Veneto, Italy
Date Posted
28 Jul 2018

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PhD Program
Unversity of Padova – Department of Statistical Sciences

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Ph.D. position in Statistical Sciences at the University of Padua

Veneto, Italy
28 Jul 2018

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Position Description

University of Padua is a beneficiary partner of a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Action Innovative Training Network (MSCA ITN) on “Advanced Multivariate Analysis for New Physics Searches at the Large Hadron Collider”(AMVA4NewPhysics). The network includes 13 other institutions:

– beneficiary partners: Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics research- INFN, PI; 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 Europeenne pour la Recherche Nucleaire – CERN;
– other parthers: University of California Irvine, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, B12-consulting, SDG group, Yandex, and Mathworks.

The network aims at developing statistical learning tools for new physics searches at the Large Hadron Collider, and it will be hiring ten early-stage researchers (ESR) for a PhD position.
University of Padua offers one PhD position in Statistical Sciences. The selected candidate will be enrolled in the three-year PhD programme offered by the Department of Statistical Sciences.
The first year of the programme is devoted to courses, both core courses on Functional Analysis, Probability Theory, Statistical Theory and Statistical Modelling as well as short, more specialised, courses on topics as: Time Series, Survival Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics, Survey Methodology, etc.
At the end of the first year, the PhD candidate will start focusing on the research program on statistical methods targeting the analysis of data from proton-proton collisions collected by the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider operating at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. The research plan includes the participation to 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.
The application of females is encouraged as AMVA4NewPhysics applies affirmative-action measures to ensure gender equality in the recruitment process.

The gross scholarship amounts to 3110 euros/month (country correction factor to be applied); in addition, a mobility allowance of euro 600/month (before taxes) is provided for, as well as a family allowance of euro 500/month (before taxes) 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.

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Position Category: Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Position Type: PhD Program.

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