AIRO Young Opportunity

15 Oct 2017
University of Clermond Auvergne
The Computer Science, Modeling, and System Optimization research
Laboratory (LIMOS - UMR CNRS 6158) at the University Clermont Auvergne,
Clermont-Ferrand, France, invites applications for a full-time PhD
position in Combinatorial Optimization.

The position is funded by the
French National Research Agency (ANR) for three years and is related to
the research project "Optimal Routing and Spectrum Assignment of
Realistic FlexGrid Elastic Optical Networks" (FLEXOPTIM) led by Dr.
HervC) Kerivin from LIMOS. The FLEXOPTIM project aims at developing
efficient off-line/on-line algorithms for the Routing and Spectrum
Assignment (RSA) problem on large-scale Spectrally Flexible Optical
Networks (SFONs) and at integrating them into a global Software-Defined
Networking (SDN) framework. This interdisciplinary project brings
together experts in mathematical optimization from LIMOS and experts in
optical-network architecture and control from the Institut Mines-Telecom
(IMT-Atlantique, formerly Telecom Bretagne) in Brest, France. An
explicit collaboration with Orange Labs is planned during the project.

The PhD research project involves investigating the combinatorial and
optimization aspects of the RSA problem, developing algorithms to solve
realistic large-size instances of such a problem, and playing an active
role in the assessment of the functionality and efficiency of the
devised methods on a dedicated Orange-Labs platform. The successful
applicant must have a strong background in applied mathematics and
computer science. We are seeking an exceptionally talented and motivated
student with a good knowledge in theoretical and experimental
mathematical optimization such as combinatorial optimization, polyhedral
combinatorics, decomposition methods for large-scale problems, and
optimization under uncertainty, as well as skills in C/C++ programming
language; some experience with optimization software such as Cplex and
Gurobi would be an asset. Given the field of application of the
research project, a genuine interest in networking is required.

PhD candidate will work in the Combinatorial and Continuous Optimization
team of LIMOS under the supervision of Dr. HervC) Kerivin. He/she will
also work closely with researchers from IMT-Atlantique where regular
meetings will be held. The successful applicant is expected to carry out
cutting-edge research, deliver presentations at international
conferences, and publish in top-tier journals and conference
proceedings. The PhD scholarship includes a competitive salary and
travel support. In addition, a teaching assistantship with extra payment
may be available. Throughout the three years, the PhD candidate will be
provided with specialized scientific and career development training
offered by the Doctoral School of Engineering Sciences at University
Clermont Auvergne.

The earliest start date is November 01, 2017 but
the position will remain open until an appropriate candidate is found.
Applicants must have earned a master's degree in Operations Research,
Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, or related fields by the start
date of the position. Besides the aforementioned scientific
requirements, the successful applicant must demonstrate a high level of
proficiency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of French is not
required but would be an asset.

Review of applications will begin in early October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications received by October 15, 2017 will be given full
consideration. Applications must contain

* A cover letter,
* A curriculum vitae or resume,
* Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
* A 1-2 page research statement describing how the applicant's qualifications and research interests would fit the project,
* A copy of the applicant's master's thesis,
* Up to three publications if it applies,
* The names and contact information of academic references, one of which should be the applicant's master's thesis supervisor.

All application materials must be submitted in English to Dr. Hervé Kerivin at with the subject line "FLEXOPTIM PhD scholarship (applicant's name)", preferably as a single PDF file. If the original academic transcripts are not in French or English, the translated transcripts must have the university's official stamp on them.

If you have further questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Hervé Kerivin at with the subject line "FLEXOPTIM PhD scholarship".