Friday, May 1, 2015

[DMANET] PhD position Computational Optimization

The Computer Science Institute of the University of Tartu,
Estonia, is looking to fill a

PhD-Position in Computational Optimization.

The work environment is multi-national. The language of
instruction and communication is English.

The PhD project consists in developing a software for the
solution of a certain type of constrained optimization
problems, and to apply it to problems in neuro science and
data mining (in Tartu). Moreover, the candidate will apply
discrete optimization in some other, short term projects.

The position also entails the following duties:

- write down intermediate findings in papers for
publication in conferences and/or journals;
- teach 2h per term week (32 term weeks per year) in
courses on algorithms and optimization.

The 4-year PhD program requires to complete a certain amount
(60 ECTS) of course work.

The after tax monthly salary is 1100 Euros (34% above the
average Estonian net income) in the 8 teaching months; 1000
Euros in the 4 non-teaching months.

The successful candidate will
- have an excellent command of the English language (spoken
& written);
- have excellent coding skills in C/C++;
- have good background in each of: Discrete Optimization,
Linear Programming, Non-Linear Optimization;
- hold a Masters degree (or equivalent), or be in the
process of acquiring one.

Deadline for the formal online application is June 3rd
(, but if
you are interested, GET IN TOUCH with your would-be

Dr Dirk Oliver Theis
Associate Professor
University of Tartu

See below for more information about Estonia, Tartu, the
University of Tartu, and the CS institute.


Estonia is a Euro-zone country located directly south of
Finland. It has about 10% more average annual sunshine
hours than Berlin, and 18% more than Cologne. (It's because
the sky's blue most of the time.)

Estonia is an ``E-Society'': Broadband Internet is fast and
inexpensive or free, public WiFi is ubiquitous. The country
scores 1st in the world in Internet Freedom and 5th in
Privacy. It is ranked directly behind Germany in the
``State of the World's Children's Index'' (10th). In the
Human-Development index, it scores between the UK and
Portugal. See Wikipedia for these and other statistical

Since most Estonians speak English, it is not necessary to
learn Estonian. The language is similar to Finnish and


Tartu is a picturesque city in southern Estonia. Home to
17,000 students (in a population of 105,000), there are lots
of inexpensive restaurants, bars, and cafés.

University of Tartu

Founded in 1632, ``Universitas Tartuensis'' is one of the
most venerable centers of education and research in this
part of the world. In rankings, it is ranked in the top 400
universities world wide, with a rapid ascent over the recent

The CS institute

A significant number of the Computer Science institute
faculty are expatriates, the ratio is even higher for PhD
students. Next to Combinatorial Optimization, which is part
of Theoretical Computer Science, the strong subjects are
Bioinformatics, Data Mining, Neuro Science, and Scientific

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