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A colleague wrote a wonderful advertise (see below) for some of the

(permanent) positions presently open at my university. One of these

is on the *Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science*. UFRN is one

of the very few universities in Brazil where logicians may be found at

the departments of Informatics, Philosophy and Mathematics (and even

the present rector of the university used to work as a logician). We

would very much welcome another logician to strengthen our ranks.

The topics for the written exam and for the didactics exam may be found at:

http://tinyurl.com/DIMAp-FMC

As you can see, we are looking for someone with a solid background on

Universal Algebra and Set Theory, and willing to teach Discrete Math

to undergrad computer science students.

The initial salaries are pretty competitive, and range around 4,000

USD / 3,000 EUR a month.

Candidates should feel free to write directly to me in case of any

doubts. Best,

Joao Marcos

---------- Forwarded message ----------

We would like to announce the opening of two faculty positions at

UFRN, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, in Brazil. The

positions are at DIMAp, the Department of Informatics and Applied

Mathematics. One position is for Mathematical Foundations of Computer

Science; the other for Numerical Methods, with a bias towards

Scientific Computing. The selection process is through a formal

concours. The caveat is that some knowledge of Portuguese is required

in the concours. However, as you will see in the detailed information

below, you may find it worthwhile to go through the burden.

Teaser about Natal: Natal, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do

Norte, is located at a northeast corner of Brazil, 5º South of the

Equator line. As such, the city is sunny all year around though with

an amenable weather due to winds blowing from the ocean. With amazing

beaches of warm water both in the city itself and nearby, it has been

a paradise for foreign tourists. In the last decades it has received a

considerable amount of Europeans, that decided to leave here, such as

Germans, Italians, Spaniards among others. With a population of around

1 million inhabitants, it is provided with the infrastructure of a

large but not too large city on the one hand, and with the fun of a

resort on the other. There are plenty of interesting restaurants

offering typical Brazilian, international and regional northeast food,

from seafood to a rich variety of tropical fruits and their juices.

More information can be found in

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natal,_Rio_Grande_do_Norte.

About UFRN and DIMAp: UFRN, the Federal University of Rio Grande do

Norte, is located in a central point at the east side of Natal,

backing the Parque das Dunas, a large area of natural preservation

between the city and the coastal line. It is a well regarded

university in Brazil with active departments in most areas of

knowledge. DIMAp, the Department of Informatics and Applied

Mathematics, hosts undergraduate programs in Computer Science and in

Software Engineering. It maintains close ties with the departments of

Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Engineering and Automation, the

School of Sciences and Technology, the Institute of Neurosciences, and

the so called Institute Metrópole Digital, the entrance point to

undergraduate students in Informatics. Its Graduate Program in Systems

and Computation is active in areas such as Mathematical Foundations of

Computer Science, Logic, Theory of Computation, Languages, Artificial

Intelligence, Machine Learning, Algorithms, Computer Graphics, Image

Processing and Scientific Computing, to cite only those areas more

closely related to the positions we are announcing. You can find about

DIMAp at http://dimap.ufrn.br/en (most of the information is in

Portuguese) and about UFRN at http://www.ufrn.br.

About the position of Mathematical Foundations of Computing: The exams

will check proficiency on topics related to: Modular Arithmetic;

Recurrence Relations; Counting; Set Theory; Order and Equivalence

Relations; Well-founded Relations; Lattices; Universal Algebra; First

Order Logic; Computability. For more details see

http://www.sistemas.ufrn.br/shared/verArquivo?idArquivo=2173029&key=8b8b...

About the position of Numerical Methods (with a bias towards

Scientific Computing): The exams will check proficiency on topics

related to: Errors; Real Zeros of Functions; Solution of Linear and

Non-linear Equation Systems; Interpolation and Polynomial

Approximation; Least Squares Curve Fitting; Numerical Differentiation

and Integration; Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations;

Stochastic Simulation; Monte Carlo and Markov Methods; Discrete

Fourier Transform, FFT, Wavelets; Optimization, Optimality Conditions.

For the didactic exam the candidate will be required to prepare and

give a lecture on applications or related topics to the

aforementioned. For more details see

http://www.sistemas.ufrn.br/shared/verArquivo?idArquivo=2173027&key=f30a...

Earnings: The initial monthly salary (as of October, 2014) is R$

8,717.64 (Brazilian Reals), with an extra 13th salary granted by law,

45 days vacation a year, stability after a probationary period of 36

months (not really like an US tenure track scare) and a career plan

which I, of course, would not try to explain here even if I fully

understood it.

Duties and research: If you are selected and take either position, you

will be required to teach 8 to 12 hours a week during regular

semesters (8 hours if you join the graduate program) in the area of

the concours, plus some expected service to the department. You will

be free to decide about your research activities, though, of course,

we would much appreciate collaboration with other faculty members and

established groups.

The selection process: The selection process (concours) requires the

physical presence of the candidates for a period of usually less than

a week, and is composed of a) Written exam; b) Didactic exam

(preparing and teaching a lecture with the topic chosen 24 hours

before the lecture); c Defense of a Descriptive Memorial of past

academic and professional achievements and future plans as a faculty

member; d) Analysis of Academic Production. The prospective candidate

is urged to read carefully the detailed regulations ("Edital") of the

selection process available at

http://progesp.ufrn.br/concurso.php?id=138017776.

Dates: Once the application process is finished, the organizing

committees will decide the more convenient dates to run the exams and

the calendar will be publicized (starting November 28, 2014) at

www.progesp.ufrn.br (Menu Concursos) e www.sigrh.ufrn.br (Menu

Concursos). This period, which as we mentioned above is typically of

about one week, will be between December 08 and December 23, 2014. The

candidate is required to be physically present during this period to

participate in the process.

A note on the language requirement: Unfortunately, it is a requirement

due to internal regulations of the University that the written test be

in Portuguese. So you will need some proficiency to be able to

understand the questions.

The application process: The application should be made from October

06 to October 30, 2014 (Brazilian time) at www.sigrh.ufrn.br (Menu

Concursos). In order to apply for the Numerical Methods (Scientific

Computing) choose "Cálculo Numérico"; for Mathematical Foundations of

Computing choose "Ciência da Computação". Payment of a fee of R$

220.00 will be required.

Once you are selected: You will be required to validate your diplomas

for graduate and undergraduate studies before taking the position, but

we can help you on that when the times come.

Give it a try! Our best advice in case you are at least considering

applying is that you plan for a three weeks vacation in Natal,

starting at the beginning of December. In any case you won't regret.

Contacts:

For general inquires about this announcement you can contact Carlos A.

Prolo at prolo@dimap.ufrn.br

For the position in Mathematical Foundations of Computing, contact

João Marcos at jmarcos@dimap.ufrn.br

For the position in Numerical Methods, contact Bruno Motta de Carvalho

at bruno@dimap.ufrn.br

Department Chair: Nélio Cacho at chefia_dimap@dimap.ufrn.br

Best Regards and I hope to see you around in December

Carlos A. Prolo

DIMAp/UFRN

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