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Pierre-Louis Roman <[log in to unmask]>
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Pierre-Louis Roman <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 11 May 2021 14:27:52 +0200
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Dear all, please find below a PhD job offer on the topic of 
hardware/software co-designs for datacenter distributed system acceleration.

Link to this offer: https://www.inf.usi.ch/postdoc/roman/hiring/


### Job description

The Software Systems (SWYSTEMS) group at Università della Svizzera 
italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland, in cooperation with SAP, has an 
open PhD position to work on the efficiency and scalability of 
distributed systems in data centers. Approaches that combine both 
hardware and software aspects of the infrastructure to address 
distributed system requirements are of particular interest.

Candidates are expected to have a strong background and interest in 
distributed systems and/or latest data center hardware. Candidates 
wishing to focus on practical systems research should have solid 
implementation skills while candidates wishing to pursue theoretical 
research should have a deep understanding of the theory of distributed 

Demonstrated experience with the inner workings of existing distributed 
coordination services (e.g. Zookeeper) or datacenter network hardware 
designs (NIC, switches), is an advantage. Candidates with such 
experience, whether practical or theoretical, are strongly encouraged to 
highlight it in their application.

### About

The SWYSTEMS group led by Prof. Patrick Eugster is part of the novel 
Computer Systems Institute recently established at USI. The group 
conducts research in the fields of networked distributed systems and 
programming languages and in particular at the intersection of the two. 
The group’s visibility and impact are demonstrated for instance by a 
highly competitive Distributed Systems Research Award by Facebook in 
2020, competitive public funding (e.g., European Research Council, Swiss 
National Science Foundation), as well as strong collaborations in 
academia (e.g., TU Darmstadt, Purdue University) and industry (e.g., 
Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems). In particular, the present position is 
part of a larger collaboration between USI and SAP, which includes the 
possibility of spending time at SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf.

The Faculty of Informatics of USI is one of the top computer science 
departments in Switzerland with over 50 professors and lecturers. The 
Faculty offers highly competitive salaries (47k-50k CHF yearly gross for 
PhD students) and opportunities to participate in the educational 
mission of the Faculty.

The Faculty is located in Lugano within a 10-minute walk from the city 
center and lake. Lugano is the largest city in the italian-speaking 
canton of Ticino and is very well connected: by car/train Milan is 1 
hour away and Zürich 2 hours away, along with their respective 
international airports.

### Application instructions

Candidates should have a Master’s degree, strong analytical abilities, 
good communication skills (including proficiency in spoken and written 
English), and a passion for academic research.

Candidates are requested to submit their applications via email to Prof. 
Patrick Eugster ([log in to unmask]) and Patrick Jahnke ([log in to unmask]) 
using the subject “Application to PhD in DS/HW”. Applications must 
include a CV, the names and contact information of 3 references, and a 
1-page motivation letter that should include what the applicant can 
uniquely bring to this position and what he/she expects to learn from 
this PhD. Screening will start immediately and continue until the 
position is filled. Informal questions on the position are welcome 
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