PhD Position in High-Performance Computing in Computational Science


We are looking for PhD students with a strong interest in high-performance parallel computing to join our Institute of Computational Science at the University of Lugano (Switzerland). This position are part of an ongoing research effort to develop a code generation and autotuning framework for parallel iterative stencil computations on modern microarchitectures that is used for structured grid computations in computational science.


Our group is especially interested in highly motivated students who might have experience in

  • a sound technical background, particularly in numerics and some depth in at least one systems area (architecture, compilers, programming languages, operating systems);
  • experience in high-performance parallel algorithms and programming, e.g., performance analysis, experience with "specialized" machine architectures such as clusters, multicore systems, and/or GPUs;
  • solid English speaking and writing skills;


The research group of Prof. Olaf Schenk has strong expertise in high-performance computing, scientific computing with multicores and accelerators, in particular emerging many-core architectures, and combinatorial scientific computing. You will be working in a highly stimulating international research environment within an interdisciplinary team of the University of Lugano and the Swiss Center of Supercomputing (CSCS). You will also have the opportunity to attend and to contribute to international conferences. The salary offered is according to the guidelines of the SNF. The position is available immediately; starting date upon agreement.

Application Deadline

November 15, 2011, yet applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Please submit your application electronically in PDF format, including copies of degrees, grades, CV and the names of two references to:

Prof. Olaf Schenk
Institute of Computational Science
University of Lugano, Switzerland
Email until December 2011:
Email as of January 2012:

Further Information or Inquiries

ICS ( at the Univerista della Svizzera italiana (University of Lugano) provides a unique research environment in the fields of mathematical modeling and high performance methods in numerical simulation. Strong competences in modeling, mathematics, simulation and information science come together in an open and application oriented atmosphere. Exploiting the capabilities of modern supercomputers, increasingly complex problems can be tackled - covering a very broad spectrum of disciplines, from exact and natural sciences to economics and social sciences, including biomedical, environmental, materials, and engineering sciences. Within the Swiss Platform for High Performance and High Productive Computing (HP2C), the core project group concentrates the basic competences in computational sciences required to support the development of high-performance high productivity applications.