Post-doctoral researcher position: Magnetic tape storage systems

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Post-doctoral researcher position

Magnetic tape storage systems

Ref. 2019-22

Project description

We are seeking an outstanding post-doctoral researcher for research in state-of-the-art control systems applied to tape storage systems . Magnetic tape storage is rapidly becoming the de facto standard technology for archiving cold data at hyperscale cloud companies and continues to be used extensively for back-up and archiving in data centers. Tape’s success is driven by its cost effectiveness and its potential for continued capacity scaling to meet the current exponential growth in data. Our research aims at developing the technologies that will enable the continued scaling of IBM’s tape storage products to keep up with the explosive growth in data.


The successful candidate should have a strong background in electrical or mechanical engineering with a specialization in control engineering and have excellent skills working hands-on in the laboratory. Familiarity in one or more of the following areas will be useful:

  • H-infinity and state space control
  • System modeling, electronics, mechatronics
  • Knowledge of Matlab, VHDL, C and/or DSP programming languages

The candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team and should have strong written and oral communication skills.

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in Engineering and have a good track record of research. The candidate should be creative and able to meet deadlines. This position is available starting in mid-2019 for a duration of 24 months. The successful candidate 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

If the above position fits your background and if you are interested in this challenging position, please send your complete curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, to

Judith Blanc
HR Business Partner
IBM Research – Zurich
Säumerstrasse 4
8803 Rüschlikon
jko [at] zurich[.]ibm[.]com

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