Switzerland: PhD students in the Business Integration Technologies group

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The IBM Zurich Research Lab is the European branch of IBM’s worldwide
Research division located in Rüschlikon, Switzerland. We conduct
fundamental and applied research that contributes to IBM’s products,
services, and solutions. The Business Integration
group focuses on business process
modeling and management as well as service-oriented architectures.
We are seeking applications for

PhD students

who will join our group throughout the year 2009.


Applicants must have a very solid background in Computer Science,
demonstrated by a University Master’s degree in Computer Science
with very good to excellent grades. During their studies,
they should have acquired expertise in one (or more) of the following

· advanced understanding of algorithms and their
· modeling, semantics and verification of distributed
and concurrent systems,
· theory of programming and compilers,
· logic-based knowledge representation and reasoning, temporal
and reasoning about action.

In addition, very good programming and communications skills (English,
oral and written) will be required. Applicants should like to work
in teams, but also be able to drive a project of their own over
a longer period of time. A strong desire to deeply drill into theory
and implement own concepts is a prerequisite for a successful completion
of a PhD thesis in our group. A demonstrated interest in doing
research, for example by having actively contributed as a student
to a research project, by having written a first publication, or
by a research-oriented Master’s thesis, is a plus.

PhD students at the IBM Zurich Research Lab are offered a contract
for 3 years. An extension to a 4th year is possible depending on
research results achieved by the student. Students are expected
to perform high-quality academic research, while working on an
IBM research project. They will be supervised jointly by an experienced
IBM researcher and a university professor.


IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. With us, you will
find an open, multicultural environment offering both women and
men excellent opportunities to develop their social and professional
skills. Students can explore an international research culture
bringing together academics and industry, understand how IBM is
dedicated to the success of its customers, learn about transferring
research ideas into products, and become familiar with the latest
IT technologies and novelties in IT services. We are especially
encouraging talented female computer scientists to apply.

How to apply

Interested students can send inquiries or should apply
directly by email by sending a CV including all university transcripts
by 1 November 2008 to


Dr.  Jana Koehler
Manager Business Integration Technologies
IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
email: koe@zurich.ibm.com

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