Wanted: Senior Researcher / Researcher in Cloud Native Applications

The Service Engineering (SE, blog.zhaw.ch/icclab) group at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) / Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) in Switzerland is seeking applications for a full-time position at its Winterthur facility.

The successful candidate will work in the Service Prototyping Lab (SPLab) and will contribute to the Cloud Native Applications (CNA) research initiative, see https://blog.zhaw.ch/icclab/category/research-approach/themes/cloud-native-applications/

Comprehensive responsibility is provided with respect to contributing to the CNA research agenda and the respective team. 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 developing prototypes, operation of novel systems and architectures, and assessing their performance. The position will also involve publishing, for example by writing publications, contributing to standards, presenting at developer meetups, etc.

Particular knowledge in the following areas is appreciated:

  • Microservices and cloud-native design patterns
  • Docker and container technologies
  • Kubernetes and other container management solutions
  • Distributed systems
  • Networking
  • IaaS and PaaS solutions APIs (e.g., AWS, OpenShift)
  • Cloud orchestration

The candidate will have the opportunity to establish partnerships with industrial partners, acquire funding for collaborative research, and to devise and transfer research solutions to enterprise contexts.

General Candidate Profile
Applicants must have a PhD or Master’s degree in Computer Science and 2-3 years of professional experience. Knowledge of English is a prerequisite, German a plus but not required. A healthy research curiosity combined with very good software development skills and an interest in novel technologies is expected, as is a demonstrated ability to work in an R&D context.

A level of ambition and a willingness to take ownership and responsibility is very well considered. We expect the candidate to be an internationally oriented, enthusiastic researcher who enjoys working in teams with a healthy mix of scientific and applied ambition.

What we offer
We offer a competitive, technically stimulating, and exciting environment. It is very open, multicultural and diverse comprising of people with all levels of expertise and experience from all over the world. As well as providing an excellent work environment, we provide intellectual liberty, opportunities for applied industrial collaboration, and competitive compensation based on Swiss standards.

Institution Description
ZHAW is one of the largest and most productive universities of applied sciences in Switzerland, with a strong presence both nationally and internationally. Among ZHAW’s distinguishing features are interdisciplinary research & development and a close connection to everyday working practice. About 11’000 students are enrolled at ZHAW in a total of 26 Bachelor’s degree programmes and 14 consecutive Master’s programmes. The university also offers a broad range of continuing education courses, including over 30 Master’s of Advanced Studies programmes. 30 institutes at ZHAW network their resources to provide businesses and industry with customised services. The InIT (Institute of Applied Information Technology) offers a broad spectrum of competencies in the area of distributed software systems, human-information interaction, information security, information engineering and service engineering.

Contact Information
To submit your complete application (CV, motivation letter, references), e-mail us with the subject reference “Wanted: Researcher Cloud Native Applications to: E-mail: thomas.bohnert[at]zhaw.ch

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