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Collaborative Mathematical Research - Second Call

La Caixa Foundation
, in the frame of the agreement between La Caixa and the Catalan Government, has approved funding of the training program on Collaborative Mathematics presented by the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM).
Programme description

The aim of the program is to encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative mathematical research in the better represented interfaces in the Catalan research system, both in universities and in other research centers. In the framework of this program, collaborative research means "mathematical research located in an interface which purpose is the development, analysis and simulation of contextualized models, with interest beyond mathematics, contrasted by interacting with experimentalists".

The funding of this programme by La Caixa allows the CRM to offer a number of doctoral and postdoctoral contracts over a period of five years starting January 2014. Each contract will be assigned to a training project on a specific topic defined jointly by a researcher in mathematics as director and a co-director from another discipline.

The program will make public announcements of these contracts during the first three years.
Proposed projects

The collaborative projects initially proposed in this programme have been prepared by CRM research groups jointly with researchers from other institutions. They can be consulted through the following links:

Complex Systems. Website. Projects.
Computational and Mathematic Biology. Website. Projects.
Computational Neuroscience. Website. Projects.
Financial Mathematics and Risk Control. Website. Projects.
Industrial Mathematics. Website. Projects.
Mathematical Epidemiology. Website. Projects.

The list of available projects will be updated for each call.
Eligibility criteria

The program is open to applicants from all nationalities.

Doctoral students:
- A basic requirement to be admitted to the programme is fulfilling the admission criteria of a doctoral programme in mathematics of some Catalan university when beginning the doctoral project. For more information see here.

- The candidates must have outstanding academic records and a good English level.

- Students that are still enrolled in bachelor or master studies can apply to the CRM call for research stays as a preparation for this programme, For more information see here.
Postdoctoral researchers:
- Candidates must hold a PhD at the time of joining the programme
Contract conditions

Doctoral students:
- Doctoral students enjoying this programme will joint the CRM Doctoral Training Unit (see here).

- The doctoral students who pass the selection process will join the programme for 39 months divided in three periods. This includes an initial contract of 15 months, whose gross salary will be €18.000 euros, renewable for a second and a third year with a gross salary of €18.000 euros per year.

- Contract’s renewal is subject to the positive reports emitted by the supervisor.

- The first three months of the initial period are intended to facilitate a smooth entry into the CRM research environment. During this time students will be on probation working on the project of their choice. At the end of the first three months a definitive project and supervisor will be assigned.

- The CRM will pay the tuition cost in a doctoral program in mathematics of a Catalan university. Students will be given a mobility allowance for activities related to their training.
Postdoctoral researchers:
- The postdoctoral researcher contract will be renewable annually up to three years, subject to a positive evaluation of the supervisor. The gross salary will be €25,000 per year.

- Postdocs will be given a mobility allowance for activities related to their training.
Selection process

Admission to the programme is on a competitive basis. Applications will be screened initially by the CRM executive committee to ensure that they are complete and eligible. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, which will evaluate candidates based on the following criteria:

- The candidate's academic merit and potential for successful research while at the CRM, as evidenced by their qualifications and grades, and previous research experience.

- The information given by the candidate on the application form, and in particular the motivation letter.

The selection committee will consider all the applications and select a number of candidates to be interviewed by potential supervisors and discuss their research interests. Shortlisted candidates will be selected by the Selection Committee on the basis of this personal interview.

Candidates may be allocated to a research group different from that selected by the applicant at the discretion of the Selection Committee. The final selection of candidates requires approval by the CRM scientifc committee.

Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee's final decision by e-mail. The selection committee will also propose a reserve list as well. Successful candidates are requested to inform the CRM whether they accept or decline the offer within 1 week after being notified.
Governance and administration

The implementation of this programme will be monitored by an ad hoc Governing Committee consisting of representatives of Fundació “La Caixa" and CRM, that will meet at least once a year.

The CRM administration will provide the necessary general support for the deployment of the programme (diffusion, contracts, interviews, organization,...).

The CRM administration will also provide administrative support in visa formalities, lodging, travel, etc. to selected applicants, if required.

How to apply

To apply for a position, you must send to crmcalls@crm.cat an email with personal information: name, personal address, email, phone number and attaching the following documents (please name all attached files including your family name for easy identification):

Doctoral students: CV, academic records (incorporating, if possible, the computation of the average grade following the same scheme as for the FI-DGR 2014 call) and a motivation letter. A minimum of one and a maximum of three hosting CRM research groups have to be chosen, indicating preferences in the motivation letter, if any.

Postdoctoral researchers: CV, publications list, motivation letter and two reference letters. If available, a link to a personal page or the applicant's Google-Scholar page is highly recommended. A CRM research groups has to be chosen in the motivation letter.

The deadline to submit an application is April 16, 2014. Applicants should be available for interviews (possibly via Skype) from April 28 onwards.

Related calls: Industrial Doctorate at CRM