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PhD/Assistant Researcher position – Healthy buildings for ageing well

InnoRenew CoE seeks highly motivated and qualified applicants for a PhD/Assistant Researcher position to work in the interdisciplinary field of psychogeriatrics/gerontology and environmental psychology as related to interior design, buildings, construction, and architecture. The successful candidate will be part of InnoRenew CoE’s Human Health in the Built Environment research group (Izola, Slovenia) and enroll separately as a doctoral student in the Renewable Materials for Healthy Built Environments doctoral program at the University of Primorska (Koper, Slovenia).

The number of Europeans over 65 continues to increase, and these older adults are projected to become a third of Europe’s population by 2080. Concern for older adult physical and mental well-being will also increase and joint care facilities will become a focal point. Many emotional and psychological challenges for older adults and their formal and informal caregivers will need to be addressed, especially those compounded by loneliness, lack of community, and incompatible living environments.

Tasks and goals

The research focus of this position is to assess the state of joint care facilities in selected European regions and evaluate the well-being of older adults using them, identify best practices for constructing care facilities, and attempt to identify connections between occupant well-being and the quality of care facilities’ buildings and environment. The above goal is intended to be achieved by:

  • Developing expert knowledge in psychogeriatrics, older adult care, environments that are healing (theory and practice), and building construction for care facilities (current and future trends)
  • Designing and conducting studies that will advance knowledge in these fields and be applicable in practice

The Assistant Researcher will participate in two high-profile international research projects, the InnoRenew Horizon2020 project and the pharaon Horizon2020 project, and will be expected to be active in scientific publishing and participate in academic conferences, networks, and other relevant associations.

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in psychology, public health, or related field
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Eligibility to enroll in doctoral studies in Slovenia
  • Eligibility to work in Slovenia
  • High motivation to carry out interdisciplinary research projects
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English
  • Ability to interact with the healthcare industry and other researchers

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in psychogeriatrics
  • Knowledge of theory and practice in healthy built environments
  • Participation in research projects (industrial or grant-funded)
  • Ability to formulate and communicate new research ideas and prepare research proposals

What we offer

InnoRenew CoE was established through the InnoRenew project, a flagship project funded by the European Commission and Republic of Slovenia. For this position, we offer:

  • One-year contract with option for renewal (recommended duration for doctoral studies is four years)
  • Competitive salary with possible performance-based raises
  • Opportunity to work on two prestigious H2020 projects

How to apply

Interested applicants should email the following documents (in English and as PDFs) to coe@innorenew.eu

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter for this position
  • Summary of previous research experience (master’s thesis, for example)
  • Certified copy of master´s degree certificate/diploma and official records transcript, with translations if the originals are not in English or Slovene

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For further information about the research topic, please contact Assist. Prof. Michael Burnard at mike.burnard@innorenew.eu.

InnoRenew CoE’s employment opportunities, policies, activities, services, and facilities do not exclude any person on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, or disability.

InnoRenew CoE reserves the right to leave the position open, extend the application period, and consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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PhD position – Data-driven optimization for sustainable network design

Location: Izola, Slovenia

The InnoRenew CoE is seeking highly motivated and qualified applicants for a PhD researcher position (Assistant Researcher) to work in the field of computer science and optimization. The successful candidate will be part of InnoRenew CoE’s ICT research group (Izola, Slovenia) and as a doctoral student will enrol in the Computer Science doctoral program at the University of Primorska (Koper, Slovenia).

Using networks to model real-world problems is a powerful tool, as they provide an efficient abstraction that can be used to analyse the structure of the task at hand. Ranging from sensor networks to supply chains, there is an underlying complex network for a wide array of different everyday applications. Sustainability plays an important role in the design of these networks when considering various optimisation questions such as energy minimisation or the reuse of waste materials. The objectives and constraints of these optimisation problems are generally strongly influenced by a large amount of available measured data.

 

Tasks and Goals

The focus of the research is to analyse the underlying structure of selected real-world problems and design efficient network representations for them. The above goal is intended to be achieved by:

  • Collecting and studying available data related to the problems, identifying crucial underlying information;
  • Using the extracted information, efficient solution methods should be developed for problems arising in these networks. Mathematical programming and metaheuristic approaches can both be used for this purpose;
  • Showing the efficiency of the developed tools and methods by implementing simulation environments.
    The methods and tools developed above will be adapted for real-world data in connection with interdisciplinary projects. The successful candidate will also contribute to applications for grant-funded research projects and publish their research in high-level international journals and prestigious conferences in the field.

