PhD University of Zürich, Zvicer

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Postuar me: 14/05/2012 4:57pm

Afati: 06/06/2012

Niveli: PhD

Lemia: Shkenca Kompjuterike



Vendi: Zvicer | Gjuha: Angleze

Research Assistant - PhD Student
Two positions in Computer Science (3D Graphics and Visualization)


Job Summary
Open positions for PhD students in the area of real-time 3D graphics and interactive scientific visualization at the University of Zürich. The positions are for a PhD student participating in a SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) funded project or an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in an EU-FP7 Marie Curie Actions Initial Training Network.


The open positions are for a research assistantships in a PhD program in computer science with a focus on interactive 3D computer graphics and large scale scientific visualization. With the continuing advances in data acquisition and simulation techniques, increasingly large 3D data sets have to be processed and interactively displayed for real-time visual exploration. The emphasis of the open positions is on the advancement of parallel rendering systems and thus puts an increased focus on parallel algorithms and computing, specifically in the context of real-time 3D graphics and interactive visualization. 

On the part of the applicant, the positions require interest not only in graphics but also in systems level aspects of parallel distributed rendering frameworks. Thus a strong interest and good skills in learning new programming frameworks, 3rd-party code and in the application domains is required, as the targeted research projects build on other and previously developed systems. Good C++, 3D graphics and distributed systems programming skills are required.


The activities of the positions not only include research and continuing education for PhD students, but also support in teaching as well as administrative tasks. The main goal is to conduct excellent research generating results which are published and presented in top international journals and conferences, and to eventually work towards achieving a PhD degree through writing a doctoral dissertation. 

The University of Zurich (UZH) is a top internationally recognized research university with faculties in medicine, humanities, economics as well as mathematical and natural sciences. UZH is the largest university in Switzerland and ranked among the top world leading research universities, e.g. according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and has recently been ranked top 15 in Europe. The Department of Informatics (IFI) covers major computer science and information management research and teaching topics, it offers BSc, MSc as well as PhD degrees in computer science. 

The Visualization and MultiMedia Lab (VMML) and IFI, are located in the vibrant city of Zürich as part of the university’s new Nord-Campus in Oerlikon in a renovated modern office building. The UZH Nord- Campus is conveniently located a short walk off the Max-Bill Platz, center of the new trendy living, shopping and business district New Oerlikon, as well as near the Oerlikon train, S-Bahn and tram stations. 

Also the Zürich international airport (ZRH) is reachable within minutes with public or private transportation. The DIVA project involves frequent interactions, internships, workshops and summer schools with the other international network partners. Hence the workplace of that ESR position incorporates short stays at other research labs and companies in other European countries and cities (i.e. Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France and Hungary).


Prof. Dr. Renato Pajarola
Department of Informatics
University of Zürich
Binzmühlestrasse 14
Zürich 8050
tel +41 44 635 4370
fax +41 44 635 6809



Visualization and MultiMedia Lab



Research assistants, PhD students are paid according to local university regulations. Appointments will be made with respects to standard university rules, same applies for fringe benefits and vacation days. ESR fellows are remunerated according to EU-FP7 regulations for Marie Curie ITNs as well as according to local host regulations. The salary includes a minimum gross annual salary of 38’000€ plus an additional monthly mobility allowance and top-up payments from UZH.


The SNF position is remunerated according to SNF and university regulations.


It is the goal to offer an equal opportunity workplace environment in these projects and as part of this we strongly encourage women to apply. Specific benefits include flexible working hours, young scientist promotion opportunities, parental leave benefits, nursery services and care for dependents and much more.



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For application and further information contact: Prof. Renato Pajarola,
See also the research groups website at



A MSc degree in computer science or closely related area from a research university is required to enter the PhD program of UZH, a prior focus on 3D graphics and visualization is highly beneficial.

The prospective candidates are supposed to have an excellent background in computer science and systems as well as strong mathematical skills and practical experience with computer graphics and visualization. Exposure to parallel programming and distributed systems is also welcome. Strong interests in numerical methods and collaboration with domain scientists is of further importance as well.

Applications must include a detailed CV/resume, information of university level educational background and practical work experience in computer science, a short statement of motivation and clear exposition of prior graphics and visualization experience. Certified copies of transcripts, degrees and reference letters may eventually be required.


Dates and More
• Entrance is subject to the successful evaluation of candidates
• Duration is expected to be about 4 years for PhD students


Prof. Dr. Renato Pajarola
Visualization and MultiMedia Lab
Department of Informatics, University of Zürich
Binzmühlestrasse 14
8050 Zürich