08/04/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD position in Physics - Learning to navigate in complex odor landscapes

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    ICTP
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer scienceCybernetics
    EngineeringControl engineering
    PhysicsStatistical physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/06/2021 12:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Italy › Trieste
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/11/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    956457

OFFER DESCRIPTION

ICTP - UNESCO is offering a PhD scholarship on olfactory search in a turbulent environment. The position is funded by the European Union Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network CoPerMix (grant number 956457) on Control, Prediction and Learning in Mixing Processes within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission (https://www.copermix-itn.eu/). CoPerMix is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and the UK, and will train 15 PhD students in total (Early Stage Researcher, ESR). The PhD student will be based in Trieste, Italy at ICTP - The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics and will be enrolled in the PhD program in Physics of the University of Trieste, Italy.

Description of the project: Odor-guided navigation is inherently difficult because turbulent air flow mixes the relevant chemical signal with clean air and with other background signals, resulting in a highly dynamic and complex odor landscape. Besides the immediate interest in animal behavior, understanding the principles of olfactory search and navigation stands at the basis of applications ranging from the localization of the source of dangerous substances to ecological control of vector-borne diseases. In the first stage, the problem of locating an odor source will be framed as a Reinforcement Learning problem and optimal solutions will be sought. This will also require answering the question about which is the most efficient representation of the olfactory landscape that the searcher must adopt for a given goal. Then we will turn to the problem of telling apart and reaching several distant sources which emit different odor blends, and we will also address the problem of cooperative olfactory search by many interacting agents.

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Benefits

The successful candidate will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months.

Eligibility criteria

  • Qualifications and research experience: The applicant must fulfil the requirements defined for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs): ESRs are researchers who, at the time of recruitment, have NOT yet been awarded the doctorate degree and are in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career.
  • Mobility: At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have been employed by the host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. 

Selection process

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically to celani@ictp.it and must include:

  • Cover letter stating your motivation to apply and your key qualities relevant for this position.
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Contact information of two academic references.

Additional comments

Offer open until the position is filled.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

 

  • Skills in programming and scientific software.
  • Experience in theory-driven research with a clear view towards applications.
  • Interest in collaborative multi-disciplinary research.
  • The ability to communicate verbally and in written form in English.

Specific Requirements

Master degree or equivalent in physics (alternatively: BSc or equivalent in Physics and MSc or equivalent in other disciplines related to the project, including Engineering, Computer Science, etc)

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
ICTP
Italy
I am not in the U.S. or Canada
Trieste
34151
Strada Costiera 11

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