ICE-DIP kicks off

Last month, Marie Curie Actions* added a new member to its ranks: ICE-DIP (the Intel-CERN European Doctorate Industrial Program). The programme held its kick-off meeting on 18-19 February in Leixlip near Dublin, Ireland, at Intel’s premises.


Building on CERN’s long-standing relationship with Intel in the CERN openlab project, ICE-DIP brings together CERN and industrial partners, Intel and Xena Networks, to train five Early Stage ICT Researchers. These researchers will be funded by the European Commission and granted a CERN Fellow contract while enrolled in the doctoral programmes at partner universities Dublin City University and National University of Ireland Maynooth. The researchers will go on extended secondments to Intel Labs Europe locations across Europe during their three-year training programme.

The primary focus of the ICE-DIP researchers will be the development of techniques for acquiring and processing data that are relevant for the trigger and data acquisition systems of the LHC experiments. This will require the investigation of many new, untested ideas, such as the use of silicon photonics for network links in harsh operating conditions. Developments made by ICE-DIP researchers will be of great interest for CERN’s future computing facility upgrades, other research laboratories and, potentially, many business sectors.

For more information about ICE-DIP, and to find out how to apply for their researcher positions, click here.

*The Marie Curie Actions are European Commission funding schemes that support the career development of researchers and promote European research excellence.

by CERN Bulletin