PhD Scholarship in cyber-physical computer systems in Netherlands 2021

The University of Amsterdam invites applications for a PhD candidate in the analysis of complex, distributed cyber-physical computer systems in the 2021/22 academic session.

Project details:

The PhD position is embedded in a larger project, called “DSE2.0: Towards Optimal Design of Complex, Distributed Cyber-Physical Systems”, funded by NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences together with TNO-ESI, and is a collaboration between University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and ASML Veldhoven (NL). ASML is the world’s largest supplier of photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry.

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) comprise one of the largest information-technology sectors worldwide which is a driver for innovation in other crucial industrial sectors such as health industries, industrial automation and robotics, avionics and space. Nowadays, the embedded computing infrastructure of complex CPS is based on heterogeneous multi-core or many-core systems, which are distributed, and connected via complex networks. Manufacturing companies of distributed Cyber-Physical Systems (dCPS), such as lithography scanner machines, industrial printers, and interventional X-ray machines, are facing serious challenges with respect to designing the next generation of their products.

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Designers of such systems need quick answers to so-called “what-if” questions with respect to possible design decisions/choices and their consequences on system performance, cost, etc. This calls for efficient and scalable system-level design space exploration (DSE) methods for dCPS that integrate appropriate application workload and system architectures models, simulation and optimization techniques, as well as supporting tools to facilitate the exploration of a wide range of design decisions. However, such DSE technology for complex dCPS does currently not exist.

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The project is part of a national MasCot partnership programme. The goal of this programme is to investigate, develop and deliver the next generation of engineering methodologies that help manage the increasing complexity of high-tech systems. Achieving this goal helps to improve the quality and reduce the development costs of future generations of cyber-physical systems, thereby providing the Dutch industry a competitive advantage.

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Worth of Award

  • Your salary will be €2,395 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €3,061 in the final year, based on full-time employment and in keeping with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities
  • Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.


You are expected to:

  • be a very motivated university graduate with an MSc degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering;
  • be a top performer among your peers, to have an excellent education and/or research track record, proven by relevant experience, publications, etc.;
  • have some prior expertise in one or more of the following fields: computer systems architecture, modelling and simulation, performance analysis and system optimization;
  • be excellent in oral and written English with good presentation skills;
  • have strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • have excellent programming and debugging skills, e.g. in C/C++, Java, and/or Python;
  • be open to industrial cooperation and comfortable with working at ASML in Veldhoven (approx. 130km from Amsterdam) for two days per week on average;
  • have the ability to work in an international research team.
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How to Apply

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV;
  • BSc/MSc diplomas with course/grade transcripts.
  • You may apply online by clicking on the link below.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is October 22, 2020. Interviews will take place in Mid November. #LI-DNP.


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