PhD Positions in Parallelizing Compilers and Runtime Systems for High Performance Computing

The Institute of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria seeks for excellent PhD students to carry out research in optimizing and parallelizing compilers and runtime systems for High Performance Computers.

Your profile:

You are enthusiastic about developing and investigating innovative research ideas and systems within the discipline of high performance computing. You have a master’s or equivalent degree in computer science with excellent performance? You are a highly skilled C++ programmer? You have a strong background in compilers or runtime systems for High Performance Computing? You stand out from your peers because of strong commitment and independent work? You are team oriented and communicative (excellent oral and written English skills, good ability to write scientific publications)?

Our offer:

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, international and world-wide highly regarded research team. As fully funded PhD students they will investigate novel compiler and runtime analysis and optimization techniques for parallel  programs written in C++, OpenCL, Cuda or SYCL . The research of this PhD position will be conducted as part of the Insieme source-to-source research compiler and runtime system ( Our PhD students are given the opportunity to program some of the fastest supercomputers in Europe and gain interdisciplinary expertise by participating in national and international (EU funded H2020) projects. Note that the working and study language as well as the entire PhD course and research program is held in English only. There is no need to learn German for these positions.

The University of Innsbruck (UIBK):

UIBK is a global Top-200 university with a long history in scientific computing. Parallel and distributed scientific computing are primary research areas at UIBK. Besides numerous funded research programs in the area of HPC, in 2010 an international doctoral school in computational interdisciplinary modelling (FWF Austrian Science Fund – Doctoral Program) has been established where highly qualified international PhD students are trained in modelling, simulation, numerical mathematics, and techniques for parallel and distributed computing. Apart from interdisciplinary, an innovative teaching concept combined with strong international networking are key to this program. UIBK has been involved in a substantial number of national and international parallel processing, Grid and Cloud computing projects including several FP5, FP6, FP7, and H2020 projects.

Numerous application development environments, programming paradigm and tools have been created by various groups at UIBK to simplify the effective use of multiprocessor and HPC architectures as the basis for the next generation of performance-oriented and energy-aware applications. Among others the tool set includes the Insieme compiler project (, which is a parallelising and optimising compiler for HPC as well as the AllScale compiler as part of the H2020 EU funded AllScale project (

Your application:

Candidates should submit their application as soon as possible but no later than March 31, 2019

Application documents:

  • Motivation letter (Why does your expertise and vision fit the profile of the open PhD position?)
  • Full CV including at least 2 references
  • Copy of BSc and MSc degrees
  • Transcripts for all study programs
  • If available provide TOEFL and GRE test results

All documents must be submitted in English. The documents must be merged into a single PDF file and sent to (subject line: Full-time PhD Position in HPC). For additional files such as theses and publications please add a link in the submitted pdf to a cloud repository and make it accessible. The candidate will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the application.

Application Process and Interview:

  • Interviews will take place in stages as soon as possible, perhaps via Skype.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as the position will be filled upon finding the right candidate.
  • We reserve the right to hold applications on file for potential future job openings.

Please direct questions to:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Fahringer
Institute of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck
Technikerstr. 21a, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria