Marie Curie Initial Training Networks



Universitat de Barcelona announces the availability of one Marie-Curie Ph.D. Fellowship Position for an Early-stage researcher in Online Social Networking technologies with a focus on structure and evolution of social networks (code: iSocial-UB-ESR9).
The position is for three (3) years, starting in early 2013. 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
Requirements, Eligibility Criteria and Funding
Successful candidates are expected to join the Ph.D. program of the Universitat de Barcelona, to conduct original research in collaboration with the principal investigators of iSocial, and to contribute actively to the activities planned of the project (scientific publications, taking courses, secondments, participation to meetings and events, preparation of educational material, coordination of work, 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 (for non-native speakers required to take TOFEL or equivalent test), and a proven commitment to their studies. Eligible applicants are required to have completed a higher education degree in physics, mathematics, computer science, or any closely related discipline in the M.Sc. level of the European LMD system (300 ECTS credits), or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university. The applicants must have less than 4 years of full-time research experience after obtaining their degree. At the time of recruitment by the Universitat de Barcelona, early-stage 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 reference date.
Conditional acceptance
Students in their final year of Master education may also apply and if qualified, receive a conditional offer. If the applicant has not completed her/his studies, she/he should include a written statement from the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that she/he is enrolled on the final year of her/his education and stating the expected completion date. If the applicant receives a conditional offer, the candidate should present the degree certificate to the Admissions Office before enrolment.
Marie Curie fellows enjoy good salaries and working conditions, career development opportunities and work-life balance. We especially encourage women researchers to apply for the aforementioned position. The monthly salary of a PhD student under Marie Curie iSocial ITN scheme at UB is approximately 2200€ per month before taxes plus mobility allowance depending on the family status. 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.).
To communicate your expression of interest, please fill in the application form (doc, pdf) and send it together with your curriculum vitae, two (2) references, transcript of the grades (original and in English),  by email to "openings (at)". Please put in the subject line the code of the position of your first preference. While expressions of interest are accepted on a continuous basis, applications received by Dec 01, 2012 will be considered in the first evaluation cycle. The decisions are expected to be reached by the end of Jan 2013.
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).