The Data Engineering Systems Group at Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) Potsdam, Germany, has an opening for a fully-funded PhD position in the area of stream processing on modern hardware.
The position is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center FONDA – Foundations of Workflows for Large-Scale Scientific Data Analysis. In this project, more than 50 researchers will jointly research innovative infrastructures for the large-scale analysis of scientific data sets. The CRC is highly interdisciplinary, embracing especially software engineering, distributed systems, algorithm engineering, data science, databases, bioinformatics, biomedical image analysis, material science, and satellite-based remote sensing. It focusses on the concept of data analysis workflows (DAW), and aims to research new approaches to enhance DAW portability, adaptability, and dependability, by developing new languages, optimization techniques, provenance analysis algorithms, workflow compilers, and other components of distributed resource management systems.
FONDA is a joint project of the Hasso-Plattner Institute, all Berlin universities and various other research institutions. FONDA will be funded for four years, with the possibility of further extensions.
The position is part of FONDA subproject B6. Subproject B6 investigates distributed run-time monitoring and control of data analysis workflows. The subproject will be led by Prof. Grunske, an expert in automated software analysis for error detection, and Prof. Rabl, an expert in efficient distributed streaming engines. Executions of DAWs are driven by specifications of the individual steps of a data-processing pipeline and the data it processes. However, for a multitude of reasons, execution may not function as desired, especially when distributed systems are used, which calls for proactive runtime monitoring of executions to detect and possibly resolve any problems early on. B6 will investigate the foundations of distributed monitoring and of control systems for DAWs, which is a prerequisite for the design of dependable DAWs. The focus of the position in Tilmann Rabl's group is the development of an efficient, distributed stream processing solution for DAW monitoring use cases.
To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, example of your work, and references to Tilmann Rabl tilmann.rabl(at)hpi.de.
The Hasso Plattner Institute is an independent department of the University of Potsdam, dedicated to systems engineering. HPI is conveniently located at the gates of Berlin, Europe's most vibrant city, reachable by train in minutes.