 

Required qualifications

• Master’s degree in computer science, information technology, mathematics, or related area
• Strong command of at least one major high-level programming language (e.g. C++, Java, Python)
• Solid background in algorithm design and data structures
• High motivation to carry out interdisciplinary research projects
• Ability to solve complex problems with the development of methodical and analytical approaches
• Strong written and oral communication skills in English
• Ability to interact with industry and other researchers

 

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in implementing graph algorithms
  • Strong operations research background
  • Knowledge of optimization and modelling software
  • Participation in applied research projects (industrial or grant-funded)
  • Ability to formulate and communicate new research ideas and prepare research proposals

 

What we offer

The InnoRenew CoE was established based on a flagship project funded by the European Commission and the Republic of Slovenia.

  • 1-year contract with option for renewal (recommended duration for doctoral studies is four years)
  • Competitive salary with possible performance-based raises
  • Opportunity to work on a prestigious H2020 project

How to apply

Interested applicants should send:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter for this position
  • Summary of previous research experience (master’s thesis, for example)
  • Certified copy of master´s degree certificate and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in English.
    All materials should be in English and submitted in PDF format.

Please send application via e-mail to: coe@innorenew.eu

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For further information about the research topic please contact Dr. Miklós Krész (miklos.kresz@innorenew.eu).

Employment opportunities, admissions policies, activities, services, and the facilities of the InnoRenew CoE do not exclude any person on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, or disability.
The InnoRenew CoE reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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PhD position available in software development, distributed ledger technology and edge computing

Apply till 2020-05-15

InnoRenew CoE is seeking a well-qualified individual to work on a collaborative PhD project with the University of Primorska to research and develop solutions in the field of distributed systems. This position is located in Izola and Koper, Slovenia.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has reached a point where challenges concerning optimization of network utilization, security, network topology, privacy and large-scale deployments need to and can be addressed with a decentralized approach. Collaboration between the education sector, industry and research institutes will support the development of a decentralized framework to investigate efficient use of edge devices.

The researcher assigned to this position will be employed full-time at InnoRenew CoE until October 2020. At that time, employment will be split between InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska. Duties at the University of Primorska will include teaching computer science courses with a focus on software development and programming.

Goals and tasks

The overall goal of this PhD project is to explore the use of distributed ledger technologies and other distributed solutions for utilizing edge devices in large networks. The researcher’s main tasks will be:

  1. preparation and execution of a research plan,
  2. review of existing systems and comparison of state-of-the-art concepts in IoT,
  3. design of theoretical decentralized solutions for edge devices, and
  4. development of pilot software aimed at testing and evaluating proposed solutions.

The researcher will write articles about this research for academic, professional and lay audiences to extend its reach. Additionally, the researcher will be involved in preparation of at least one funding proposal that seeks to extend financial support for the research program.

Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree in computer science, information technology, mathematics, or related area
  • High motivation to carry out interdisciplinary research projects
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken) in Slovene and English
  • Ability to formulate and communicate new research ideas (proposal preparation, scholarly publication)
  • Demonstrated record of programming projects (public repositories preferred)

What we offer

InnoRenew CoE was established through the InnoRenew project, which is funded by the European Commission and the Republic of Slovenia.

  • One-year contract with option for renewal (recommended duration for doctoral studies is four years)
  • Competitive salary with possible performance-based raises
  • Opportunity to work on a prestigious H2020 project

How to apply

Interested applicants should send the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter (maximum one A4 page)
  • Summary of previous research experience (master’s thesis, for example)
  • Certified copy of master’s diploma/certificate and official records transcript (with translations if originals are not in English or Slovene). If graduating in 2020, state so clearly in your application.

All materials should be submitted in English as PDFs no later than 15 May 2020.

 

Please send application via e-mail to: coe@innorenew.eu

 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For further information about the research topic, please contact prof. dr. Michael Mrissa (michael.mrissa@innorenew.eu) or dr. Jernej Vičič (jernej.vicic@upr.si).

Employment opportunities, admissions policies, activities, services and facilities of InnoRenew CoE do not exclude any person on the basis of race, color, age, sex, gender, religion, national origin or disability. In processing applications, GDPR will be respected and applicants’ information will not be shared beyond the relevant staff at InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska. By submitting an application, you agree that the data you provide therein will be reviewed by these organizations.

InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska reserve the right to leave the position open, extend the application period and consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

 

Request more information: coe@innorenew.eu

Working with us

Research at the InnoRenew CoE is focused on supporting restorative solutions for the built environment through renewable materials research and sustainable building research that creates positive impacts for the environment, building users, and society. While working with us, you will conduct cutting edge research with researchers from around the globe, collaborate with industry members, interact with the public, and support policy development for a sustainable future.

Working in Slovenia

Slovenia is a beautiful country to live and work in with easy access to the rest of Europe. The InnoRenew CoE is located on Slovenia’s welcoming coast that is dotted with historic cities, wineries, olive groves, and stunning vistas. The food is great, the people are open and welcoming, and the lifestyle is as active or relaxed as you want it to be, with many outdoor activities to take part in or cafés to relax in.

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