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PhD Position in Cloud Computing and Cloud Robotics 100% (4 years)

This position is part of a Horizon Europe Project on hyper-distributed applications and offered in collaboration with the PhD programme of the Faculty of Informatics of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).

School: School of Engineering
Starting date: as soon as possible

Your role

The Distributed Systems (DSY) Group at ZHAW has field-proven expertise in cloud computing and robotics, demonstrated in several national and international projects and publications.

Within the context of the NEPHELE EU project, the DSY group will be involved in the following research and innovation tasks:

  • Orchestration and resource management in Cloud Computing and Edge contexts
  • Advanced cloud storage solutions for the Cloud Continuum
  • Cloud Robotics applications and systems
  • Multi-robot Search and Rescue

Your tasks include:

  • Contributing to the research and development activities in the above fields
  • Collaboration to activities in R&D projects (Switzerland and EU)
  • Assistance to transfer of research results to enterprise contexts / SMEs
  • Advice to students in projects and BSc/MSc theses
  • Publication of results in journals and conferences

The tasks of this PhD project will be conducted within the framework of the existing Ph.D. programme of the Faculty of Informatics at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI). The co-supervision will be carried out by Prof. Dr. Antonio Carzaniga at USI and Dr. Giovanni Toffetti at ZHAW.

Your profile

The prospective PhD student must have completed a master's degree in computer science, informatics, mathematics, or a closely related field prior to joining the program. The successful candidate has a strong theoretical knowledge and a passion for scientific work in the above-mentioned fields and a good command as well as a passion for distributed systems, programming and writing. Good communication skills in English are a prerequisite.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the academic, industry, and technology landscape, identify unsolved problems and propose novel ideas for future activities. Particular emphasis is given to research activities, developing prototypes, experimenting hands-on with systems, and scientific evaluation and documentation of results.

This is what we stand for

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 14'000 students and 3'400 faculty and staff.

The ZHAW School of Engineering with its 14 institutes and centers guarantee superior-quality education, research, and development with focus on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

The PhD title for this position, can be obtained from the Faculty of Informatics at Università della Svizzera Ital-iana (USI) .

Review of applications will start in December 2022, though applications will be accepted until a suitable candiate is found.

Do you have any questions about this position? For additional information, please contact Leonardo Militano, leonardo.militano@zhaw.ch, Giovanni Toffetti, giovanni.toffetticarughi@zhaw.ch, or Thomas Michael Bohnert, thomasmichael.bohnert@zhaw.ch .

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