The IRIDIA (Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires et de Développements en Intelligence Artificielle- http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/) research group at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) has been nominated by the European Commission to act as a Host Institution for Marie Curie Early Stage Research Training (EST) Fellowships. Subject to final budget approval by the Commission, IRIDIA-ULB plans to offer a number of long-term 'Ph.D. grants' (3 years) and short term 'Visiting Fellowships' (from 6 to 12 months) with a starting date in April 2004.
The COMP2SYS (COMPutational intelligence methods for COMPlex SYStems) Early Stage Training project focuses on the training of early stage researchers to the use of Computational Intelligence techniques for the treatment of complex systems in science and engineering. The programme aims at developing the knowledge and skills necessary to solve complex problems using the powerful emergent methods and tools of Computational Intelligence.
The COMP2SYS programme will focus on five main research topics:
The COMP2SYS training programme will interest two profiles of early stage researchers:
Grant holders: they will spend a research period of 3 years at ULB-IRIDIA. They are expected to enroll as doctoral students in the doctoral program of ULB.
Young visiting scientists: typically they are doctoral students of other universities who are pursuing their doctorate on a topic related to Computational Intelligence. Occasionally they can be early stage researchers in companies research labs. Their typical stay at ULB-IRIDIA will last for a period of time ranging from 6 to 12 months. Shorter visits, 3 to 6 months, might occasionally be considered.
The training programme will cover the foundations of Computational Intelligence techniques, their practical implementation as computing tools and their real-world application to many areas of strategic importance in the fields of business, finance, management, commerce, engineering, healthcare and the environment. The strength of the training method resides in its specific focus on state-of-the-art Computational Intelligence techniques and on the substantial research expertise of the staff involved, with respect to both the fundamental aspects of the technologies and their industrial application.
Through the national and international research activities of the training team in this fast-developing field, students will be exposed to the most up-to-date knowledge available. Through the close interaction of the team with industry, students will be made fully aware of the opportunities and problems in bringing these technologies to bear on practical problems and in fully integrating them into industrial and business processes.
The COMP2SYS training staff will be composed of the following senior scientists:
EST researchers refers to researchers at the beginning of their research career with a degree that entitles to embark on Ph.D. studies and less than four years' active research experience (e.g. researchers undertaking a doctoral degree).
Eligibility conditions are restricted, so please carefully check these before contacting IRIDIA-ULB. Please refer to the following Marie-Curie website:
Interested applicants should send as soon as possible an email to the EST Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with
We explicitly encourage women to apply for our advertised positions, including those returning to work and/or those with flexible working needs. We guarantee that the selection process will give equal opportunities to female and male applicants and that regarding salary, promotions, career development and all other aspects of employment, equal opportunities shall be vigorously pursued. NB: mobility allowances for employees with dependants may be higher.
Application DEADLINE: Position will be filled as adequate candidate will become available. However, we suggest to apply before 30th July 2004.
General information about the allowances of appointed EST researchers (salary, living allowances, travel expenses) can be found here.