajućeg formulara na stranici https://forms.gle/yJtg8xKxHrMAkkz36 . Ako imate problema sa formularom, molimo vas da nas nazovete tokom radnog vremena ili pošaljete e-mail na office@iacbg.org .
  8. Nova grupna priprema za GRE, ispit potreban za upis master i doktorskih studija u Americi i na drugim lokacijama u svetu, počinje u utorak, 3. marta 2020. godine i traje osam nedelja. Termini za pripremu tokom sedmice su utorak i četvrtak od 18:30 do 20:30. Rasporedom se može odrediti i nekoliko radnih subota, što će biti dostupno na kalendaru rada koji je dostupan kandidatima za pripremu neposredno pre početka kursa. Pripreme obuhvataju i jezički i matematički deo, kao i pisanje eseja, sastavnog dela testa. Kandidati dobijaju kombinovani materijal u sklopu programa instrukcija i vežbanja. U cenu pripreme uključene su i dve kompjuterske simulacije testa koje se mogu uraditi na računarima u Centru ili kod kuće. Priprema košta 48,000 dinara i može se platiti u dve rate. Prvi deo se plaća u iznosu od 30,000 dinara na početku priprema, dok se ostatak plaća na početku drugog meseca predavanja. Sam test nije uključen u cenu i kandidati ga moraju samostalno registrovati i platiti na sajtu http://www.gre.org . Test se može polagati u Beogradu po kalendaru koji je dostupan na zvaničnom sajtu tokom procesa registracije. Pre početka priprema poželjno je uraditi besplatni probni test znanja engleskog jezika. Ovaj test traje oko devedeset minuta i može se zakazati tokom radnog vremena Centra. Probni test nije potreban za one koji su obrazovanje završili na engleskom govornom području, ili su u međuvremenu polagali neki od testova engleskog jezika. Prijava za pripremu se može obaviti na našoj stranici na Internetu - https://forms.gle/yJtg8xKxHrMAkkz36 , pozivom na 011/334 9639, 011/334 9638 ili 065/3349639 tokom radnog vremena ili dolaskom kod nas u Zdravka Čelara 12, treći sprat. Za sve detalje možete nas nazvati tokom radnog vremena ili nam poslati e-mail na office@iacbg.org. Istovremeno sa pripremom, Centar nudi i savetodavne usluge za dalje školovanje u Sjedinjenim Državama i na drugim lokacijama u svetu. Kao deo mreže obrazovnih informacionih centara EducationUSA, odobrenih i podržanih od strane Biroa za obrazovne i kulturne poslove Stejt departmenta, Međunarodni akademski centar nudi široki spektar informacija za potencijalne studente osnovnih, master i doktorskih studija u Americi. Polaznicima priprema na raspolaganju su besplatni termini za savetovanja o studiranju u Americi, o čemu ćemo vas obavestiti kada krene sezona organizovanih savetodavnih seminara. Ovi termini su višestruko korisni, jer kao budući studenti imate priliku da sa savetnicima za postdiplomske studije detaljno razmotrite svoje dalje mogućnosti školovanja i finansiranja studija.
