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.
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
### 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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