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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral position in algorithms, Warsaw, POLAND


A postdoctoral position in the area of algorithms in the Department of Mathematics, Informatics 
and Mechanics at University of Warsaw under the guidance of Prof. Piotr Sankowski is currently 
open. The position is supported by the PAAl Project (ERC Starting Grant 259515: Practical 
Approximation Algorithms).

The PAAl Project aims to develop and study practical approximation algorithms. Our study is 
based on theoretical models that can describe requirements for algorithms to make them practically 
efficient. A useful programming library of approximation algorithms shall be developed. The 
strength and originality of this project are based on the combination of theoretical and practical 
research. The project is executed in cooperation with Prof. Stefano Leonardi from Sapienza 
University of Rome. More detailed information about the research project can be found at

Job profile:

All candidates with strong qualifications in algorithmic research are encouraged to apply and 
will be carefully considered. Applicants should have a PhD degree or be close to completing it. 
Knowledge of Polish language is not required, but a good knowledge of English is essential. We 
offer excellent networking and training opportunities, including participation in international 
workshops, short research stays at other partner organizations and attendance of international 

Successful candidates can start after September 2012 (negotiable).
Funding is available for up to two years and different durations are possible. Salary will be 
commensurate with experience and levels of accomplishment starting from 40 000 Euro per annum. 
No teaching responsibilities are associated with this position.


The Institute of Informatics of University of Warsaw is the leading research institute in this 
field in Poland. Institute of Informatics was formed in 1975, unifying foundational and 
experimental research on programming languages. Today it employs around 50 faculty members and 
trains, more than 60 PhD students. The research goals comprise basic work in computer science, 
especially algorithms, logic, and specification theory, as well as various aspect of software 
engineering and several interdisciplinary topics, in particular bioinformatics. The Algorithmic 
Analysis Group, who is realising the project, is the largest research group in our department 
and includes many exceptional young scientists.

Your application:

Applications in English (including Curriculum Vitae, list of publications, research plan, names 
of references with their e-mail addresses, and intended period of stay) should be submitted per 
e-mail (preferably as PDF attachments) by August 31st, 2012 to:

Prof. Piotr Sankowski
Institute of Informatics
University of Warsaw
ul. Banacha 2
02-097 Warsaw