Tuesday, July 30, 2013

[DMANET] Postdoctoral Associate- Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Postdoctoral Associate
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is a private, not-for-profit,
independent, graduate-level, research-driven institute developed with the support and cooperation of the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT). The goal of the Institute is to develop, over a period of years, indigenous R&D capacity in Abu Dhabi,
addressing issues of importance to the region in critical areas such as: renewable energy, sustainability, environment, water resources
and microelectronics. The Institute offers graduate degree programs (MSc & PhD) in science and engineering disciplines with
a focus on advanced energy and sustainable technologies (http://www.masdar.ac.ae and http://web.mit.edu/mit-tdp/www/).

Position description: This postdoctoral research position is funded through a joint research project performed by MI and MIT
faculty and research staff on the topic of systemic risk in new-age power systems. This is an interdisciplinary project among
researchers from Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The objective of this project is to develop
a secure system architecture and the associated communication, control, pricing, and market mechanisms for efficient, robust, and
resilient operation of power systems and energy networks. The appointment is expected to start from January 1, 2014. The initial
appointment will be for 1 year but it can be extended up to 2.5 years depending on the availability of funding and the candidate's
performance. The official appointment of the position is with MI, but there is a possibility for the successful candidate to spend
some time working on the project at MIT.

Salary range: USD 70,000 to USD 75,000 per annum (the UAE has no income tax).

Selection criteria: The applicant should meet the following criteria:
- PhD in Computer Science or a related field. Candidates who have submitted their PhD thesis are also welcome.
- Strong research background as indicated by a strong publication record. The candidate is expected to have published
in top journals and conferences in their research field.
- Strong background in at least one of the following topics: algorithmic game theory, approximation algorithms, control theory,
mathematical programming, and multi-agent systems. Knowledge of power engineering is a plus.

How to apply: Interested candidates should send their CV and research statement tailored to the research topic specified
above to Dr. Khaled Elbassioni and Dr. Jacob Crandall (email: kelbassioni@masdar.ac.ae and jcrandall@masdar.ac.ae).
Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

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