Senior Research Scientist

IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland
Senior Research Scientist

Distributed Computer Systems

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IBM Research Europe - Zurich is one of IBM’s 12 global research labs. Our mission comprises cutting-edge research for tomorrow’s information technology and inventing what’s next in computing. Our activities include applied research in the areas of Hybrid Cloud, AI, Security, and Quantum computing as well as fundamental science research. We cultivate close relationships with academic and industrial partners and are part of the local and global scientific community to help drive Europe’s innovation agenda.

We are seeking an outstanding and passionate Senior Research Scientist to join our team. You will play an essential role in developing bleeding-edge cloud-first storage solutions and supporting our research teams in a highly collaborative and international research environment. If you’re excited about driving groundbreaking systems work, solving complex problems, and supporting other team members, we want to hear from you.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Being the technical lead of a team building and enhancing IBM products and technologies.
  • Mentoring both researchers and software developers, offering guidance and experienced thinking.
  • Collaborating with external industry and academic partners and applying for external funding.

The minimum requirements for this role are as follows:

  • Ph.D. in computer science coupled with a strong publication record in a relevant systems area.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience after graduation.
  • Experience leading either research or development teams.

To excel in this role, the following qualifications are desired:

  • Hands-on experience with distributed storage systems (e.g., Ceph, Spectrum Scale).
  • Deep understanding of the modern IO stack (e.g., io_uring/SPDK, CXL, ZNS/FDB storage extensions).
  • Knowledge of modern non-volatile media technologies and the internals of NVMe SSDs.
  • Experience with cloud virtualization technologies such as the Kubernetes or OpenShift platforms.
  • Strong teamwork skills and a desire to contribute and help proactively.


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

How to apply

If you are excited to be a part of IBM Research’s mission to shape the future of technology, please submit your CV and motivation reasons.

For technical questions, please contact Dr. Radu Stoica, Manager Infrastructure Software at .
In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 64437.

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