PhD Student in the research project 'Mixed-Integer Non-Linear Optimisation: Algorithms and Applications' (MINOA)

The research project is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network MINOA funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. The MINOA ITN is an interdisciplinary research and training network consisting of 11 academic partners and six industrial partners in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The job is a full-time PhD position (Early Stage Researcher) in the field of Mathematical Optimization. A special focus is on the development and analysis of algorithms for polynomial optimization problems. These are non-linear optimization problems, involving polynomial constraints and variables which can be binary, continuous, or non-commutative. Such problems arise in many areas in operations research, discrete optimization and quantum information. The objective is to design new methods and algorithms using combinatorial and algebraic techniques combined with linear and semidefinite optimization.

Job description
The research project is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network MINOA funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. The MINOA ITN is an interdisciplinary research and training network consisting of 11 academic partners and six industrial partners in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
The job is a full-time PhD position (Early Stage Researcher) in the field of Mathematical Optimization. A special focus is on the development and analysis of algorithms for polynomial optimization problems. These are non-linear optimization problems, involving polynomial constraints and variables which can be binary, continuous, or non-commutative. Such problems arise in many areas in operations research, discrete optimization and quantum information. The objective is to design new methods and algorithms using combinatorial and algebraic techniques combined with linear and semidefinite optimization. Applications to be investigated include combinatorial graph parameters and nonlocal games. The work will be carried out in cooperation with other research groups at CWI and other partners of the MINOA consortium, at Tilburg University and abroad.

Requirements
Candidates are required to have a Master’s degree in (applied) mathematics or a related discipline and a solid background in optimization, discrete mathematics and algebra. Preferable qualifications for candidates are software development skills and interest in the computational aspects of mathematical optimization. Candidates are expected to have proven research talent, an excellent command of English, and good academic writing and presentation skills.

Terms and conditions PhD Student
The appointment is full-time, fixed term for three years. There are strict eligibility rules associated with the recruitment of Early Stage Researchers in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks:


Career: At the time of recruitment, the applicant must hold a Master’s degree and he/she should not have been awarded a doctoral degree. He/she must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research career (after having obtained the Master’s degree).

Mobility: At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment date.

Secondments: The applicant must be prepared to be seconded for a total duration of up to five months to other network partners to carry out part of his/her research work.

Language: A good knowledge of the English language is required, fluent speaking and writing,
and it will be evaluated during the selection process.

For residents outside the EER-area, a Toefl English language test might be required.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The initial labour agreement will be for a period of 18 months. After a positive evaluation, the agreement will be extended by 18 months. The PhD student to be recruited by CWI will be employed with full social security coverage and all benefits in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks regulations of the European Union. 
The gross monthly salary, for this position on a full time basis, is € 2.672,- during the first year and increases to €2,937 over the three year period. A mobility allowance is already included, but it excludes -if applicable- a family allowance. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees. 

Please visit our website for more information about our terms of employment: 
https://www.cwi.nl/jobs/terms-of-employment

Application


For details on how to apply please see the MINOA recruitment page.
Please upload your application before 04 May 2018 online.

The planned starting date is October 1, 2018 (in any case no later than January 1, 2019).
For more information about the vacancy, please contact Prof.dr. Monique Laurent,
email monique@cwi.nl

About Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica


Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO. The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large.

CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 27 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.
CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam that is presently developing into a major location of research in the natural sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam and of the Vrije Universiteit as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.

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Research group
For more information about the Networks and Optimization research group at CWI, please visit our website at https://www.cwi.nl/research-groups/Networks-and-Optimization.