PhD Candidate positions: Systems for large-scale machine learning

WorkplaceZurich, Zurich Region, Switzerland


Ref. 2018-35

About the position

The Cloud Storage and Analytics team at IBM Research - Zurich is conducting state-of-the-art research related to systems for large-scale machine learning. Our work includes design, optimization, and implementation of systems and frameworks for high-performance machine learning in scale-out and cloud environments. The group is working at the intersection of cloud systems and machine learning research, with expertise on fast storage, network, and distributed systems as well as on algorithm design for machine learning. The team has a track record of direct impact on the IBM public Cloud, including a data-storage service that is optimized for nonvolatile storage , as well as a service that accelerates popular ML models on modern CPU/GPU computing systems

We are seeking outstanding students to contribute to the above research topics. The students will be conducting work towards a PhD thesis while working at IBM Research. Students will need to enroll at an accredited university and have an academic advisor at the institute.


Candidates are expected to have the following background and interests

  • MSc in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related field
  • Excellent programming skills (C++, Python, C)
  • Strong distributed systems and operating systems background
  • Practical experience with machine-learning frameworks
  • Experience with cloud environments, continuous integration frameworks, and adherence to coding standards
  • Proven track record of conducting independent research
  • Self-motivated and passionate about problem-solving
  • Excellent written and oral communication and teamwork skills

Positions are available immediately. The successful candidates will enjoy an internationally competitive salary and work in a collaborative and creative group in an exclusive research environment.


IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. With us you will find an open, multicultural environment. Excellent flexible working arrangements enable both women and men to strike the desired balance between their professional development and their personal lives.

How to apply

Candidates with the background and interests listed above are encouraged to send their CV including publication list and references to:

Judith Blanc
HR Partner
IBM Research - Zurich
Säumerstrasse 4
8803 Rüschlikon
Switzerland ,
In your application, please refer to
and reference  JobID 41074.

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