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Research Assistant in Service Tooling (80%)

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
ZHAW School of Engineering
LocationWinterthur, Zurich region, Switzerland
Occupation rate80%

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with a focus on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

Since 2015, the Institute for Applied Information Technology – InIT is hosting the Service Prototyping Lab – SPLab (?url=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.zhaw.ch%2Ficclab%2Fcategory%2Flabs%2Fsplab&module=jobs&id=40544" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://blog.zhaw.ch/icclab/category/labs/splab), a research lab dedicated to advance the state of the art in online service creation and migrating software applications to novel cloud and post-cloud platforms.

We are seeking applications of highly motivated candidates to complement the team of the SPLab as a

Research Assistant in Service Tooling (80%)

with the anticipated option to conduct a cooperative doctorate over the course of 3 years.

Your Mission

Possible research and innovation fields in this long-term research initiative include:

  • Tooling for cloud and post-cloud environments, including serverless computing
  • Assessment of digital ecosystems around software artefact repositories
  • Novel approaches for API definition, accounting and management
  • Multi-cloud tooling and testbeds

Areas of responsibility will include:

  • Contributing to the research and development activities in the above fields
  • Execution of work packages of R&D projects (Switzerland and EU)
  • Assistance to transfer of research results to enterprise contexts / SMEs
  • Advice to students in projects and BSc/MSc theses including practical exercises
  • Publication of results in journals and at conferences


Applicants must have a Master’s degree in computer science or a related field. The successful candidate has a strong theoretical knowledge and a passion for scientific work in the above-mentioned fields and a good command as well as a passion for programming and writing. Good communication skills in English are a prerequisite, German is a plus. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the academic, industry, and technology landscape, identify unsolved problems and propose novel ideas for future activities. Particular emphasis is given to developing prototypes, experimenting hands-on with systems, and scientific evaluation and documentation of results.

Our Offer

We offer a competitive, technically stimulating, and exciting environment. It is very open, multicultural and diverse comprising of people with all levels of expertise and experience from all over the world. As well as providing an excellent work environment, we provide intellectual liberty, opportunities for applied industrial collaboration, and competitive compensation based on Swiss standards.



Do you have any questions?
For additional information, please contact Dr.-Ing. habil. Josef Spillner, Head of the Service Prototyping Lab, phone +41 58 934 45 82, e-mail josef.spillnerzhaw.ch.

Are you interested?
If you would like to apply, please use the online platform to send your full application attn. Esther Huber, HR Consultant in Winterthur.
Please send in addition to your motivation letter and CV a brief outline of research interests and ambitions in alignment with the the Service Tooling initiative topics as outlined on its website (https://blog.zhaw.ch/icclab/category/research-approach/themes/service-tooling/)
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