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PhD students & Postdocs in Big Data Analytics

The Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has three full time vacancies for talented PhD students and Postdocs in the Database Architectures group.

The positions are in the broad area of big data analytics to enable robust and scalable big data analytics. Research topics are in novel query processing, (adaptive) indexing and optimization techniques, and bridging the gap between application programming and big data storage.

One of these vacancies is in the context of a collaboration project with Actian Vectorwise, while the other two are related to the Dutch national research program COMMIT.

The Database Architectures group at CWI is one of the world-wide leading groups in system-oriented database research; among other honors, it received the 10-year best paper award at VLDB 2009 for their pioneering research on hardware-aware database technology and the column-store model, both the 2011 ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Dissertation award and 2011 ERCIM Cor Baayen award for the database cracking work, as well as the VLDB 2011 Challenges & Visions Track best paper award for their visionary work on innovative database architectures to support big data analytics and data-intensive scientific discovery. The group has a unique methodology that combines fundamental database research with active participation of all group members in database engineering, centered around the open-source analytical database system MonetDB. An internship at one of the partnering database research labs world-wide is considered part of the PhD track.


The PhD candidates must have a master degree in computer science (or a 5 year diploma), while a PhD is required for Postdoc candidates. Specialization is needed in databases, distributed systems, software
engineering mathematics, or related fields. Preferable qualifications for candidates include proven research talent, system programming skills (C/C++), practical experience with using and implementing database systems, and software development in a team. Candidates are expected to have an excellent command of English, and good academic writing and presentation skills.

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)

Founded in 1946, the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. It is located at the Science Park Amsterdam and is part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The institute is internationally focused and renowned for its high quality research, a substantial fraction of which is carried out in the framework of (inter)national programs. Over 160 researchers conduct pioneering research and share their acquired knowledge with society. More than 30 researchers are employed as professors at universities. The institute has generated twenty-one spin-off companies.

CWI maintains excellent relations with industry and the academic world, both in the Netherlands as well as abroad. After their research careers at CWI, an increasing number of young staff members find employment in these sectors or in spin-off companies that are based on research results from CWI.
Library and computing facilities are first-rate. CWI’s non-scientific services to its personnel include career planning, training and courses, assistance in finding housing, and tailor-made solutions to problems that may occasionally arise.

Terms and Conditions

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Research Institutes („CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen”). Moreover CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees. CWI also offers excellent and
flexible terms of employment, including an employee pension fund.


Additional information can be obtained from:

prof. dr. Martin Kersten, email
dr. Peter Boncz, email
dr. Stratos Idreos, email
dr. Stefan Manegold, email


Please send your application before 15 July 2012 to: pd AT cwi DOT nl

Applications should include a detailed CV, a motivation letter, a list of your M.SC. courses and grades, a copy of your master or PhD thesis, and preferably a list of publications.

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