Zurich University of Applied Sciences

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Research Assistant in DevOps for Complex Systems 80 %

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with a focus on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

The Institute for Applied Information Technology (InIT) in Winterthur has nationally and internationally recognized competencies in the areas of Human-Information Interaction, Information Engineering, Information Security, Service Engineering and Software Systems. We research and develop innovative information technology, software systems and services in cooperation with business and university partners.

Within the Research Group “Software Systems”, we are scouting excellent applicants for a research assistant position in the area of DevOps, complex systems (e.g., e-bikes, autonomous systems, etc.) development, testing, and evolution.

The project focuses on blending the best practices of DevOps and requirements engineering solutions with the development processes used in various complex systems. The pipelines developed in the project will be validated against industrial use cases provided by industrial partners representing transport and potentially other sectors.

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop and deploy software prototypes for supporting continuous testing and evolution in the context of DevOps practices
  • Become an expert in applying artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and developing DevOps solutions, to deliver software more rapidly, while at the same time resulting in more secure and trustworthy systems
  • Collaborate with industrial partners and support technology transfer processes
  • Report software development results in the shape of technical reports and software documentation

The ideal candidates had prior exposure to and strong interest in the fields of DevOps, Software Engineering, artificial intelligence (AI). The candidate has passion to explore new technologies and hardware, and curiosity for implementing new concepts. Good communication skills in English are essential; a good command of German is a plus. Particular emphasis is on developing advanced prototypes, conducting evaluations, and contributing to technical reports.

The position is provisionally limited to one year, but could be renewed for a maximum of three years upon mutual agreement. This is an entry level position, suitable for a recent graduate.

We offer a competitive, technically stimulating, and exciting environment as part of the national and international projects, involving partners in Switzerland and Europe. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to establish partnerships with industry and transfer research solutions to enterprise environments. In addition to offering an excellent working environment, we provide intellectual liberty and competitive compensation based on Swiss standards at one of the leading houses for applied software engineering research in Switzerland.

Do you have any questions about this position?
For more information regarding the vacancy, please contact Dr. Sebastiano Panichella, Tel. +41 58 934 41 56, Email: sebastiano.panichella@zhaw.ch and Dr. Marcela Ruiz, Tel. +41 58 934 67 52, marcela.ruiz@zhaw.ch or visit for further information www.zhaw.ch/init/

Are you interested? If you would like to apply, please use the online platform to send us your complete application (motivation letter, curriculum vitae and BSc grades), Attn. Esther Huber, HR Consultant, at Winterthur.

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