Context

IRIF (CNRS and Université de Paris), Paris, France, is seeking excellent candidates for Ph.D. fellowships in all areas of Foundations of Computer Science.

IRIF (Institute for Research in Foundations of Computer Science) is a joint laboratory of the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and Université de Paris created in 2016 as the merger of the previous laboratories LIAFA and PPS. Currently, it hosts about 90 permanent faculty members, 40 non-permanent full-time researchers, and 50 Ph.D. students.

The research conducted at IRIF is based on the study and understanding of the foundations of all areas of computer science. Such research work relies on mathematical concepts developed and studied within it, but it also contributes directly to mathematics. Typical areas include but are not limited to: algorithms, their design and analysis, automata theory and applications, combinatorics, complex systems, complexity, computational formalisms, distributed computation, foundations of programming languages, interactive proof assistants, graph theory and its algorithms, logic, networks, quantum computing, software development, systems modeling and verification. For further information about IRIF please see our presentation of IRIF.

Each year, about 10-15 new Ph.D. students start their doctoral studies at IRIF.


Description of PhD studies at IRIF

In France, Ph.D. studies are typically 3 years long and can be extended in some cases to 4 years. Ph.D. fellowships are full-time research contracts with some optional additional activities such as teaching.

Many Ph.D. studies starting at IRIF are the continuation of master programs, such as the LMFI or the MPRI, but this is not mandatory and IRIF regularly welcomes Ph.D. students joining after a master in another French or foreign university.

Funding Ph.D. studies at IRIF can be obtained by applying to a scholarship through IRIF and its related partners (such as Paris Doctoral School of Mathematical Sciences (ED 386), IRIF research grants, université Paris Diderot, regional programs, industrial partnerships …) or by applying to another institution independent from IRIF (such as his/her current institution, campus France, …).

In addition, Ph.D. students can be teaching assistants during their studies. More information (in french).


How to apply

It is advised to contact IRIF as soon as possible in order not to miss a possible call (see possible funding below).

Ideally, the contact should be the researcher you would like to work with. It can also be the head of the thematic group or head of the pole corresponding to your scientific interests (see the presentation of IRIF). Please avoid multiplying the contacts (alternatively, contact all concerned persons with a single e-mail so as they are aware of this).

Independently, there is also the possibility to directly apply to one or more specific fellowships funded by research grants. The list can be found below; it is not exhaustive and might be updated at any moment.

In all cases, the candidate should join a CV, and is advised to give as much information as possible (such as transcripts of her/his marks for the bachelor and master program).


Possible funding

Generic openings

There are several possibilities of fundings, and the candidate should contact IRIF for guidance.

IRIF depends on the graduate school ED 386 - École doctorale de Sciences Mathématiques de Paris Centre. Several scholarships are allocated directly from that school every year (the call opens in spring and its usual deadline is around mid-May).

IRIF is also eligible to several funding programs from its partners, which allow the recipients to conduct doctoral research at IRIF among other possibilities. Below are listed the most relevant programs for IRIF:

  • The DIM MathInnov Doctoral program will grant 11 PhD projects in 2020. Application deadline: May, 20th 2020.
  • The DIM RFSI (Computer science) will co-fund some PhD projects in 2020. Application must be done by the potential advisor. Application deadline: May, 15th 2020.

An application through Campus France is also possible for individual fellowships.

Specific openings

The following list describes Ph.D. scholarships that are related to specific funding programs. This list is subject to be updated at any time.
To add an opening, please contact direction@irif.fr.

  • Biological Game Theory A Ph.D. position is available under the supervision of Amos Korman, supported by an ERC Consolidator Grant. The topic concerns the study of algorithmic game theoretical principles with a special focus on animal behavior, and specifically concerning bats. Corresponding experiments will be conducted by a collaborating group at Tel-Aviv University. The candidate should be acquainted with probability theory, programming, game theory, and should love animals. Contact: Amos Korman.
  • Formal Methods for the Analysis of Distributed Algorithms We are looking for a Ph.D. student interested in developing formal techniques to ease the design of distributed algorithms. The Ph.D. will be funded by the project Fredda (https://www.irif.fr/~fredda/) and the student will be co-supervised by Arnaud Sangnier and Benedikt Bollig (LSV-Ens Cachan). The candidates should have a strong background in distributed systems, in logic and automata. Abilities to develop prototypes would be appreciated. Contact: Arnaud Sangnier.
  • Quantum Computing We are looking for excellent candidates to work on quantum algorithms and complexity, in particular in optimization, communications and cryptography. Several PhD positions are also available in the area of post-quantum cryptography under the ERC project of Phong Nguyen (more information). Contact: Frédéric Magniez.