PhD Student in Computer Science Focusing on Scheduling Theory
Uppsala University Department of Information Technology

PhD Student in Computer Science Focusing on Scheduling Theory

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Subject area: Real-time systems are computer systems that must produce the results of their computations within given timing constraints. Control systems in vehicles are examples of this.

Scheduling theory for real-time systems includes the study of scheduling algorithms, models of processes and computer resources, and algorithms for analyzing models to find out if their timing constraints can be guaranteed.

Scheduling theory is heavily influenced by algorithmics, and has ties to theoretical computer science, for example computational complexity theory. The subject also has ties to applied research in safety-critical embedded systems.

Duties/Project description: The project is to conduct internationally competitive, basic theoretical research in the subject area. This could be to design scheduling algorithms, to find new analysis methods or to classify scheduling problems by their computational complexity, among other things. Especially in multiprocessor scheduling there are big challenges in the area.

A large part of the work is about finding and proving mathematical statements. A high degree of independence is expected from you in this work.

The position is for four years of research, but will typically include 20% teaching extending the time to five years. Around one year of course work is included in this time.

You are expected to be able to teach in English.

Requirements: Candidates should have a Master of Science in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, or equivalent.

As a PhD student you are expected to learn and develop new skills. It is important that you have aptitude, self-motivation and a genuine interest in the subject of computer science. Knowledge in algorithmics and a certain degree of mathematical maturity are expected.

You should be able to express yourself in a structured and intelligible manner. Excellent skills in spoken and written English are required.

Additional qualifications: If you already have skills relating to real-time systems, then that would be welcome, but it is not a requirement. General knowledge of theoretical computer science is welcome. So is experience in writing mathematical proofs and in computer programming.

Application: The application must include a statement (at most 2 pages) of your motivation for applying for this position, including your research interests and a description of relevant skills. The application must also include a CV, degrees and grades (translated to English or Swedish), and a copy of the MSc thesis (or a draft thereof). If applicable, include any publications (and specific descriptions of your own contributions), links to online repositories of code and other artifacts (such as GitHub or Bitbucket) and any other relevant documents. State your earliest possible starting date. Contact information for at least one reference should be provided.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: By agreement.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Pontus Ekberg, phone: +46 18-471 7341, email (preferred):

Please submit your application by 8 March 2021 UFV-PA 2020/5038.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Information Technology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/5038

Last application date: 2021-03-08

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