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PhD Position in Computer Science, University of Aix-Marseille

The University of Aix-Marseille is offering one PhD position in Computer Science (CNRS Laboratories LSIS and LIF under the direction of Nicola Olivetti ( and Camilla Schwind (

The thesis project concerns groups of agents which collaborate exchanging information and must follow different rules of behaviour. In this environment, the behaviour and the reasoning tasks are complex and concern multiple agents. The research will concentrate on the study logical formalisms for agent interaction based on modal logics and on the development of automated deduction methods for the studied formalisms.

Candidates must have a MSc or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or related fields, and an excellent record of study. They should have solid basic knowledge in computer science, artificial intelligence and logic; expertise in agent systems is desired. Knowledge of French is not required. There are no teaching obligations, but the candidate can subscribe a teaching contract for 60 hours a year which are paid in addition.

The PhD student position will be funded by CNRS ( and the region "Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (PACA)" for three years (regular employment contract with full social benefits), 24000 Euro before taxes.

Important: The availability of the Ph.D. Fellowship will be confirmed within a few weeks.

The position begins in October 2011 or later, but not after January 1st 2012.

Applications should contain a CV, a proof of study record, a motivation statement detailing the research interests, and some letters of recommendation. They should be sent electronically to Nicola OLIVETTI <> and to Camilla Schwind <>.

The call for application is now open. Applications should be received no later than *June 10, 2011*.

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