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Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Project SMASH, led by the University of Nova Gorica, is opening its 3rd international call for applications. Newly selected postdoctoral fellows will join the community of 26 SMASH Fellows selected in two previous calls to conduct research using machine learning methods at five leading Slovenian research institutions.

The SMASH project opened its 3rd call and is now accepting applications for SMASH postdoctoral research projects with the aim to hire up to 18 top-level scientists to work on advancing application of sophisticated machine learning/artificial intelligence tools in research.

The SMASH project, an innovative, inter-disciplinary career-development training program, is dedicated to bring to Slovenia outstanding postdoctoral researchers from around the globe. Centred on developing cutting-edge machine learning applications for science and humanities, SMASH bridges five top-level institutions in Slovenia: University of Nova Gorica, University of Ljubljana, Jožef Stefan Institute, Institute of Information Science (IZUM), and the governmental Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO) and is benefitting from the VEGA, one of Europe’s largest High-Performance Computers. Alongside its 25 associated partners, including the most innovative Slovenian businesses and prestigious academic institutions worldwide, SMASH is the first EU COFUND project coordinated by a Slovenian organization – the University of Nova Gorica. SMASH funds individual advanced research projects, including training and career development, offering 50 selected fellows a 2-year fellowship at one of Slovenia's leading research institutions. Additionally, fellows have the opportunity for two secondments, one in Slovenia and another internationally, among SMASH associate partners, emphasizing the program’s interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach.


The third call opened on July 3rd with application submission deadline October 21st 2024.  

There are seven (7) open postoctoral positions at University of Ljubljana Faculty of Computer and Information Science. List of supervisors is available HERE.


In the first two calls the SMASH project hired 26 fellows who work in different SMASH research areas and come from 20 countries and three continents. 15 fellows are from European countries and 11 from non-EU countries, demonstrating SMASH’s worldwide reach and the universal relevance of its research focus. Two of the fellows are Slovenian scientists returning to Slovenia thanks to the SMASH program. The female-to-male ratio among applicants and selected fellows is about 40% and showcases the project's commitment to gender equity and the effectiveness of its double anonymous application review process in promoting fairness.


For more information about SMASH and its ongoing initiatives:  Please visit SMASH Project Website. and our social media and you tube channels.


About SMASH: SMASH is an intersectoral career development training program for postdoctoral researchers, committed to advancing cutting-edge machine learning applications for science and humanities. Developed by a consortium of top-level institutions in Slovenia, SMASH is the first COFUND project coordinated by Slovenian institution, the University of Nova Gorica, and is co-financed by the European Horizon research and development program. The goal of the project is to attract 50 excellent postdoctoral researchers from all over the world in five years, of which at least 40 % are female researchers. The SMASH program focuses on five main research areas:  1.) Data Science - Machine Learning for Scientific Applications; 2.) Fundamental Physics - Machine learning for Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology; 3.) Linguistics - Computing for Human and Animal Communication; 4.) Climate – Machine Learning in Climate Research; 5.) Precision Medicine - Personalised Medicine and Life Sciences.