Switzerland: Funded PhD Student Positions at The Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano

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The University of Lugano, Switzerland invites applications for the PhD
program in Informatics. The new Faculty of Informatics, founded in
October 2004, provides an exciting environment in which to develop a
research career. The successful student will gain a broad knowledge and
understanding of the general field of informatics, as well as an
in-depth specialization in an area of interest. Working with one or
more members of the Faculty, the student will contribute original,
useful, and scientifically valid ideas in their chosen area of
research. In addition, the student will have an opportunity to
participate in the educational mission of the Faculty. Current reserach
interests of the Faculty include all aspects of distributed systems,
software engineering, networking, and security. These research
interests will rapidly expand as the Faculty doubles in size over the
next two years. Construction of a state-of-the-art building to house
the Faculty of Informatics will begin later this year. Lugano is a
beautiful city situated in southern Switzerland, an hour away from

Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive.
Applicants are admitted based on their research interests and
experience, potential for success in the program, and compatibility
with current needs of the Faculty.

The official language of the Ph.D. program is English.

In order to be admitted, the applicant must have completed a Masters
degree in computer science, informatics, or a closely related field
prior to joining the program.

Applications for admission to the Ph.D. program are reviewed three
times per year. Admission is typically for the Winter semester
(commencing in October).

Application Deadline Approximate Notification Date Start Date
15 January 31 January Spring semester (March)
15 March 31 March Fall semester (October)
15 June 30 June Fall semester (October)

Students must complete their applications to arrive on or before the
appropriate deadline, and will be notified of acceptance or rejection
by the approximate notification date.

The application for admission to the Informatics Ph.D. program consists of the following completed materials.

  • General USI Ph.D. application
  • At least one (but preferably two) letter(s) of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities (e.g., a thesis advisor).

    Please note that the letter of recommendation must be sent by the recommender under separate cover.

  • A one- or two-page statement of purpose, written in English
    by the applicant, describing: the applicant’s motivation for obtaining
    a Ph.D. degree; how the applicant acquired fluency in English; any
    particular research interests; any prior research experience; reason
    for applying to the USI program; and current plans for a professional
    career after obtaining the Ph.D. degree.

Completed application materials should be mailed to the following address.

Ph.D. Admissions
Faculty of Informatics
University of Lugano
Via G. Buffi 13
6904 Lugano, Switzerland

Financial Assistance

Most students in the Ph.D. program
are supported as assistants. The support covers tuition and provides a
stipend. Responsibilities of assistants include both teaching and
research duties. Generally students receive support as long as funds
are available and the student is making adequate progress through the
program (as described in the regulations).


Please contact Ms. Laura Harbaugh
(laura.harbaugh@lu.unisi.ch) for further information on the Ph.D.
program and admission process.


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