  9. Nova grupna priprema za GRE, ispit potreban za upis master i doktorskih studija u Americi i na drugim lokacijama u svetu, počinje u utorak, 3. marta 2020. godine i traje osam nedelja. Termini za pripremu tokom sedmice su utorak i četvrtak od 18:30 do 20:30. Rasporedom se može odrediti i nekoliko radnih subota, što će biti dostupno na kalendaru rada koji je dostupan kandidatima za pripremu neposredno pre početka kursa. Pripreme obuhvataju i jezički i matematički deo, kao i pisanje eseja, sastavnog dela testa. Kandidati dobijaju kombinovani materijal u sklopu programa instrukcija i vežbanja. U cenu pripreme uključene su i dve kompjuterske simulacije testa koje se mogu uraditi na računarima u Centru ili kod kuće. Priprema košta 48,000 dinara i može se platiti u dve rate. Prvi deo se plaća u iznosu od 30,000 dinara na početku priprema, dok se ostatak plaća na početku drugog meseca predavanja. Sam test nije uključen u cenu i kandidati ga moraju samostalno registrovati i platiti na sajtu www.gre.org . Test se može polagati u Beogradu po kalendaru koji je dostupan na zvaničnom sajtu tokom procesa registracije. Pre početka priprema poželjno je uraditi besplatni probni test znanja engleskog jezika. Ovaj test traje oko devedeset minuta i može se zakazati tokom radnog vremena Centra. Probni test nije potreban za one koji su obrazovanje završili na engleskom govornom području, ili su u međuvremenu polagali neki od testova engleskog jezika. Prijava za pripremu se može obaviti na našoj stranici na Internetu - https://forms.gle/yJtg8xKxHrMAkkz36 , pozivom na 011/334 9639, 011/334 9638 ili 065/3349639 tokom radnog vremena ili dolaskom kod nas u Zdravka Čelara 12, treći sprat. Za sve detalje možete nas nazvati tokom radnog vremena ili nam poslati e-mail na office@iacbg.org. Istovremeno sa pripremom, Centar nudi i savetodavne usluge za dalje školovanje u Sjedinjenim Državama i na drugim lokacijama u svetu. Kao deo mreže obrazovnih informacionih centara EducationUSA, odobrenih i podržanih od strane Biroa za obrazovne i kulturne poslove Stejt departmenta, Međunarodni akademski centar nudi široki spektar informacija za potencijalne studente osnovnih, master i doktorskih studija u Americi. Polaznicima priprema na raspolaganju su besplatni termini za savetovanja o studiranju u Americi, o čemu ćemo vas obavestiti kada krene sezona organizovanih savetodavnih seminara. Ovi termini su višestruko korisni, jer kao budući studenti imate priliku da sa savetnicima za postdiplomske studije detaljno razmotrite svoje dalje mogućnosti školovanja i finansiranja studija.
  10. The School of Sociology at University College Dublin is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for four (4) Ad Astra PhD Scholarships. First established in 1854, UCD is Ireland’s largest university with almost 30,000 students, including 10,000 graduate students. It is one of the major research-intensive universities in Europe and is ranked within the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide. Further details of the University’s profile and activities are available at http://www.ucd.ie The Ad Astra scheme involves students working under the supervision of an Ad Astra Fellow, a major recruitment initiative launched by University College Dublin. The Ad Astra Scholarships comprise an annual stipend of €18,000, as well as a full fee-waiver. There is also an allowance of up to €4,000 per annum for research costs. Scholarships are available for a period of up to 4 years, and annual renewal is subject to satisfactory progress being made. Successful applicants must meet the University’s standard PhD admission requirements and be accepted into the School of Sociology’s PhD programme. Applications are invited in the following broad areas: Human Rights, Memory and conflict, under the supervision of Dr Lea David (lea.david@ucd.ie). Start date: September 2020, or sooner if possible. The project should address one or more of the following subjects: Memory and Commemorations; Memory Politics; Conflict (any geographic area); Human Rights; Activism; Solidarity; Nationalism; Holocaust/genocide; or Ideology. The successful candidate should be proficient in the language of the area s/he is proposing to study, and have a background in sociology, anthropology or a similar field. Biography, identity and social inequality, under the supervision of Dr Marta Eichsteller (marta.eichsteller@ucd.ie). Start date: September 2020. The study should include the biography/life story research methodology, either as a single method or part of mixed method design (including either qualitative or quantitative methods). The topic is open but should link with the wider aspects of social inequalities, in either local, national or global perspective. The topic may relate to the intersections of nationality, gender, ethnicity, class and age. Islam/Muslims in Europe from a sociological or anthropological perspective, under the supervision of Dr Elisabeth Becker-Topkara (sociology@ucd.ie). Start date: September 2020, or January 2021. The choice of country/countries of focus is open provided that the successful applicant is advanced in the necessary languages. S/he should have a background in sociology, anthropology and/or religious studies and be interested in undertaking qualitative or mixed methods research. Possible areas of focus include: Islamic revivalist/piety movements; Representation of Muslim minorities; Postcolonial legacies and diversity; Islamic institutions; and Muslim leadership. Sociological Approaches to Law and Sexuality, under the supervision of Dr Alexander Kondakov (alexander.kondakov@ucd.ie). Start date: September 2020. The sphere of sexuality has been a highly regulated domain and has featured