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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Research Group Communication Technologies
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.11.2020 of a
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Research Group Communication Technologies
Reference number: 11360
We are looking for a highly motivated and bright PhD student with a strong expertise and interest in graph and network algorithms in particular, and in theoretical computer science in general, to join our team around our project on “Fast Algorithms for a Reactive Network Layer”.
Traditionally and still today, communication networks are operated in a rather static and conservative manner. This has good reasons: communication networks constitute a critical infrastructure of our digital society, and dynamic optimizations always come with risks of instabilities or even outages. However, it is also known that in principle a more dynamic network operation can greatly improve the efficiency of networks: empirical studies show that communication traffic contains much structure, i.e., it is bursty and skewed. More dynamic network operations are also useful to support adaptive policy changes, service relocations, or emerging “self-driving networks". This project is motivated by the desire to leverage the benefits of more flexible network operations but without sacrificing the reliability guarantees of more conservative operations. In fact, we believe that a more adaptive network operation can even improve the dependability of a network.
We aim to lay the theoretical and algorithmic foundations of more adaptive networks, using algorithmic tools from dynamic graph algorithms, approximation algorithms, online algorithms and distributed algorithms. In addition to our theoretical contributions, we also aim to show the practical importance of our approaches (possibly in collaboration with an Internet Service Provider).
The position is shared by the research groups “Theory and Applications of Algorithms”, led by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Monika Henzinger, and “Communication Technologies”, led by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmid. Both research groups are internationally well-known and received ERC grants in the past.
- Participation in research, teaching and administration:
- Participation in research projects / research studies
- Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations
- We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.
- Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
- Supervision of Bachelor and Master students
- Involvement in the organisation of meetings, conferences, symposiums
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration
- Master in Computer Science (or equivalent, e.g., diploma)
- Professional competence in graph and network algorithms, theoretical computer science, optimization
- Methodological competence in algorithm design and analysis, writing rigorous proofs, algorithm engineering
- Didactic competence
- High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- IT user skills
- Ability to work in a team
Desirable qualifications are
- Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning
- Knowledge of university processes and structures
- Experience abroad
- Basic experience in research methods and academic writing
- Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae
- List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
- Short doctoral project proposal
- Degree certificates
Main research field
Special research fields
Theoretical computer science;Distributed systems
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 10.12.2020, mentioning reference number 11360.
For further information please contact Schmid, Stefan +43-1-4277-78610.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.