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Postdoc Positions in Computer Science at Lund University

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in computer science to join Lund University, Sweden. The funds for this fellowship are available for 2 years. The deadline to apply is February 10, 2020.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Subject description

Post-doctoral positions in Computer Science Focused on SAT Solving and Combinatorial Optimization. The postdoctoral researchers will be working in the research group of JakobNordstrm. Much of the activities of this research group revolve around the themes of efficient algorithms for satisfiability in propositional logic (SAT solving) and lower bounds on the efficiency of methods for reasoning about SAT (proof complexity). On the practical side, one problem of interest is to gain a better understanding of, and improve, the performance of current state-of-the-art SAT solvers based on conflict-driven clause learning (CDCL). We are even more interested in exploring new algebraic or geometric techniques (such as Grbner bases or pseudo-Boolean solving) that could potentially yield exponential improvements over CDCL. We also believe that there should be ample room for technology transfer with related areas such as SMT solving, constraint programming (CP), and/or mixed integer linear programming (MIP), and so excellent researchers in these areas are also warmly welcome to apply.

Work duties

The main duties involved in a postdoctoral position is to conduct research, and withing the overall framework sketched above the postdocs will be expected and encouraged to contribute to and influence the research agenda. Taking part in teaching graduate seminar courses is encouraged but not required. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. Travel funding is included, and the group also receives short-term and long-term visitors on a regular basis.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have a PhD degree in a subject relevant for the research area, normally completed no more than three years before the application deadline date.

The applicant should have a passionate interest in research. The successful candidate is expected to have a solid background in computer science in general and SAT solving or neighbouring areas in particular, and preferably also mathematics, and should have a strong research record as witnessed by publications in conferences such as AAAI, IJCAI, SAT, CP, or similar, or in journals of a comparable quality. Problem solving skills and creativity are a must. Excellent programming skills are crucial. The working language of the research group is English, and knowledge of English is also fully sufficient to navigate life in Sweden in general.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications

This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills relevant to the research conducted in the group as outlined above.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant's experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement "Avtal om tidsbegrnsad anstllning som postdoktor" ("Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow") between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply

Please observe that all the documents above should be in English (or for official documents possibly in Swedish). Writers of recommendation letters should submit their letters directly to jakob.nordstrom@cs.lth.se by the application deadline. Please state the reference number PA2019/4050 in the subject line.


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