outdated criminal prohibitions of some sexual actions to more recent regulations of personal intimate relationship with the tools of marriage law. Sociological approaches at the intersection of legal and gender/sexuality studies aim at uncovering the power relations that inform, reinforce, and shape these normative enunciations. These approaches include queer criminology, law and society studies, feminist legal studies, and many others. The tools offered by these approaches make it possible to critically analyse such topics as hate crime against LGBT people, same-sex marriage arrangements, or violence in queer families, and applications are invited in these or related fields. Application details are available on the School of Sociology website: http://www.ucd.ie/sociology/study/graduateprogrammes/phdmlittinsociology/ Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant Ad Astra Fellow in the first instance to ensure that the proposed project fits within the specified area of study. For general queries about the application process, please email sociology@ucd.ie or telephone +353 (0)1 716-8674. Closing date for applications: 31 March 2020. Dr Lea David Assistant Professor Ad Astra Fellow School of Sociology UCD Newman Building, Belfield, Dublin 4
  11. The Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology is recruiting 6 PhD students in mathematics for artificial intelligence. Temporary position for 5 years Starting date: August 15, 2020 (flexible) Application deadline: March 6, 2020 Link to the announcement: https://www.chalmers.se/en/about-chalmers/Working-at-Chalmers/Vacancies/Pages/default.aspx?rmpage=job&rmjob=8281
  12. ENSTA Paris opens a faculty position in optimization, see details here (in French): https://uma.ensta-paris.fr/var/uma/trainings/2020/prof_optim_uma.pdf The position a priori requires a fairly good level of French, but excellent non-French speaking candidates will be considered. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 15, 2020.
  13. Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4 300 employees and 33 000 students have already chosen Umeå University. We welcome your application! The Department of Computing Science at Umeå University is seeking a candidate for a Ph.D. student position to work on the development of a high-performance compiler for linear algebra computations. The application deadline is February 15, 2020. The Department of Computing Science values the qualities that an even gender distribution brings to the department, and therefore we particularly encourage women to apply for the position. Research project and work description Linear algebra computations are the core of countless applications in science and engineering. Typically, the level of abstraction used to describe such computations is captured by high-level languages such as Matlab, Julia, R, and by C++ libraries such as Eigen and Armadillo. On the contrary, linear algebra libraries are developed in low-level languages such as Fortran and C, and offer relatively simple kernels such as those included in the BLAS and LAPACK libraries. The translation from a high-level computation to an efficient sequence of kernels is a challenging task that requires extensive knowledge of both linear algebra and high-performance computing. We are developing Linnea, a compiler for linear algebra; as input, Linnea takes a matrix equation, and as output, it returns code consisting of calls to kernels. In a test-suite of 125 problems, the code generated by Linnea consistently outperforms Matlab, Julia, Eigen and Armadillo. The aim of this project is to improve Linnea with respect to the following aspects. - Adoption. The goal is to make Linnea fast enough, and portable enough, to be used within other projects such as Julia, Armadillo, Eigen, NumPy. - Parallelism. The generation of code should be tailored to the number and type of resources available. Furthermore, the generation itself can be parallelized. - Tensor computations. While kernels for tensor computations exist, most programming languages offer a very limited support for tensors, and are not able to utilize such kernels. About the position The doctoral student’s main task is to devote herself/himself to her/his postgraduate education, which includes participation in research projects and postgraduate courses for a total study time of 48 months. In addition, teaching and other work at the department (up to a maximum of 20% of full time) can be included in the duties; if so, the employment as a PhD student will be prolonged accordingly. Expected starting date is 1st of May 2020 or as otherwise agreed. Admission requirements To be admitted for studies at the third-cycle level the applicant is required to have completed a second- cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications. To fulfil the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in computing science, the applicant is required to have completed courses at second-cycle level degree equivalent to 60 ECTS credits in computing science, or in a subject considered to be directly relevant for the project described above. Applicants who otherwise have acquired skills that are deemed equivalent to these are also eligible. The nature of this project is highly interdisciplinary, connecting programming languages with the domains of linear algebra and high-performance computing. The applicant needs to have advanced knowledge of both programming languages and techniques for compiler construction. The candidate is expected to be familiar with numerical linear algebra, with the functionality of BLAS and LAPACK, and with the basic concepts in high-performance computing, such as locality, intensity, efficiency, and scalability. The