Two 3 years Ph.D. fellowships supported by the European Commission are available
starting on January 2006 with the Machine learning and Neural Networks group at
the Università degli Studi di Firenze under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Frasconi.
The research project, part of the EU funded BIOPTRAIN program, aims at designing
new machine learning algorithms for the analysis of bioinformatics data.
Applications of particular interest include prediction of protein structure,
protein biochemical properties, protein function, biological activity of molecules,
and the modeling of biological pathways.
Special emphasis will be given to learning algorithms for sequential, structured
and relational data, probabilistic and logical representations, kernel machines,
recursive neural networks.
The ideal candidate will have a master's degree (or equivalent) with a background
in one of the following areas: computer science, chemistry, physics, biology,
or statistics. Knowledge of fundamental aspects of computer science (algorithms
and data structures, discrete mathematics, programming languages) is required.
Previous knowledge of artificial intelligence, statistics, or bioinformatics is
Fellows will be recruited under an employment contract and will benefit from travel
and mobility allowances. Additional details about these highly prestigious positions
(in particular, salary and eligibility) can be found in the EST Handbook
(available at [link]).
Women in particular are invited to apply. If several applicants have approximately
equivalent qualifications, EU rules on equal opportunities will be applied.
Applications should include your CV, a one-page statement of your research interests
and motivations for pursuing Ph.D. studies, and contact information (including email
addresses) for at least two references.
Please send your application preferably by email to bioptrain AT dsi DOT unifi DOT it
(using PDF or plain text for your attachments) of by surface mail to:
Prof. Paolo Frasconi
Dipartimento di Sistemi e Informatica, Università di Firenze
Via di Santa Marta 3
50139 Firenze, Italy
The deadline for applications is August 1st 2005. Selected finalists will
be asked to participate in an interview.
Further details about BIOPTRAIN on [http://bioptrain.org].