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
Applicants may also request to be considered as candidates for the PhD program
at the Department of Computer Science
University of Crete
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
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:
- ESR should not already have a PhD and they should have the
qualifications to embark on a PhD program (i.e., s/he should have an MSc by
the time of the recruitment).
- ESR should be nationals of a country other than Greece or, in case they
are Greek, they should have legally resided and have had their principal
activities (work, studies, etc.) in a country other than Greece for at least
3 out of the last 4 years, and
- ESR (regardless of their nationalities) must not have resided or carried
out their main activities (work, studies, etc.) in Greece for more than 12
months in the last 3 years.
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.
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
A researcher obtained his/her PhD after 3 ½ years. S/he is NOT eligible as an
ESR within an ITN even though s/he has less than 4 years of research experience.
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:
a very competitive monthly salary,
a yearly travel allowance (i.e., a fixed amount of money
based upon the direct distance between the location of origin of the
researcher and Heraklion, Greece, where FORTH-ICS is located),
a career exploratory allowance (i.e., a single payment for
attending job interviews, additional courses, job fairs, etc.), and
coverage of the expenses related to the participation of
the ESR in research and training activities (contribution to
research-related costs, meetings, conference attendance, training
HOW TO APPLY
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
) 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.
THE TRAINING PROCESS
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
with leading researchers in the field of concurrent computing over Europe; five
well-known universities and research institutes (listed above) participate in
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
(UK), the un Labs
Oracle, Massachusetts, and the IBM T.J.
Watson Research Center
in the US, stand at the supervisory board of
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
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.
FORTH ICS & UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
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.
provides all the required facilities for a successful career in computer
science. It is located at the relatively-new, modern building of
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
of the University of Crete
, one of
the top universities in Greece (follow the links for more information).
THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF CRETE
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two hours sailing away from the magnificent island of Santorini (Thira) in
Cyclades from which most of the Cyclades islands can be reached.
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DST 2010, by Panagiota Fatourou