Postdoc at INRIA-ENS Paris on Graphs, Algorithms and Probability

Applications are invited for a Postdoc position (full-time, up to 2 years) at INRIA-ENS in Paris. The position is funded by the ANR GAP grant “Graphs, Algorithms and Probability.”

Requirements are a PhD degree in Computer Science or Mathematics and a strong background in some of the following topics:

  • discrete probability
  • statistical learning
  • combinatorial optimization
  • stochastic networks

Applications must include a research statement, a CV and the names and contacts of references. All material should be sent by email to Marc Lelarge. Please indicate in the subject POSTDOC GAP.

Important dates:

  • Intention of application (short email): as soon as possible
  • Deadline for application: December 1st, 2013
  • Suggested starting dates: Jan.-Feb. 2014

Postdoc opening at UCSB

There’s an opening in Professor Madhow’s group at UC Santa Barbara:

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in communications/signal processing/controls who is interested in applying these skills to a varied set of problems arising from a number of projects. These include hardware-adapted signal processing for communications and radar, neuro-inspired signal processing architectures, and inference in online social networks. In particular, familiarity with Bayesian inference is highly desirable, even if that is not the primary research area for his/her PhD. There are also opportunities to work on problems in next generation communication systems, including millimeter wave networking and distributed communication. While the researcher will be affiliated with Prof. Madhow’s group in the ECE Department at UCSB, depending on the problem(s) chosen, he/she may need to interact with faculty collaborators in other disciplines such as circuits, controls, computer science and neuroscience, as well as with colleagues with expertise in signal processing and communications. Thus, in addition to technical depth and talent, a flexible attitude and openness to interdisciplinary collaboration is essential.

Interested candidates should send a brief statement of research experience and interests and a CV (including the names and contact info for at least three references) to Prof. Upamanyu Madhow.

Postdoc position at KTH

(via David Tse)

The School of Electrical Engineering and the ACCESS Linnaeus Center at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, are pleased to announce post-doctoral positions in information and communication theory.

The ability and interest to work across traditional disciplines and to initiate new research collaborations are essential. Candidates should have a PhD (or be near completion) in a relevant field and a strong research and publication record. The duration of the position is 12 months which may be extended by an additional 12 months. The starting date is during fall or winter of 2013.

Candidates interested in a position should send their application material (as a single pdf file) to: openpos-commth@ee.kth.se and 0129@ee.kth.se no later than 20 April 2013. Position reference number E-2013-0129. Write this reference number on your application. The application can include any material that supports the candidate’s qualifications, but as a minimum it should include a CV, contact information of two reference persons, a full list of publications, a brief research statement, and information about academic track record and performance. Do not send any compressed files. Female candidates are explicitly invited to apply.

Sincerely
Mikael Skoglund and Lars K. Rasmussen
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

The KTH School of Electrical Engineering
The ACCESS Center
The KTH EE Communication Theory Lab

CRA Best Practices on Mentoring Postdocs

I just got the CRA newsletter, and it had a link to a document on best practices for mentoring postdocs:

… data from the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) annual Taulbee Survey indicate that the numbers of recent Ph.D.s pursuing postdocs following graduate school soared from 60 in 1998 to 249 in 2011 (three-year rolling averages), an increase of 315 percent during this period. Because research organizations are suddenly channeling many more young researchers into these positions, it is incumbent upon us as a community to have a clear understanding of the best practices associated with pursuing, hosting, and nurturing postdocs.

I think you’d find the same numbers in EE as well. This report relies a fair bit on the National Academies report, which is a little out of date and I thought very skewed towards those in the sciences. Engineering is a different beast (and perhaps computer science an even more different beast), so I think that while there are some universal issues, the emphasis and importance of different aspects varies across fields quite a bit. For example, the NA report focuses quite a bit on fairness in recruiting which are predicated on the postdoc being a “normal” thing to do. By contrast, in many engineering fields postdoc positions are relatively new and there’s an opportunity to define what the position means and what it is for (i.e. not a person you can pay cheaply to supervise your graduate students for you).

Anyway, it’s worth reading!

unfair labor practices and the UC postdoc union

The University of California (UC) postdocs are trying to form a union to (among other things) get a uniform contract, workplace protections, etc. The UC administration has (true to form) stalled on giving information for negotiations. Congressman George Miller sent a rather strongly worded letter to Yudof after a congressional hearing was was held in Berkeley. More recently the union filed an unfair labor practices charge with the California Public Employment Relations Board.

Beryl Benderly has been covering this story for Science Magazine – links to some of her posts are above.