Marie Curie Initial Training Networks

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Universitat de Barcelona announces the availability of one Marie-Curie experienced researcher position in Online Social Networking technologies with a focus on structure and evolution of social networks and their navigability properties (code: iSocial-UB-ER4).

The position is for 18 months, starting in early 2015. The position is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) program iSocial, which focuses on the design of distributed and scalable overlay networking and distributed storage infrastructures for open online social networks and for innovative social network applications that preserve end-user privacy and information ownership. The main objective of the iSocial Initial Training Network is to provide world class training for a next generation of researchers, computer scientists, and Web engineers, emphasizing on a strong combination of advanced understanding in both theoretical and experimental approaches, methodologies and tools that are required to develop Decentralized Online Social Networking platforms.

For more information please contact Prof. Marián Boguñá (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. M. Ángeles Serrano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Requirements, Eligibility Criteria and Funding

Successful candidates are expected to conduct original research in collaboration with the principal investigators of iSocial at UB, Marián Boguñá and M. Ángeles Serrano, and to contribute actively to the activities planned of the project (scientific publications, participation to meetings and events, secondments, preparation of educational material, and online courses, student advising, project management and coordination, etc.).

We seek candidates with experience and research interests in one or more of the following topics: complex networks, complex systems, computational physics, or related areas. Preference will be given to highly motivated candidates with strong programming and analytical skills, excellent knowledge of English, and a proven commitment to their research career.

Eligible applicants are researchers who, at the time of recruitment are:

1) in possession of a doctoral degree and

 2) have less than five (5) years of full-time research experience, counted from the diploma that gives the rights to embark in a doctoral degree.

3) At the time of recruitment by the Universitat de Barcelona, experienced researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment.

Marie Curie fellows enjoy good salaries and working conditions, career development opportunities and work-life balance. The yearly salary of a PostDoc researcher under Marie Curie iSocial ITN scheme at UB is expected to be approximately 38,000 Euros before taxes plus mobility allowance. Marie Curie fellows will also get coverage for expenses related to the participation in research and training activities (contribution to research-related costs, meetings, conference attendance, training actions, etc). We especially encourage women researchers to apply for the aforementioned position.


To communicate your expression of interest, please fill in the application form (doc, pdf) and send it together with your curriculum vitae and two recommendation letters by email to Marián Boguñá (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). While expressions of interest are accepted on a continuous basis, applications received by Dec 24, 2014 will be considered in the first evaluation cycle. The decisions are expected to be reached by the end of Jan 2015.

The iSocial ITN has started in October 2012 and will finish in September 2016. The following institutions participate in the iSocial ITN: Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (asst. prof. S. Girdzijauskas, prof. S. Haridi); Univ. of Cyprus (prof. M. Dikaiakos); Univ. of Insubria, Italy (prof. E. Ferrari); ICS/FORTH, Greece (prof. E. Markatos); Univ. of Barcelona (prof. M. Boguñá); IBM Israel (Dr. E. Dekel); Peerialism, Sweden (Dr. S. El-Ansary), and a number of associated research and industrial partners (IMIS/ATHENA, Greece; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; TELEFONICA TID, Spain; FORTHNET, Greece; FMT Worldwide, Cyprus/Australia;, Cyprus/USA).