Netherlands: Ph.D. candidate in grid computing’

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The VU University Amsterdam is one of the
leading institutions for higher education in Europe. It is part of
international science networks and collaborates with many major
universities throughout the world. The Faculty of Sciences consists of
four departments, with 650 employees including researchers, lecturers,
full- and part-time professors. In the research group of Computer
Systems, we have a vacancy for a Ph.D. student in the project ‘Ibis:
Large-scale grid computing’.


We are looking for a Ph.D. student to do experimental research in new application domains for the Ibis grid computing system.

Research project

The main goal of the Ibis project ( is to
create an efficient Java-based platform for grid computing. The project
consists of a communication library, a variety of programming models,
the Java Grid Application Toolkit, and the Zorilla peer-to-peer grid
middleware. All components can be deployed on any grid platform, due to
the use of Java. Ibis has been used for many applications, including
search algorithms, multimedia content analysis, video processing, and
many others. Ibis is part of the Dutch Virtual Laboratory for e-Science
(VL-e) project ( The project makes extensive use
of the Distributed ASCI Supercomputer 3 (DAS-3), which is a Dutch
Computer Science grid with a dedicated optical (40 Gb/s) wide-area
interconnect (

The new Ph.D. student is expected to perform experimental research
in new application domains for Ibis. Of particular importance are:
distributed model checking (for which we have a prototype
implementation on wide-area DAS-3), e-Science applications, and cloud
computing. The main aim of the research is to explore the potential
benefits of large-scale distributed supercomputing in new and emerging
application areas, and to expand the capabilities of the Ibis system as
a whole.


University Graduate

A M. Sc. in Computer Science, ample experience with systems
programming, knowledge of parallel computing. Fluent English
reading/writing skills are mandatory.


VU University Amsterdam Faculty of Sciences
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has
been a renowned cultural, scientific and commercial centre for many
centuries. It was here, in 1880, that the VU University Amsterdam first
opened its doors to students. VU stands for ‘Vrije Universiteit’, which
means ‘Free University’. Here, ‘free’ refers to freedom of state and
church interference. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was established in
1880 by orthodox protestants. Nowadays it aims to be inspiring,
innovative and involved.

Throughout the past century, the university has continued to
expand. It now comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities
for 18,000 students.

Click here for an overview of faculties and institutes:

The university campus and university hospital are situated in the
south-western part of Amsterdam, one of the most dynamic and
fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands. The international
airport of Schiphol-Amsterdam is 10 kilometres away, just 8 minutes by
train. With more than fifty undergraduate (or bachelor’s) programmes
and almost a hundred postgraduate (or master’s) programmes, the Vrije
Universiteit Amsterdam offers a wide choice of study options. The
programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to
study, and the teaching staff is easily accessible.

The Faculty of Sciences offers 9 Bachelor’s and
12 Master’s programmes within the disciplines Computer Sciences,
Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry & Pharmacochemistry and
Mathematics. The education programme is strongly connected to the
various research activities. The faculty offers excellent research
facilities in highly specialized laboratories as well as unique
computing facilities.

Conditions of employment

Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: temporary

Additional conditions of employment:

The appointment will be initially for 1 year. If the results are
satisfactory the appointed period will be prolonged for 3 more years,
and is intended to result in a dissertation. You can visit our website for a review of working conditions at the


Gross monthly salary starts at € 2.000,- in the first year and
increases to € 2.558,- in the last year of the appointment, based on a
full-time employment.

Additional Information

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 20-10-2008 by sending your application to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Sciences – Dept. P&O
De Boelelaan 1083-a
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
E-mail address:

Information and application

For more information you can contact Prof. Dr. H.E. Bal, e-mail: (away during 7-29 July) and

Dr. F. Seinstra, e-mail:

Applications including a detailed CV with one or two references should be sent before Oktober 20 , 2008

to the VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Sciences – Dept. P&O, attn. Prof. Dr. H.E. Bal, De Boelelaan

1083-A, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands, or by e-mail: The vacancy number should be mentioned in the
e-mail header or at the upper left corner of the letter and envelope.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 1.2008.00218.


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