[Elsnet-list] vacancies for 2 PhD-students

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2 PhD Students in Multi-agent Systems and Coordination

The Intelligent Systems Group at Utrecht University and the theme SEN3 
Coordination Languages at CWI have two positions for PhD students for 
four years. One PhD student will be employed by the Utrecht University 
and one by CWI. Both positions are within the research project 
"Coordination and Composition in Multi-Agent Systems (CoCoMAS)", 
recently funded by the Dutch national science organization, NWO 

Job description
The candidates are expected to work on the design and development of 
compositional executable coordination models for multi-agent systems. 
The general perspective of this project is to provide the formal 
description of organizational structures of multi-agent systems in terms 
of exogenous coordination models. In particular, the aim is to develop 
and implement integrated programming languages (syntax and semantics) 
for exogenous coordination of roles, individual agents, and multi-agent 
systems. The context of this project is given by an integration and 
implementation of extensions of the existing agent-oriented programming 
language 3APL and the exogenous coordination language REO. Intended 
applications include the organizational structures in incident 
management and business processes. More information on this project can 
be found at the following webpage: 

This research spans over two separate groups: Intelligent Systems at 
Utrecht University and SEN3 Coordination Languages at CWI in Amsterdam. 
The candidates will work together and will have regular meetings. The 
activities in CoCoMAS involve both systems oriented and theoretical work 
in both multi-agent systems and software engineering. The CoCoMAS 
project complements the theoretical and technological framework of other 
current projects within these two groups. The candidates should have at 
least a master degree in computer science or Artificial Intelligence, 
with a background in multi-agent systems, logic, software engineering, 
concurrency and distributed systems, or practical software development.

Faculty of Science at Utrecht University &
Scientific Cluster of Software Engineering at CWI
The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Chemistry, 
Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences 
and Physics and Astronomy. The Faculty is home to 3500 students and 
nearly 2000 staff, and is internationally renowned for the quality of 
its research. The faculty's academic programmes reflect current 
developments in today's society.

CWI is an internationally renowned research institute in mathematics and 
computer science, located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The theme SEN3 
Coordination Languages of the Scientific Cluster of Software Engineering 
at CWI is a dynamic group of internationally recognized researchers who 
work on Coordination Models and Languages and Component-Based Software 
Composition. The activity in SEN3 is a productive, healthy mix of 
theoretical, foundational, and experimental work in Computer Science, 
ranging in a spectrum covering mathematical foundations of models of 
computation, formal methods and semantics, implementation of advanced 
research software systems, as well as their real-life applications.

Terms of employment
The salary at the Utrecht University will be € 1,933 during the first 
year (gross per month) and will reach € 2,472 during the fourth year. 
The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year 
bonus of 3% per year. In addition, we offer a pension scheme, parental 
leave, facilities for childcare, flexible employment conditions in which 
you may trade vacation days for extra compensations. Conditions are 
based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

The salary and terms at CWI are in accordance with the Dutch 
"CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen".  The initial salary for a Ph.D. student is 
€1848,- gross per month. The salary grows to € 2367,- in the fourth 
year. The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an 
end-of-year bonus of 4.1 %. Moreover CWI offers very attractive working 
conditions, including flexibility and help with housing for foreigners.

Further details
More information can be obtained from Dr. Mehdi Dastani, telephone 
+31-30-253-3599, e-mail mehdi at cs.uu.nl and Dr. F.S. D Boer, telephone 
+31-20-592-4139, email F.S.de.Boer at cwi.nl.

How to apply
To apply, please send a statement of your interest, together with 
curriculum vitae, letters of references, and possibly list of 
publications to: Head of Personnel and Organization, Buys 
Ballotlaboratorium, Princetonplein 5, 3584 CC Utrecht, The Netherlands 
and send an e-mail to P&O at phys.uu.nl ( with a cc to mehdi at cs.uu.nl and 
F.S.de.Boer at cwi.nl ). Please mention vacancy number 62603. Make sure 
that you specifically mention the CoCoMAS project.


Mehdi Dastani
Intelligent Systems Group
Utrecht University
P.O.Box 80.089
3508 TB Utrecht
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 - 30 - 253 3599
Fax: +31 - 30 - 251 3791
URL: http://www.cs.uu.nl/~mehdi
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