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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science at U. of Cyprus

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Originally From: "Marios D. Dikaiakos" <mdd@cs.ucy.ac.cy>

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

DEPT. OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR A MARIE CURIE POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

The Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, announces the opening of one (1) Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the area of Data Management for Large-Scale Network-centric Infrastructures, including Grid and Peer-to-Peer systems. The position is for two (2) years, starting on December 1st, 2006. Funding comes from the European Union, under the Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge (TOK) project SEARCHiN. We are primarily seeking candidates with a specialization in areas such as Semi-structured Data Management, the Semantic Web, and Metadata Information Integration. Exposure to global computing environments, network-centric systems and Grids will be considered a plus.

Requirements and Eligibility Criteria: The Research Fellow is expected to conduct original, independent research in collaboration with faculty members and other postdoctoral fellows, and to actively contribute to various academic activities (seminars, advanced courses) planned in the context of the project. Requirements for applicants are a Ph.D. in Computer Science or related field, with a total research experience of 4-10 years (including the years of Ph.D. study). The Research Fellow must be a national of a state other than the Republic of Cyprus. Furthermore, the Fellow must not have resided, worked or studied in Cyprus for more than 12 months out of the three years immediately prior to either the time of application, or the start of her work. Exceptions from the first rule may be granted for European researchers that have been working outside the EU for a long period. (For more details on the eligibility criteria see http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurie-actions/action/)

Funding: The yearly funding for fellowships will range from 48000 - 54000 euros (gross, depending on family status etc.), including monthly living allowance and mobility allowance (subject to deductions according to national laws). Other benefits included are travel and a career exploratory allowance (for stays of more than 12 months). The Fellowships are in accordance to Marie Curie rules.

Overview of the project: Recent developments in Grid Computing, the World-Wide Web, and Global Computing are turning the Internet into a network-centric computing infrastructure whose scope, scale, and user-base grow at an impressive pace. As this infrastructure moves into the mainstream of scientific and technological activity, it becomes the prevalent medium for scientific work, for multi-disciplinary scientific collaboration, and for decision support in an ever-increasing number of scientific, engineering, and societal sectors. In this context, enormous amounts of data are being generated and stored, creating a "deep Web" of data and metadata. Consequently, the management of data is becoming a major challenge for the successful operation and use, and the continuous growth of the infrastructure. In particular, searching appears as an indispensable tool for discovering information and knowledge regarding available resources, capabilities, services, and data. The successful paradigm of searching for textual information on the Web cannot be applied directly to support searching within the "deep Web." Therefore, the searching problem needs to be addressed in a different context, and search needs to become an integral part of future infrastructures. In the SEARCHiN project (SEARCHing In a Networked world), we plan to combine methods from parallel and distributed computing, meta-data management, information retrieval, and the semantic Web in order to achieve the scientific and technological advances necessary to bring the simplicity and effectiveness of Web search right at the core of future global, network-centric computing systems.

Host institution: The project is operated by the High-Performance Computing Systems Laboratory (HPCL) of the Computer Science Department at the University of Cyprus. The Laboratory is a member of the CoreGRID European Research Network of Excellence in Grid and Peer-to-Peer Technologies and operates the Cypriot node of the EGEE Grid infrastructure. More information on HPCL can be found under http://grid.ucy.ac.cy. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with a dynamic faculty team having a distinguished track record of previous research, a strong network of international collaborators at leading institutions in Europe and the United States, access to state-of-the-art in-house computational resources and to major international network-centric infrastructures, such as EGEE and PlanetLab. International partners in the SEARCHiN program include the University of Athens, Greece and the University of Manchester, UK.

Inquiries: Interested candidates should contact Dr. Marios Dikaiakos (mdd@cs.ucy.ac.cy). Please supply a cover letter with expression of interest and availability, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of at least two (2) references (position code: ER1-MTKD-CT-2006-042467).


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