Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions ITN: AMVA4NewPhysics

The EU-funded Horizon 2020 programme has two main strategic objectives: to strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry and to encourage its international competitiveness, while promoting research that supports EU policies.
AMVA4NewPhysics is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network comprising European institutions that will foster the development and exploitation of Advanced Multi-Variate Analysis (AMVA) for New Physics searches. The Network will offer extensive training in both physics and advanced analysis techniques to graduate students, focusing on providing them with the know-how and the experience to boost their career prospects in and outside academia. AMVA4NewPhysics will develop ties with non-academic partners for the creation of interdisciplinary software tools, allowing a successful knowledge transfer in both directions. The Network will study innovative techniques and identify their suitability to problems encountered in searches for new physics at the LHC and detailed studies of the Higgs boson sector.
AMVA4NewPhysics is being led by INFN Padova in Italy. For its research posts, AMVA4NewPhysics is recruiting 10 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for employment by the network partners in Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The challenge
CERN is recruiting one ESR to work for two years on searches for New Physics employing advanced statistical learning tools. The main goal will be the specialization and optimization of MVA tools for searches for new physics in channels with missing transverse energy in the final state, and the optimization of classification methods for the cases of SUSY and Dark Matter. The successful candidate will carry out a full analysis using Run II data from CMS at the LHC.
How can you take part?
If you are an enthusiastic and talented student or young professional thinking of doing a doctorate - or even having started a doctorate in an area related to the topics in AMVA4NewPhysics - you could be a good candidate. You will be offered a CERN employment contract for 2 years whilst working towards your PhD in the Physics Department on the CMS collaboration at the LHC.
AMVA4NewPhysics has a very rich training program including participation in several international doctoral schools, workshops, and conferences.

Job Reference: FELL-ITN-AMVA4NewPhysics-2015
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Role Description

AMVA4NewPhysics has set up a very rich training programme that includes participation in several international doctoral schools, workshops, and conferences.


The successful candidate at CERN will have two visits to two members of the Network (University of California, Irvine, for two months, and EPFL for one month), plus a three-month secondment at Yandex who are an industrial partner with expertise industry applications of Machine Learning tools.


Eligibility conditions

ESRs must, at the time of recruitment

  • (i) be in possession of a university degree, and (ii) have a maximum of four years of full-time research experience, including any period of research training, after obtaining the degree which formally allowed them to embark on a doctorate in the country in which the degree/diploma was obtained or in the host country (irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged).
  • Applicants may be on a PhD programme but cannot be PhD holders at the start of their employment contract.
  • The position is open to applicants of all nationalities provided that the European Commission's Mobility Rule is satisfied: "At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account." In the case of CERN positions, applicants cannot have been at CERN for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
  • Proficiency in English is required; training in other languages can be provided through the ITN's training budget.
Documents required

Applications should include:

  • a completed electronic application form;
  • a Curriculum Vitae;
  • a copy of your last (highest) qualification;
  • a short letter of motivation;
  • at least two letters of recommendation to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.


The application and ALL supporting documents should be submitted using the e-recruitment system by the application deadline.


For further information, please contact Paris Sphicas and Philippe Bloch at CERN.

What We Offer
  • Attractive remuneration under employment contract for 24 months.
  • In accordance with the European Commission's allowances for ITNs, there is an additional training allowance to cover training activities, conference attendance, etc.
  • Employment contracts will start early in 2016.
Selection Procedure
  • Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date and will include at least a video interview. In the event of an interview at CERN, AMVA4NewPhysics will cover travel costs.

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