Saturday, March 16, 2019

[DMANET] Open PhD positions on leveraging machine-learning to scale combinatorial optimization algorithms

There are open PhD positions available for a project on leveraging machine
learning to scale-up combinatorial optimization algorithms. This project is
at the intersection of algorithm design, algorithm engineering,
combinatorial optimization and machine learning.

The successful candidate will get to apply with me ( as a supervisor for a
scholarship from the School of Computer Science at University College
Dublin (UCD). Awardees will receive a tax-free scholarship of 18,000€/year,
plus payment of Ph.D. fees at EU levels, and an allowance of 1,500€ for a
PC. The scholarship will run for up to 4 years, conditional to satisfactory
progress, to be evaluated before the end of year 2.

Candidates must have a first class or upper second-class honors primary
degree, or equivalent. If final degree results are not known at the moment
of application, offers may be provisionally made, conditional to
confirmation of results. Candidates should have good written and spoken
skills. Candidates with excellent grades in algorithms and data-structures,
machine learning and scalable algorithms or prior research experience in
these areas will be preferred. Scholarships are to start in the
2019/20 Academic year, preferably by October 1st, 2019.

The Ph.D. student will be exposed to world-class research in machine
learning through close proximity to a large cluster of researchers at the
Insight Centre for Machine Learning and ML-Labs Centre for Research
Training in Machine Learning. The student will be expected to publish in
top-tier conferences and journals in the areas of algorithms and machine

*About UCD*: University College Dublin ranks within top 1% of higher
education institutions world-wide. As an internationally recognized and
research-driven University, University College Dublin attracts talented
students from around the world. It has a beautiful woodland campus spread
across 133 hectares.

To apply, please send your CV (with a list of publications if any, list of
university grades and email addresses of two references) to

Deepak Ajwani

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