We are seeking a candidate to conduct research in the context of a funded 3‐year project, starting in 2014, aimed at large‐scale monitoring of the environment, and of the wildlife dwelling in it. To this end, the project employs a mixture of static and mobile (animal‐borne) WSN nodes, which are used in synergy with other monitoring technologies, such as on‐board low‐resolution cameras and remote sensing. As such, the project tackles several open research problems, for instance: protocols supporting opportunistic delivery of data (including camera snapshots) from the mobile WSN nodes; programming approaches enabling users to easily tailor the WSN to their application needs; models and methodologies guiding the integrated acquisition and use of the multi‐scale data provided by remote sensing and on‐ground WSNs.
The successful candidate is expected to propose ideas and lead scientific efforts on the project research topics, and to coordinate the related activities of junior members of the team. The language of the research group is English.
D3S has a successful track of bringing research results into real‐world, long‐term, operational WSN deployments. Examples are the structural health monitoring of a medieval tower, and the closed‐loop control of lighting in a road tunnel, which received Best Paper Awards at IPSN (2009 and 2011) and PerCom (2012).
The Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science is a leading and fast‐growing research institution, characterized by a young and international faculty and by a large, international student population. Indicators for scientific production place the department among the top in Europe. Trento is a vibrant city with a beautifully preserved historic center, consistently ranked at the top for quality of life in Italy. It offers a variety of cultural and sports opportunities all year around, as well as excellent food and wine.
* Ph.D. in computer science, telecommunications, or related fields;
* strong programming and systems skills: hands‐on knowledge of TinyOS and/or Contiki is very welcome, and so is experience with building WSN in‐field deployments;
* knowledge of WSN research: communication issues, MAC and routing protocols, programming platforms;
* good analytical, technical, and problem solving skills;
* good teamwork and organizational skills.
The position is intended to last 2 years (with an intermediate evaluation at 12 months) and can be extended. The indicative start date is February 2014, however other start times can be considered.
The deadline for applications is November 25, 2013.
Applications should contain, in a single PDF document:
* a cover letter stating the applicant’s research goals;
* a detailed CV including publication list;
* names and contact information for three references.
Applications should be sent via e‐mail (subject: “D3S postdoc application”) to gianpietro.picco(AT_symbol)unitn.it. For more information, please contact Prof. Gian Pietro Picco (gianpietro.picco(AT_symbol)unitn.it).
As a side note: Prof. Gian Pietro Picco is attending ACM SenSys in Rome next week, in case any candidate around wants to chat personally about the position and the project.