Job Opening for Two Marie-Curie Early-Stage-Researcher Positions

Two Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions are available at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS), Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece. These positions
are funded by the European Commission under the Marie Curie Initial Training Network Programme (project TransForm).

We address (pre-PhD) researchers with an MSc aiming at significantly improving their career perspectives from both the PUBLIC and PRIVATE sector.

The duration of the appointment is 3 years with a possibility of extension funded from other sources. Applications for smaller periods will also be considered.
Applicants may also request to be considered as candidates for the PhD program at the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete, Greece.

The ESR will pursue research on the general area of concurrent computing and in particular on the Theoretical Foundations of Transactional Memory.

Multicore architectures have come to stay; yet multicore is useless without concurrent programming. The current parallel programming approach of employing locks is widely considered to be too difficult for any but a few experts. Transactional Memory (TM) is a new programming paradigm which is considered by many researchers as the future of parallel programming. To understand properly TM systems as well as be able to assess them and improve them, a rigorous theoretical study of the approach, its challenges and its benefits is badly needed. This is the challenging research goal to be undertaken by the recruited ESRs.

The recruited ESR will work in close collaboration with the other academic partners of the project:
and with the possibility of collaboration with researchers from the industry:

The recruited researchers should be, at the time of selection, in the first four years of their research careers (measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate). Also:

Eligibility Examples
Example A:
A researcher has already been working as a researcher in industry for two years since graduating with his/her first degree in computer science. S/he would be able to benefit from participation in an ITN as an ESR even without
pursuing a Ph.D. degree.

Example B:
A researcher has graduated with his/her MSc degree in computer science in 2007 and would like to start his/her Ph.D. studies in 2010. S/he is eligible as an ESR within the ITN as s/he has less than 4 years of research experience and no PhD.

Example C:
A researcher obtained his/her PhD after 3 years. S/he is NOT eligible as an ESR within an ITN even though s/he has less than 4 years of research experience.
Example D:
A Greek researcher who has spent at least 3 out of the last 4 years in a third country (e.g., who has done his/her BSc and/or MSc in the US, Canada or any country other than Greece) can be recruited as an ESR at FORTH-ICS.


The positions are open until appropriate candidates are found. The next cut-off date is July 25, 2010.


Marie Curie fellows enjoy good salaries and working conditions, career development opportunities and work-life balance. More specifically, the financial support of Marie Curie ITN to the ESR includes:
Please send an e-mail to containing your curriculum vitae. Then, she will contact you asking for more documents if required.

FORTH is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Panagiota Fatourou (the coordinator of TransForm) is a woman, as well as half of the project researchers. This identifies the extra sensitivity of TransForm to gender equality issues; all possible efforts will be made to increase participation of women researchers in the project.

TransForm aims at improving the career perspectives of researchers by offering structured training in the challenging research area of Transactional Memory, as well as providing complementary skills and exposing the researchers to other sectors including private companies. More specifically, the ESRs will work in close collaboration
with leading researchers in the field of concurrent computing over Europe; five well-known universities and research institutes (listed above) participate in the project.
Strong collaboration among the research teams is a must for Marie-Curie Initial Training Netowrks and the ESRs will have the opportunity of visits and secondments to the institutions of the other partners of the network.

Additionally, the ESRs will be given the opportunity to come in touch with strong industrial partners since researchers from well-known companies, like Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Microsoft Research, Cambridge (UK), the un Labs, Oracle, Massachusetts, and the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in the US, stand at the supervisory board of the project.

Training also includes network-wide training activities with the long-term goal of providing a full-power training to the ESRs. Examples of such activities are the attendance
of workshops and summer schools, courses that provide complementary training (such as project management, presentation skills, language courses, ethics, IPR, communication, etc.), involvement in the organisation of network activities, and other aspects such as proposal writing, task co-ordination, etc.
The Institute of Computer Science (ICS) is one of the leading research centres in Greece with well-organized facilities and highly qualified staff. It has an internationally acknowledged reputation in conducting basic and applied research, developing applications and products, and providing services. It has strong international collaborations, and has formed several alliances with industrial partners both inside Greece and internationally.

FORTH ICS provides all the required facilities for a successful career in computer science. It is located at the relatively-new, modern building of FORTH which provides all required infrastructure. Some of its facilities include several computer labs, fully equipped seminar halls, access to auditorium, and a library with a rich collection to support the research and educational needs of the project.

ESRs that envision a PhD in computer science,  will have to follow the PhD mechanisms of the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete, one of the top universities in Greece (follow the links for more information).


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Last Modified: Fri, July 5, 1:45:30 EET DST 2010, by Panagiota Fatourou