[Ieee_vis_open_positions] Research Assistant in Distributed Parallel Rendering and Visualization at University of Zürich

Renato Pajarola pajarola at ifi.uzh.ch
Tue Feb 26 17:02:00 CET 2013

Research Assistant - PhD Student in Computer Science (3D Graphics and Visualization)
Visualization and MultiMedia Lab
Department of Informatics
University of Zürich

Job Summary:

Open position for a PhD student in the area of real-time 3D graphics and interactive scientific visualization at the University of Zürich. This position is for a PhD student participating in a Hasler Foundation funded project.


The open position is for a research assistantship in a PhD program in computer science with a focus on interactive, parallel 3D computer graphics and visualization. With the advent of ubiquitous parallel computing and graphics resources through many-core CPUs and GPUs, an increased emphasize is put on parallel algorithms and computing, also in the context of real-time 3D graphics and interactive visualization. This project is aimed at the advancement of parallel and distributed rendering systems to improve applicability and interoperability with interactive graphics applications – e.g. in CAD and engineering, bio-medical imaging, geo-visualization, urban planning, architectural modeling etc. – as well as scalability.

The project requires strong interest not only in graphics algorithms and data structures but in particular also in large parallel and distributed systems programming. A strong interest and good skills in learning new and complex software frameworks and 3rd-party code is highly recommended, as the targeted research project will build on a previously developed code bases. Good C++, 3D graphics and distributed systems programming skills are required.

The activities of the position 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 the writing and defense of 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 Computer Science (IFI) covers major computer science, software engineering 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.


Research assistants, PhD students are remunerated according to local university regulations and standards. Appointments will be made with respects to standard university rules, same applies for fringe benefits and vacation days. Appointments are expected to involve a 100% effort in research, teaching and administration.

It is the goal of UZH to offer an equal opportunity workplace environment 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.

Comment/web site for additional job details:
- For application and further information contact: Prof. Renato Pajarola, pajarola at ifi.uzh.ch
- See also the research groups website at http://vmml.ifi.uzh.ch/.


A Master 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, as well as experience in distributed systems is highly beneficial.

The prospective candidates are supposed to have an excellent background in computer science and systems programming as well as good mathematical skills and practical experience with computer graphics and visualization. Exposure to parallel programming and distributed systems is explicit in this project, prior experience a significant plus. Strong interests in numerical methods and collaboration with other researchers and scientists is of further importance as well.

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

Dates and More:
- Entrance is as soon as possible but 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
URL: http://vmml.ifi.uzh.ch/
email: pajarola at ifi.uzh.ch
Prof. Dr. Renato Pajarola                               Email   pajarola at acm.org
Visualization and MultiMedia Lab                        Phone +41 (0)44 635 4370
Department of Informatics                               Fax   +41 (0)44 635 6809
University of Zürich                                     http://vmml.ifi.uzh.ch/

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