The Sape Research Group at the University of Lugano is recruiting PhD students for the ParaBoost project. The fully-funded positions include a competitive salary and generous support for conference travel and equipment.
Applicants need to:
The Sape research group is active in research in the area between programming languages, runtime systems, and software engineering, with a focus on the efficiency of software, its users, and its developers. We publish our work in top-tier conferences such as ASPLOS, OOPSLA, ISPASS, PLDI, and, most recently, ECOOP, where we are about to present a novel approach to quantify the algorithmic essence of a software system. We provide an excellent environment for doing high quality research in a highly competent and motivated international team.
The University of Lugano is the youngest university in Switzerland. The Faculty of Informatics, founded in 2004, has quickly become the third-largest Swiss computer science faculty based on the amount of competitive research funding. We are a young, dynamic, and international faculty that is actively contributing top-tier research in several areas, amongst them Programming Languages and Software Engineering. Our faculty collaborates with the Swiss National Supercomputing Center, which is also located in Lugano, and which hosts Switzerland's largest supercomputer. The Faculty of Informatics is home to 21 professors and 100 PhD students. Because our faculty and students come from all over the globe, our working and teaching languages are English.
The city of Lugano is located in Ticino, the Mediteranian part of Switzerland on the southern slope of the Swiss alps, just north of the Italian city of Milan. People in Lugano speak Italian, however, because Ticino is a bustling tourist destination, many locals also speak German and English. The city is located at Lake Lugano, in an area of beautiful mountains and lakes that also includes Lake Como and Lago Maggiore. In summer you can go hiking or mountainbiking starting right in your backyard, or you can sail on our lake. In winter you can go skiing in several local ski resorts, or you can reach world famous resorts such as St. Moritz or Davos in 2 to 3 hours by car. Lugano is connected by direct train lines to the city center of Milan (one hour) and Zurich (3 hour picturesque train ride through the Swiss Alps). Switzerland is currently digging the world's longest railway tunnel to shorten the trip to Zurich to less than 2 hours. If you prefer to spend a weekend at the Italian seaside, you can reach the beautiful Ligurian coast (Cinque Terre) in 3 hours by car.
The application deadline is May 1, 2011, but we will consider applications until the positions are filled. The start date is negotiable. Candidates interested in a position are strongly encouraged to contact Matthias.Hauswirth@usi.ch before submitting an official application. The subsequent official application process is described on the Faculty of Informatics PhD Program Page.
In addition to the application material requested on the official application site, candidates are requested to also submit: