2020 Position Ad

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Postdoc & PhD positions available:

Laboratory for Temporal Logic,
directed by Kristin Yvonne Rozier

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Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
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Multiple fully-funded PhD positions and Postdoc positions are available in the Lab for Temporal Logic, which spans the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, and the Virtual Reality Application Center. Application links are below.

About the Lab:
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The Laboratory for Temporal Logic focuses on foundational advances to formal methods that carry through to really fly. The lab has developed techniques to enable better system specification and model-checking algorithms that scale to verify large, complex systems including NASA’s automated air traffic control system and industrial verification problems at IBM. The lab’s R2U2 verification engine is the only flight-certifiable RV tool capable of embedding in tight spaces post-deployment for real-time anomaly detection and mitigation triggering. R2U2 has flown on UAS, checked ATC ground stations, launched on rockets and small satellites, and embedded into NASA’s Robonaut2 humanoid robot on-board the International Space Station.

See a news article about the lab’s recent projects here: http://laboratory.temporallogic.org/research/blog/?p=300

See award abstracts for NSF grants funding the research here:
Symbolic Model Checking: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2016592&HistoricalAwards=false
Specification and Runtime Verification: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2038903&HistoricalAwards=false

Postdoc Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
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Candidate(s) will conduct world-class research in the area of formal methods, including design-time and/or runtime verification. Topics include defining new specification logic variants, formal requirements elicitation, proving algorithmic complexity and correctness, formal modeling, and algorithmic advances contributing to industrial-shaped instances of symbolic model checking, proving properties of runtime verification, and assuring development and operation of autonomous systems. Candidate is expected to contribute his/her own research ideas and collaborate with the laboratory to conduct independent research. Teaching and/or research-in-education opportunities are available if the candidate desires, but not required.

Program & College Description:
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The postdoc(s) and PhD students will have offices in Howe Hall, a $50 million state-of-the-art teaching and research complex including a Virtual Reality Application Center (vrac.iastate.edu). The College of Engineering consists of 8 departments, with 250+ faculty members and annual research expenditures exceeding $88 million. ISU hosts a booming formal methods community, including many large research groups and prominent researchers working in various areas of formal verification across three departments: computer science, aerospace engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community:
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Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled, and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com). Ames, Iowa has a legendary standing as a great place to live, regularly topping lists for e.g., opportunities for work-life balance, green living, and great infrastructure for cycling.

Postdoc Application Instructions:
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To apply for this position, please:
* send an email to Dr. Kristin Yvonne Rozier (kyrozier@iastate.edu) and attaching a detailed CV with references
* fill in the application: https://isu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/IowaStateJobs/job/Ames-IA/Post-Doc-Research-Associate_R3029-1

The start date is flexible, but we aim to fill the positions as soon as possible.

Applicants must have a PhD in Computer Science or a related subject at the time they start the position, be fluent in English, have good abilities to work in an international setting. The position is initially offered for one or two years, with opportunities for extensions. Salary and benefits at ISU are competitive and commiserate with experience. There are flexible options for remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If desired, there are several opportunities for growing the teaching section of the postdoc’s CV; please specify if you want to explore this option. Possible courses for teaching experiences include a junior-level undergraduate C programming course on robust software engineering practices, numerical algorithms, and good code documentation in LaTeX; or an advanced course in Applied Formal Methods. ISU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers many opportunities for postdocs to learn state-of-the-art teaching best-practices. The ISU Center for Communication Excellence offers individualized training in written and oral communication skills to improve the quality of papers, proposals, and oral presentations. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance a CV for future academic positions.

PhD Application Instructions:
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(1) Apply to the department of choice, where you would like the PhD to be granted:
Aerospace Engineering (Deadline Jan 15): https://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/academics/programs/apresults.php?id=2
Computer Engineering (Deadline Feb 2): https://www.ece.iastate.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/
Computer Science (Deadline Feb 1): https://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/academics/programs/apresults.php?id=32
Mathematics (Deadline Feb 1): https://math.iastate.edu/academics/graduate/math-and-applied-math-graduate-program/gradapply/

(2) Send an email to kyrozier@iastate.edu letting me know which department you applied to.