Postdoc Position on distributed computing for uncertainty quantification

Country: Switzerland;

City: Zurich

Vacancy added: 03.01.2019

Employer: ETH Zurich

Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;


ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specializing in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The Chair of Risk, Safety and Uncertainty Quantification in Engineering (RSUQ) develops computational methods for managing uncertainties in physical models used in various fields of engineering and applied sciences. We develop the Matlab-based software UQLab (, a platform that makes state-of-the-art uncertainty quantification algorithms available to researchers and practitioners from every field of applied science.

Postdoc Position on distributed computing for uncertainty quantification

The SAMOS project led by RSUQ aims at developing innovative uncertainty quantification methods to deal with a particularly complex class of problems: stochastic simulators. Such models are characterized by providing a stochastic response for each combination of their input parameters. Therefore, their characterization requires computationally expensive repeated model evaluations. The candidate postdoctoral researcher is expected to extend the distributed-computing capabilities of the in-house developed software UQLab, in combination with the available high-performance computing environment in ETH Zurich, to facilitate the analysis of this particular class of models. The candidate will also develop original algorithms for real-time uncertainty quantification on data-streams. He/she will collaborate with two PhD students currently developing ad-hoc surrogate-modelling techniques within the same project.

The candidate has a PhD in scientific computing, applied mathematics, computational engineering or equivalent. He/she is familiar with developing scientific codes and has proven advanced Matlab programming skills, as well as experience with high-performance and distributed-computing environments. Experience with linux system administration is an advantage. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are self-driven, have excellent communication and writing skills (fluent spoken and written English is mandatory) and enjoy working in an interactive international environment with PhD students. The position is available as of January, 2019 and open for 12 months, with potential extension (to be discussed).

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, contact details of two referees. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
For further information about the Chair of Risk, Safety and Uncertainty Quantification, please visit our website: Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Stefano Marelli by email (no applications) or phone +41 44 633 0670.

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