Saturday, June 19, 2010

Post-doctoral research position in Computer Science at University of Neuchatel, Switzerland


A post-doctoral research position is opened at the university of Neuchatel and we invite brilliant Computer Science PhDs to apply. We are looking for a candidate with a good background in systems, networks, dependability, and related fields. This position is in the context of an exciting new European FP7 project, conducted in collaboration with three companies: SAP Germany, Yahoo! Spain, Epsilon Italy, and the University of Dresden, Germany.

The position is funded for a one to two-year duration, with possible extension. Applicants must have a PhD in Computer Science at the time they start the position, be fluent in English and have good abilities to work in an international research project. Significant software production in one of the dependability, large-scale middleware, security, etc. domains is undeniably a plus.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Etienne Riviere (, including:
(a) Curriculum vitae;
(b) List of 3-4 reference persons and their e-mail addresses (we ask for recommendation letters ourselves);
(c) Transcripts of graduate studies and PhD defense reports; and
(d) Links to Masters and PhD thesis, and publications. Please send both a comprehensive list of publications as well as the list of the three ones that you consider the most important.

All documents must be in pdf format.

Before submitting an application, please verify that the call is still open by checking this link:

The deadline for submitting an application is July the 15th. Please contact us if you are have any question and/or particular requirements.


This work takes place in the context of the adoption of cloud computing solutions as the infrastructure of choice for supporting the computational and communication needs of companies. In such settings, business information and processing are spread over a large set of dynamic computing resources, geographically and administratively distributed between the company, its business partners and cloud resources providers. Data sources, processing, storage, etc. operate at partners and providers onto which different levels of trust are established.

The European FP7 project SRT-15 targets a significant advance in the scalability and dependability of cloud-enabling technologies. Another major goal is to allow the integration of private and public clouds while preserving data integrity and privacy, and protecting the business intelligence that could be derived from the communication workflow of applications running on the cloud.

The project proposes content-based routing and complex event processing as key mechanisms for supporting these large-scale and complex applications. In particular, the interaction of the multiple services that compose the global application will be made easier and more scalable. The project favors validation on real-world applications in collaboration with our industrial partners.

Work description

The postdoc researcher will participate and lead some of the effort in the content-based routing, complex event processing, dependability and privacy working groups of the projects. The guidelines objectives of the projects will be on dependability, privacy, scalability and large-scale evaluation.

This position involves advising PhD students and taking a leading role in some of the project's tasks.

To allow the use of resources that are heterogeneous in capacities, interfaces and trust levels, we will develop an infrastructure abstraction layer that allows transparent deployment of the project's components on various infrastructures. The next task is to design and evaluate content-based routing mechanisms that target fault tolerance and scalability. Noteworthy, these routing mechanisms shall be able to preserve the privacy of both the data and the workflow of the application (as expressed by content-filtering criteria that are given to the system), by using privacy-preserving filtering mechanisms also developed in the project.


The University of Neuchatel is settled in a beautiful landscape of lake and mountains that offers a friendly atmosphere to about 4,000 students. The city of Neuchatel belongs to the French-speaking part of Switzerland and is located at the border of the German-speaking part of the country. The university offers four academic disciplines: Humanities, Science, Theology, and Law & Economics. Courses at the computer science department are taught in English, in the context of the BFN Masters in computer science. For more information, visit

Entrance upon
October 1st, 2010

Duration of appointment
1 or 2 years

Contact address

Dr. Etienne Riviere
Universite de Neuchatel
Faculte des sciences
Institut d’informatique
Rue Emile-Argand 11
CH-2009 Neuchatel


Link to the university Website

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