research will be carried out in collaboration with international researchers from different disciplines, so good collaborative skills are required, and the applicant must be able to speak and write in English fluently. The most important assessment criteria for the selection are scientific expertise and skills, suitability for the project, and documented ability to work in groups and to independently carry out work tasks. Application A complete application should be written in English or Swedish and contain the following documents: A cover letter that motivates your interest in the position and that describes how your qualifications and experience are relevant to the employment (maximum 2 A4 pages with 11pt font). Please include a discussion of your experience in the development of high-quality software related to compilers/program generation. A curriculum vitae If applicable, copy of completed BSc and/or MSc thesis and other original research publications Copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed academic courses and obtained grades Contact information for two persons willing to act as references (no reference letters) Documents must be in Word or pdf format. Applications must be submitted electronically using the e-recruitment system of Umeå University, and be received no later than February 15, 2020. Reference number: AN 2.2.1-1941-19. The procedure for recruitment for the position is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance (chapter 12, 2§) and the decision regarding the position cannot be appealed. For additional information, please contact professor Paolo Bientinesi, pauldj@cs.umu.se. We look forward to receiving your application! The Department of Computing Science is a dynamic environment with around 120 employees representing more than 20 countries worldwide. We conduct education and research on a broad range of topics in Computing Science. The department's research is internationally well-established and includes basic research, method development and software development, but also research and development in various application areas. Information about the department's research and postgraduate education can be found on our website https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-computing-science/research/ Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. Type of employment Permanent position Contract type Full time First day of employment 1st of May 2020 or as otherwise agreed Salary Monthly Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 City Umeå County Västerbottens län Country Sweden Reference number AN 2.2.1-1941-19 Contact Paolo Bientinesi, pauldj@cs.umu.se Union representative SACO, 090-786 53 65 SEKO, 090-786 52 96 ST, 090-786 54 31 Published 18.Dec.2019 Last application date 25.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET https://umu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:307611/
  14. The Department of Mathematics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU) is looking for a mathematician or theoretically interested physicist, engineer etc. (TVL-13 3/4, 24 months) within the project ``Structural changes and inactivation of enzymes during drying and particle formation of levitated droplets''. The project is in collaboration with the Institute of Pharmaceutics as well as the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at FAU and financed by the DFG. The project is concerned with modeling and developing numerical methods for the drying and particle formation of an elevated droplet due to evaporation. Qualification: - Master/Diplom or PhD in mathematics or related fields, in particular expertise in partial differential equations and numerical methods thereof, - experience or willingness to work in mathematical modeling of physical problems in continuum mechanics, - programming skills, - fluency in English, - knowledge of German is of advantage. The position is to be filled as soon as possible. The employment is limited to 24 months but may be extended depending on available funding. For Master/Diploma candidates it is expected that the candidate will do a PhD within this project. FAU is seeking to augment the number of women in research and hence encourages female scientists in particular to apply for this position. Handicapped persons will be preferred in case of equal ability and qualifications. If desired, a member of the equal opportunity office of FAU can participate in the selection process without any disadvantage for the applicant. Please submit your full applications including CV, certificates, motivation letter as pdf-files to baensch@math.fau.de (reference: evaporating droplets). Deadline for application: February, 28, 2020. The position is open until filled. Further information: Prof. Dr. Eberhard Bansch, Applied Mathematics 3 (Scientific Computing), baensch@math.fau.de.
  15. Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev is among 20 players on the late-season watch list for the Wooden Award, presented annually to the player of the year. Petrusev paces second-ranked Gonzaga in scoring (17) and rebounding (7.8). The 6-foot-11 native of Serbia is shooting 56.4% and has 24 blocks, second to Drew Timme’s 25. Petrusev made his first appearance on a Wooden Award watch list at midseason nearly a month ago. Duke, Maryland and Kansas have two players on the list. The Big Ten Conference led the way with six players. Petrusev is the lone WCC selection. Oregon’s Payton Pritchard represents the Pac-12. Duke’s Zion Williamson won the award last season. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/feb/03/gonzaga-sophomore-filip-petrusev-among-20-candidat/
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