Some algorithms that solve NP-hard problems become 1000x faster by incorporating a preprocessing step that simplifies the input before solving it. Why, how, and when does this work? We offer a postdoc position in the ReduceSearch project, which aims to understand and expand the power of preprocessing.
TU Eindhoven is offering a 1-year postdoc position for a talented and motivated researcher with a strong interest in algorithms and complexity. The research is supported by ERC Starting grant "Rigorous Search Space Reduction" and is aimed at advancing the theory of algorithmic preprocessing. The project investigates questions such as: why does preprocessing lead to such large speedups for some NP-hard problems? How does a preprocessing algorithm reduce the search space of the follow-up algorithm? Which aspects of a problem input make it amenable to preprocessing? How can new preprocessing algorithms be developed that deliver speedups of several orders of magnitude? These questions are tackled using the framework of parameterized complexity and kernelization, and are asked for a diverse set of NP-hard problems concerning graphs, logic, and constraint satisfaction.
The position is supervised by dr. Bart M. P. Jansen (https://www.win.tue.nl/~bjansen/ )
The postdoctoral candidate is required to have a strong background in algorithms or computational complexity. Experience within the domain of parameterized complexity, kernelization, or constraint satisfaction problems is a plus. Candidates are expected to be fluent in English, both oral and in writing, and to have obtained a PhD degree.
The postdoctoral candidate will be expected to conduct independent research on topics relevant to the above agenda, to publish this research at conferences and journals, and to cooperate with the PhD candidates and principal investigator of the ReduceSearch project. The position does not have any required teaching duties. If the postdoctoral candidate wishes to further their development by assisting with the daily supervision of master- or PhD students, there will be opportunities to do so.
The starting date is negotiable, but must be no later than January 1st 2023. The position is offered for a period of one year, which may be extended.
If you are interested in the postdoc position and would like to apply, please send us your application by using the 'apply for this job' button at the top of this page. Your application must contain the following documents:
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Please send us your application before September 15th 2022; you can only apply using the "Apply now button" on the website of the Technical University of Eindhoven.
Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.
About the research environment
TU Eindhoven features a rich environment for algorithmic research. The cluster Algorithms, Geometry, and Applications, including full professors Mark de Berg and Bettina Speckmann investigates (parameterized, approximation, and classic) algorithms for problems in computational geometry and graph theory. The Combinatorial Optimization group (prof. Frits Spieksma) focuses on problems in scheduling and optimization. In addition, TU Eindhoven is one of the four cornerstones of the NETWORKS project which investigates algorithmic and stochastic problems on complex networks. All combined, this research environment offers the postdoctoral researcher interesting possibilities for collaboration.
About TU Eindhoven
TU Eindhoven (TU/e) is a mid-size technical university located in the heart of the high-tech industry in the Netherlands, named the Brainport region. Eindhoven is the fifth largest city in the Netherlands, and including suburbs it has about 420,000 inhabitants. TU/e is a highly ranked university both in research and education. Our training and research programs are highly regarded and we foster close relationships with companies, organizations and research institutes in the Brainport region and beyond. TU/e is a social and inspiring university with a fine culture. You’ll quickly feel at home, surrounded by people who share your scientific ambitions. The TU/e currently has nine departments, with over 11,000 students in total.
Further information with respect to the positions can be obtained from dr. Bart M. P. Jansen via email b.m.p.jansen[at]tue.nl
Further information concerning employment conditions can be found here or obtained from HR Services for Mathematics and Computer Science viaemail HRServices.MCS[at]tue.nl.
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