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Our aim is to actively increase our gender balance in both our department and division. We therefore strongly encourage female applicants for our positions. As an employee at Chalmers and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, you are given the opportunity to contribute to our active work within the field of equality and diversity. We are working broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence.

Information about the research and the project
Computing technology is at a challenging inflection point where transistor scaling is tapering off and where increased performance must come from novel use of hardware resources as accelerators. At the same time, data-centric applications are driving the computing scene with AI and Data Analytics being an important application driver. A new project focusing on systems composed of multiple Processing in Memory (PIM) chips realizing a parallel computer is being launched. The goal is to investigate principles for a new data centric programming model in which computations move to data instead of data moving to processing units. The vision is that by moving computation close to the memory, it will be possible to substantially increase performance as expensive data transfers can be avoided. The challenge, however, is in understanding the principles for how to support the new programming model in a way that both ease programming and take advantage of the PIM model.

The project will be run in the Division of Computer Engineering within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The High-Performance Computer Architecture Group, within the Division of Computer Engineering, under the leadership of Professor Per Stenström, is conducting frontier research on design principles for the next generation computer systems. To ease the programming task and yet achieve high and predictable computational performance at as high an energy efficiency as possible is an important objective in the knowledge generation process that the group contributes with. To this end, the group has a solid track record and a long-term focus on contributing to design principles of parallel computers. Four faculty members, two postdocs and thirteen PhD students are engaged in research in computer architecture.

International students rate the Chalmers educational experience as one of the best in Europe, according to results from the International Student Barometer. The quality of teaching and assessment receives particular praise. Additionally, when asked if the University was overall ‘a good place to be’, students’ responses put Chalmers at number one in the world. Chalmers is launching a MSc program in High-Performance Computer Systems and in Data Science, putting the topic of this PhD project in the center of gravity of educational efforts.

Major responsibilities
As a PhD student at Chalmers, you have a five-year employment to carry out the research and course work needed to obtain a PhD degree. In addition, you will be helping out with teaching task to an amount of 20% of your time typically as a teaching assistant.

Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English. 

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering or equivalent and with high grades in relevant courses and especially Computer Architecture.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190625 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31st December, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Per Stenström
Phone: +46 31-772 1761

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