Veneto, Italy
Date Posted
30 Jul 2017

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PhD Program

Marie-Curie Fellowship for early-stage researchers

Veneto, Italy
30 Jul 2017

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Position Description

The Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics research (INFN) is the Coordinator of a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Action Innovative Training Network (MSCA ITN) titled “Advanced Multivariate Analysis for New Physics Searches at the Large Hadron Collider” (AMVA4NewPhysics). The network includes 13 other institutions:
• Beneficiary partners: Università di Padova; University of Oxford; Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas at Lisbon; Blaise Pascal University; Université Catholique de Louvain; Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications, University of Athens; Centre Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire – CERN;
• Other partners: University of California Irvine, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, B12-consulting, SDG group, Yandex, and Mathworks.
In the course of the next 12 months the beneficiary partners will be hiring ten early-stage researchers (ESR) to study the Higgs boson and search for new physics at the Large Hadron Collider, employing advanced statistical learning tools.

The Padova section of INFN offers one ESR position in the network. The selected candidate will be enrolled in the three-year Ph. D. programme offered by the Department of Physics of the University of Padova. Besides following the mandatory courses of the Ph. D. Programme, the ESR will participate in the research program of AMVA4NewPhysics, performing data analysis in collaboration with the Padova members of the CMS experiment at CERN. The research topic envisioned for the ESR, who will be hired by INFN with a 36-months full-time contract at the Padova section of INFN, focuses on the detailed study of the Higgs boson using advanced Machine Learning methods for signal extraction and measurements.
AMVA4NewPhysics foresees a very rich training programme for the ESR, which includes the participation to several international doctoral schools, workshops, and conferences, as well as visiting periods to CERN and to other European institutions belonging to the Network, plus a three-month secondment at a non-academic institution, attending to a stage centred on industry applications of Machine Learning tools.
We strongly encourage the application by female students and researchers as AMVA4NewPhysics applies affirmative-action measures to ensure gender equality in the recruitment process.

The gross salary amounts to euro 3318.37 per month; in addition, a gross mobility allowance of euro 600 per month is provided for, as well as a gross family allowance of euro 500 per month if applicable.
The cost of the doctoral courses, as well as all expenses related to travel to schools, workshops, and network-organized events, will be planned and sustained by the network. The ESR will be provided with office space at the department of Physics of the University of Padova, and access to a cluster of computers for his research work.

Eligibility criteria
There are strict eligibility requirements for the ESR positions in MSCA-ITN. Please ensure to be qualified before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered.
– Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Italy for more than 12 months in the period December 1st, 2012 to November 30th, 2015 (short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).
– Applicants should be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4 year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
– At the time of hiring applicants must have acquired an at least four years full-time university education degree in Physics, formally enabling them to embark in a doctorate program in the country where the degree was obtained or in Italy.

How to Apply

How to apply Applications must be sent by September 30th, 2015 at 17:00 central European time to the email address as follows: 1) an email with an attached zip folder including: - A signed application form filled according to the format available at (also available in Word document format at ) - A scanned copy of a valid identification document (Passport or ID card) - A detailed curriculum vitae et studiorum - A copy of education certificates and transcripts of records - A copy of the degree thesis and publications (if any), or hyperlinks to pdf files of those documents Subject of the email should be: FIRST NAME FAMILY NAME APPLICATION (e.g. “JOHN DOE APPLICATION”) The total size of emails to the above address cannot exceed 10 megabytes. ONLY IF the provided material does not fit in 10 megabytes, candidates are allowed to submit it in multiple emails. 2) Two letters of recommendation must be sent to the above address by the same deadline, in a separate email directly by the referees of choice of the candidate. Subject of the email should be: FIRST NAME FAMILY NAME LETTER OF REFERENCE (e.g. “ JOHN DOE LETTER OF REFERENCE”) Selection criteria The ESR will be selected on the basis of the following criteria (in random order): • Recommendation letters • Topic, content, and score of evaluation of the degree thesis • Curriculum of studies and research, as detailed in the application form • Publications (if any) • Colloquium Deadline and timeline 1. Complete applications must be sent by September 30th 2015 at 5PM central European time. Incomplete applications or applications sent after the above deadline will not be considered. 2. A selection board will evaluate the applications and make a pre-selection of the most promising candidates based on the requirements above 3. The preselected applicants will be contacted to arrange for a colloquium which will be held by videoconference during the first week of October 2015. 4. Candidates will be notified of their ranking on the day after the end of all scheduled colloquia. The best scoring candidate available to accept the position will be chosen. 5. The selected ESR will be required to move to Padova, Italy or its vicinities at the beginning of December 2015, to formally take service at INFN-Padova and start attending Ph. D. courses there. This is a mandatory requirement. Further information and contact For more information about the program please consult the AMVA4NewPhysics web site at . For further clarifications you may contact dr. Tommaso Dorigo at the following email address:

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