Distributed Computing and Systems Research Group
Computer Science and Engineering Department

Chalmers University of Technology
Gothenburg, Sweden

PhD student position in Distributed Algorithms for Dynamic Networks

The Department has 76 faculty members and enrolls about 70 PhD students from more than 30 countries. The research spans the whole spectrum, from theoretical underpinnings to applied systems development. There is extensive national and international collaboration with academia and industry all around the world.


Information about the division

The Distributed Computing and Systems research group conducts research with high-impact internationally on the design and analysis of distributed algorithms and systems, fault tolerance (with emphasis on self-stabilization and game theory), runtime systems, and parallel algorithms for many-core systems. The group is running a set of national and international projects in the area and in particular on dynamic networks.


Job description

The research focuses on the design of algorithms for dynamic systems and networks with an emphasis on the analysis of their properties, such a running time, resource consumption and fault tolerance. The project's context is on the algorithmic design of communication protocols for mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), replication schemes for MANETs, algorithmic support for entity cooperation and reliable distributed assessment of global or local system state. This work involves both the system algorithmic design and the innovation of new solution concepts for faulty behavior, such as Byzantine, selfish, etc.


The employment is expected to start autumn 2011 (small deviations are negotiable). As a Ph.D. student you are employed by Chalmers and will receive a salary according to current salary agreements (starting salary at present: approx. 25000 SEK before taxes). A maximum of 20% of your time will be devoted to other duties at the department, mainly teaching. The remaining time will be devoted to your own courses and research within the project and you are expected to obtain a Ph.D. within a maximum of 5 years.



Applicants shall have a Master's Degree or corresponding (Sw. civilingenjörsexamen) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or in a related discipline. As for all PhD studies, a genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical and communication skills, orally as well as literally, are needed. Further, since the research work normally involves developing and testing analytical techniques, good programming skills are important. A successful candidate should have a profound interest in distributed algorithms and programming for wireless communication systems.


It will be very useful if your application includes parts of your own work, such as theses and articles that you have authored or co-authored. Please notice also that it is highly recommended that you include or e-mail letters of recommendation; we typically get a large number of applications, and it is not feasible for us to request individual letters.


You may apply even though you might not have completed your degree yet, but expect to do so before the position starts. Knowledge of Swedish is not a prerequisite for applying since English is our working language for research, and we publish internationally. Both Swedish and English are used in undergraduate courses. Half of our researchers and PhD students at the department come from more than 30 different countries.


Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20110169 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as three pdf-files, as below:

  1. Application:

- CV,

- attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents, English language test, e.g. TOEFL score,

- letters of recommendation from academic institutions and/or previous employers (optional),

  1. A letter of application detailing your specific qualifications for the position

- maximum one A4 page

  1. Publications:

- relevant work such as bachelor's or master's thesis (or outline of a thesis under preparation).

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).


For questions, please contact:

Research level: Elad Michael Schiller, e-mail: [log in to unmask]

Doctoral education level: Jan Jonsson, e-mail: [log in to unmask]

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