PhD candidate in Programming Languages and Energy-aware Parallel Computing

Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute

Publication date
8 February 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month
Closing date
4 March 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The System and Network Engineering Lab (SNE) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites applications for a fully funded PhD candidate position in the area of programming languages and energy-aware multi-core computing. The PhD candidate will be involved in the EU Horizon-2020 collaborative research project TeamPlay (Time, Energy and security Analysis for Multi/Many-core heterogenous PLAtforms, coming soon at and work under the supervision of Dr Clemens Grelck and Dr Sebastian Altmeyer.

The SNE Lab conducts research on leading-edge computing systems of all scales, ranging from global-scale systems and networks to embedded devices. Across all scales our particular interest is on extra-functional properties of computer systems, such as performance, energy consumption, reliability, programmability, productivity, trust, and security.

The SNE Lab is part of the Informatics Institute (IvI), which has consistently been ranked among the top 100 computer science departments in the world. The University of Amsterdam is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. Today it is the largest and highest ranked Dutch university.

Project description

With mobile applications, the Internet of Things, and cyber-physical systems on the rise, there is an increasing focus on the energy efficiency of multicore computing applications. Future software must strive for optimal performance while staying within an energy budget and at the same time respecting further non-functional constraints, such as real-time requirements, security, data locality or system criticality.

The EU Horizon-2020 project TeamPlay assembles 11 academic and industrial partners from across Europe to develop innovative techniques that treat non-functional properties of multi-core software, such as execution time, energy usage, dependability, as first-class citizens. Our goal is to enable developers to reason about the functional *and* the non-functional properties of their software at the source code level and to create programs that reflect on their own execution time, energy consumption, etc.

Within the TeamPlay vision the successful candidate will work on novel programming language abstractions, system-level coordination as well as energy- and time-aware mapping and scheduling techniques that together control the execution of componentised applications on parallel and heterogeneous multicore architectures under various constraints.

We expect you to:

  • perform research in the scope of the TeamPlay project;
  • complete and defend a PhD thesis within the appointment duration of four years;
  • collaborate with researchers from the SNE lab and the international project consortium;
  • regularly present research results at international conferences and workshops;
  • publish research results in proceedings and journals;
  • assist in relevant teaching activities including supervision of BSc/MSc graduation projects.


  • MSc in computer science or a closely related subject;
  • preferably prior experience in one or more of the following fields: programming language design and implementation, parallel computing, computer architecture, energy-aware computing;
  • fluency in oral and written English;
  • good presentation skills;
  • strong programming skills in C/C++.

Further information

You may direct informal enquiries to:


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of 4 years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). The initial appointment is for 18 months with extension subject to satisfactory evaluation. An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week) the gross salary will range from €2,222 (first year) up to a maximum of €2,840 (last year). The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. Additional benefits such as the 8% holiday bonus and the 8.3% end of year bonus effectively lead to (about) 14 salaries per year.

Among others, we offer:

  • pursuing a PhD on a paid position (not a scholarship);
  • competitive pay and excellent benefits (from paid holiday to pension scheme);
  • open-minded, collaborative international working environment;
  • new state-of-the-art building at Science Park Amsterdam;
  • access to high-end computing facilities (e.g. cluster with 4,000+ cores).

Come to work at one of Europe’s top universities and live in one of Europe's most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities.

Job application

Applications should include:

  • a letter of motivation (explaining why you are the right candidate),
  • a curriculum vitae (including a link to your MSc Thesis);
  • copies of BSc/MSc diplomas, transcripts of courses/grades (unless Dutch, English, German, French) and
  • the names and contact information of two academic references. 

Please group all these in one PDF attachment.

You may submit your application to To process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 18-064 in the subject line.

The committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered. 

We will not process applications not mentioning the vacancy number and the title of the position you are applying for in the subject-line. 

We will accept applications until 4 March 2018. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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