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Leonardo Fibonacci fellowships - a joint postdoctoral program of I-CORE Algo, CNR and ENEA


I-CORE Algo – the Israeli Center of Research Excellence in algorithms, CNR – the National Research Council of Italy and ENEA – the Italian National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development are seeking excellent candidates for postdoctoral fellowships.

The joint program is supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and one of its objectives is strengthening the bi-national cooperation in science and technology between Italy and Israel, under the auspices of the Italian-Israeli Agreement on Industrial, Scientific and Technological Cooperation. CNR and ENEA participate in the program to help open new paths towards excellence for young researchers, some of whom will eventually join the Italian research system.

The Leonardo Fibonacci fellowships are named after the Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci, arguably the greatest European mathematician of the middle ages.

I-CORE Algo is part of the I-CORE program, initiated by the Government of Israel and adopted by Israel's Council of Higher Education in order to reinforce Israel's intellectual capacities and promote synergy among Israel's leading research centers. The members of the center are some of Israel's most exceptional computer scientists, from The Blavatnik School of Computer Science in Tel Aviv University, The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science in Weizmann Institute of Science.

Researches of any nationality can apply to the program, given that they obtained their PhD (Dottorato di Ricerca) from an institution in Italy no longer than 2 years before the date of the application, or will obtain it within 3 months after the application. EU nationals can apply independently of where they have obtained their degree, within the same temporal frame. Equal opportunity is a principle underlying the whole selection process.

Key criteria for the selection will be

1.       the scientific potential of the candidates, as assessed by their academic record and thesis, by publications, if any, by previous research experience and by any previous awards and honors.

2.       the expected benefits of the fellowship for the trainees, as indicated also by a short research statement (or tentative project) submitted with the application.

Reference letters are requested from at least three recommenders and will contribute to assess both criteria.

The Fellowships will be awarded initially for a period of up to twelve months, and they may be prolonged, after consideration, within the same program or other programs of the I-CORE center.
The Leonardo Fibonacci fellows will perform their postdoctoral research in one of the I-CORE in Algorithms institutions. Salaries and benefits are competitive and assistance with visas and housing will be provided.

The selection Committee (3 members, from the CNR, the I-CORE in Algorithms and the Embassy of Italy in Israel) will choose between applicants, on the basis of the above criteria.

The selected candidates will submit a brief activity report to the Committee every three months.


The topics of research in I-CORE in Algorithms include (but are not limited to): all variety of algorithms (optimization, online, streaming, approximation, randomized, geometric and more), cryptography, security and privacy, algorithmic game theory, quantum computing, networking and distributed computing, databases, machine learning and computer vision.

The selected candidates will be able to choose which of the center members will be their advisor.

To apply, please send the attached form (as .pdf) by e-mail to both 

  and lucilla.alagna

In addition, applicants should ensure that their recommenders email their letters (as pdf files) to the email addresses above, with the subject line "<candidate_name>: recommendation". (It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the letters are sent; letters will not be solicited directly.)

The deadline is 15th December 2013, 24:00 (at GMT+1)


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