PhD Position in the Distributed Computing

ETH Zurich

PhD position in the Distributed Computing Group

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Distributed Computing Group ( is a research group at ETH Zurich. We are interested in a variety of research topics on new and upcoming areas off the beaten paths. Our three main areas of research are machine learning, distributed systems, and theory of networks. Within these three areas, we are currently working on several projects: graph neural networks, natural language processing, algorithmic learning, fault-tolerance, blockchains, consensus, cryptocurrencies, digital money, central bank digital currency, decentralized finance, financial networks, e-democracy, voting, social networks, online analysis with delay, and theory of distributed algorithms.

Job description

In our group we try to apply and unite the approaches and techniques of theory and practice. Some members of our group focus on algorithms and mathematical proofs, some on system design and building. As a new member of the group, you are supposed to contribute to research activities in the group and gradually build your own independent research profile according to your interests. You are expected to work towards a doctoral degree, and participate in the teaching activities of the group.

Your profile

We are looking for a new member with a strong academic background, and an excellent Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or a related field from a renowned university. A candidate should be attracted by and proficient in one or two of these areas: algorithm learning, approximation algorithms, blockchains, complexity theory, deep neural networks, distributed systems, graph theory, graph neural networks, learning theory, online algorithms, probabilistic algorithms, software engineering. A new group member can choose and shape a project according to their interests and talents within the first months of employment.

ETH Zurich supports a policy for diversity and inclusion and we especially encourage qualified female candidates to apply.

Your workplace

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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We look forward to receiving your online application. Please make sure you read the information for potential job applicants prior to submitting your application:

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our ETH job portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Roger Wattenhofer, (no applications). For further information about our research group please visit our website

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.