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Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1- Hosting offer for an MSCA-IF post-doc candidate in Actuarial Science and Risk Management

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    30/07/2019 17:30 - Europe/Athens
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    France, Villeurbanne
    Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
    Actuarial Science and Finance Institute
    Laboratory of Actuarial Science and Finance

The Laboratoire de Sciences Actuarielle et Financière (LSAF) is a leading actuarial research lab in Europe and undertakes inter-disciplinary research on risks in insurance and finance. The research topics of the laboratory are always evolving to include new risks (human longevity improvements, natural hazards...), recent accounting standards (IFRS), new prudential regulation systems (Basel 4, Solvency 2) as well as new risk management practices (Enterprise Risk Management) or new business models with Big Data and Analytics in insurance. Current team research projects concern in particular the impact of modeling and data analytics on the management of insurance and financial firms, environmental risks, longevity risk management and public health, long term investments and ESG, as well as behaviours and risks.

Strongly associated to ISFA graduate school of actuarial studies, LSAF gathers 30 permanent researchers, 4 post-docs and 18 PhD students. LSAF is part of University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL), a multidisciplinary university in the primary fields of science and health. With over 2630 professors and assistant professors and 39,000 students, leading to more than 4500 internationally published articles and 40 patents per year. The University is involved in more than 80 European Union projects.

The LSAF offers to host a MSCA Individual Fellowship candidate ("Experienced Researcher" according to the Marie Sklodowska Curie categories, typically a post-doc), submitting an application to the next MSCA-IF call for proposals (deadline september 2019), interested to work on the following research topic:

The assessment of mortality evolution is of paramount importance in various fields of application: insurance, demography, etc. A natural and straightforward approach to do this is to use the available data at the population level and build a specific mortality model, Lee and Carter (1991) for instance. However, in insurance applications, when adapting these to small sized populations we may face technical difficulties related to the size of the portfolios and the heterogeneity of the guarantees (for the same underlying risk). The use of the so-called credibility theory can then be used to adjust dynamically the assessment of the mortality using external information as well as the information stemming from the considered population as considered, for instance, in Salhi and Thérond (2018) and Salhi et al. (2016). The project aims at adapting such an approach in a context of dynamic modelling of mortality patterns. We are looking for a candidate with a strong background applied probability and/or statistics. Her/his PhD defense must take place before Sept. 10th, 2019.

Bühlmann, H., and Alois Gisler. A Course in Credibility Theory and its Applications. Springer Science & Business Media, 2006.

Lee, Ronald D., and Lawrence R. Carter. 1992. Modeling and Forecasting U.S. Mortality. Journal of the American Statistical Association 87: 659–71.

Salhi, Yahia, and Pierre-E. Thérond. Age- Specific Adjustment of Graduated Mortality. ASTIN Bulletin: The Journal of the IAA 48.2 (2018): 543-569.

Salhi, Yahia, Pierre-E. Thérond, and Julien Tomas. A Credibility Approach of the Makeham Mortality Law. European Actuarial Journal 6.1 (2016): 61-96.


The fellowship could last for 12 to 36 months, depending on the type of Individual Fellowship.


The successful Marie-Curie Post-doctoral fellow will be supervised by Yahia Salhi and Pierre Thérond

Yahia Salhi is associate professor at ISFA, UCBL. His research interests include mortality modeling, longevity risk, quickest detection problems, credibility theory and financial mathematics. http://salhi.yahia.free.fr/

Pierre Thérond is associate professor at ISFA, UCBL, and Consulting Partner in actuarial science. His research interests include actuarial mathematics and quantitative risk management, credibility theory, accounting and solvency regulation. http://www.therond.fr/

Application process to LSAF:

Interested candidates are invited to contact us exclusively by email at postdoc-1946@isfa.fr

Make sure that you include the reference "Post-doc 1946" in the title of your email. Please attach a CV, a motivation letter, your MSc marks, as well as a 1-page research proposal.

NB: Candidates will receive the support of the LSAF supervisors, as well as a professional grant application company, to prepare and submit their application with the LSAF as a host laboratory, to the next MSCA-IF call for proposals.



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