Contest for a Scientific Scholarship - PhD Student - Opus-13

We are looking for a PhD student for the project "Optimization Methods for Allocation of Large-Scale Computational Resources".

If you have any questions about the project or the contest procedure, please do not hesitate to contact the principal investigator, Krzysztof Rzadca (krz AT

1 Project information

Modern large-scale computational resources — supercomputers and data centers (the backbone of the cloud computing) — are a crucial element of our increasingly digital world. This infrastructure hosts services we all use daily, such as on-line maps, weather forecasts or popular web sites; but it also acts as a primary research instrument running numerical models in computational biology, chemistry or physics. These platforms are massively parallel, composed of thousands of individual machines and shared by tens to thousands of jobs at any given time. A key to their efficiency is the scheduler: the software allocating jobs to machines. Scheduler policies are currently a mixture of optimization, heuristics and rules of thumb, which obviously is neither a scientific nor an optimal approach.

Our research hypothesis is that the modern computational infrastructure can be managed in a significantly more efficient way through a wider application of optimization methods.

The principal objective of the project is to develop theoretically-sound and practically-relevant results on how a scheduler should manage the new aspects of modern infrastructure such as: performance degradation resulting from colocating many jobs on a single node in data~centers; jobs with volatile resource requirements; or supercomputers with storage hierarchies (burst buffers).

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2 Conditions of the scholarship

We offer a 3-year (36 months) scholarship of 3000 PLN monthly.

The scholarship is tax-free.

The scholarship starts at 1st October 2018. At 1st October 2018, the scholarship recipient must be a full-time PhD student of the 1st or the 2nd year of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, University of Warsaw.

We reserve the right to terminate the scholarship if the student's progress is insatisfactory.

3 Requirements for candidates

We look for computer science graduates with excellent academic qualifications from the leading academic institutions.

You can also apply if you are sure that you will defend your Master by the 1st October 2018.

Experience in research or relevant industry experience is a plus.

Detailed requirements:

  • knowledge of theoretical computer science (algorithms and data structures, approximation algorithms, complexity theory)
  • knowledge of operating systems and computer architectures
  • excellent C, C++ and Python programming skills
  • English (sufficient for professional communication and for reading and writing scientific papers)
  • experience in big data analysis (e.g., Hadoop, Sparc: not required, but a plus)
  • experience in High Performance Computing (not required, but a plus)
  • experience in cloud computing technologies (not required, but a plus)

4 Contents of the application

  • cv: please mention your GPA for the Masters and Bachelor studies and all that apply from the following:
    • publications (journal or conference papers or posters)
    • scholarships
    • academic or scientific prizes
    • participation in research projects
    • any research or academic experience outside your BSc/MSc institution
    • scientific workshops or training
    • level of English (courses or exams)
  • a short (1 pages max) application letter in which you specify academic, research or industrial experience relevant to the project.
  • a recommendation letter from a researcher with at least a PhD
  • a copy of your Masters diploma (or a statement that you will defend your Masters by 1st October 2018)
  • your approval for processing your personal data for recruitment purposes: "Zgoda kandydata na przetwarzanie danych osobowych dla potrzeb niezbÄ™dnych do realizacji procesu rekrutacji zgodnie z UstawÄ… z dnia 29.08.1997 r. o Ochronie Danych Osobowych (Dz.U. nr 133 poz. 883)."

5 Dates and contest procedure

Key dates:

  • your application due 1st June 2018 ( krz AT ) (note: if you are not yet a PhD student at the faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics (MIM UW), you need to apply to the PhD studies programme separately)
  • Recrutation for PhD studies at MIM UW: (register at least a day before the exam that is planned at 11/06/2018 to participate in the exam)
  • Results before 31 July.

We reserve the right to postpone the publication of results in the case of major changes of the project context. We also reserve the right not to grant any scholarship.

Date: 2018/05/09

Author: Krzysztof Rzadca

Created: 2018-05-10 Thu 12:58

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