The K&SM Research Center, Department of Theoretical and Applied Science, University of Insubria (Italy) announces the availability of a Marie-Curie PhD Fellowship Position for Early-stage researchers in Online Social Networking technologies, with a focus on: Privacy, Risk Analysis and Trust Management in DOSNs.

The position is for up to three (3) years, starting in early 2013.  The position is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) program iSocial, which focuses on the design of distributed and scalable overlay networking and distributed storage infrastructures for open online social networks and for innovative social network applications that preserve end-user privacy and information ownership. The main objective of the iSocial Initial Training Network is to provide world class training for a next generation of researchers, computer scientists, and Web engineers, emphasizing on a strong combination of advanced understanding in both theoretical and experimental approaches, methodologies and tools that are required to develop Decentralized Online Social Networking platforms.

The following institutions participate in the iSocial ITN:
  • Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (prof. S. Haridi)
  • Univ. of Cyprus (prof. M. Dikaiakos)
  • Univ. of Insubria, Italy (prof. E. Ferrari)
  • ICS/FORTH, Greece (prof. E. Markatos)
  • Univ. of Barcelona (prof. M. Boguna)
  • IBM Israel (Dr. E. Dekel); Peerialism, Sweden (Dr. S. El-Ansary)
and a number of associated research and industrial partners (IMIS/ATHENA, Greece; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; TELEFONICA TID, Spain; FORTHNET, Greece; FMT Worldwide, Cyprus/Australia;, Cyprus/USA).

Requirements, eligibility criteria and funding

Successful candidates are expected to join the Ph.D. program of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Science at the University of Insubria, to conduct original research under the supervision of Prof. Elena Ferrari and in collaboration with the principal investigators of iSocial, and to contribute actively to the activities planned of the project (scientific publications, taking courses, secondments, participation to meetings and events, preparation of educational material, coordination of work, etc.).

We seek candidates with experience and/or research interests in one or more of the following topics:  privacy, risk analysis, trust management, social networks and distributed systems, machine learning, distributed processing and analysis of large data sets.

Preference will be given to highly motivated candidates with strong programming and analytical skills, excellent knowledge of English, and a proven commitment to their studies.

The working language will be English; knowledge of Italian is welcome but not required.

Eligible applicants are required to have a M.Sc. in Computer Science or related field (at the time of the enrollment) from reputable institutions, and less than 4 years of full-time research experience after obtaining their degree. Marie Curie fellows enjoy good salaries and working conditions, career development opportunities  and work-life balance.

The Marie Curie financial support to Early-stage researchers includes a considerable monthly living and mobility allowance (approx. 32K euros per year gross) and coverage of expenses related to the participation in research and training activities (contribution to research-related costs, meetings, conference attendance, training actions, etc.).


To communicate your expression of interest, please send your curriculum vitae, two (2) references and a research statement (no more than two pages) by email to Elena Ferrari (elena dot ferrari at uninsubria dot it). Further information can be asked at the same email address.


Prof. Elena Ferrari
Department of Theoretical and Applied Science, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy.

Note, application deadline to the Marie Curie PhD Position in Online Social Networking, Italy is 10 October, 2012.

Please mention on your application while applying for this scholarship. 

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