IIn the Group of Computer Engineering in the Institute of Embedded Systems of  Hamburg University of Technology we are looking for a

Post-doctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

under a fixed-term contract for three years.
The remuneration is in accordance with TV-L 13  .

No.: H20148

The Center for Data and Computing in Natural Science (CDCS) is a new scientific institution, which is being established in Science City Bahrenfeld, formed as a partnership between the University of Hamburg, Hamburg University of Technology and DESY. The CDCS is dedicated to the development and application of modern information technologies (Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Scientific Computing) to complex scientific problems. A total of 11 postdoctoral positions will be part of the CDCS.
Within CDCS the Cross-Disciplinary Lab "Computational Controls of Accelerators" focusses on data-driven control of complex processes in large scale research facilities, e.g., operation of particle accelerators for conducting scientific experiments. Controls implemented in a multi-layered, highly distributed hardware-software architecture process sensor data at high speed. While today, configuration and operation of such facilities require extensive expert knowledge, the data-driven approach may automate and simplify these tasks. However, data driven approaches based on machine learning are typically rooted in statistics ensuring correctness up to a certain confidence while control may demand guarantees of correctness.
We are looking for a candidate to fill one of the two positions available in the CDL "Computational Control of Accelerators" (the second position of this CDL will be filled with a candidate employed by DESY).

Possible research directions are
• either correctness in data-driven control, e.g., o end-to-end monitoring solutions,
  o formal verification techniques and certification,
  o approaches for making the inner working of data-driven analysis understandable.

• or architectures for data-driven ultra-fast feedback control, e.g.,
   o high-dimensional real-time controls with low latency,
   o acceleration using modern Field Programmable Gate Arrays (Zynq MPSoC/Versa),
   o layered system architectures for processing large data sets using vector processors for artificial intelligence.

Strong candidates with research interests and background related to at least one of the two domains are welcome. Strong team spirit to engage with the research groups at DESY and TU Hamburg will be essential.


  • Research on correctness in data-driven control or on architectures for data-driven control
  • Publishing and presenting scientific results
  • Contributing to third party fund raising


  • University degree and doctoral degree in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, or a related field
  • Excellent knowledge in at least two of the following areas
    o Data Analysis / data engineering / machine learning,
    o Algorithms / optimization,
    o Formal verification / understanding approaches
    o FPGA-architecture and software acceleration
  • Very good skills and experience in implementing complex hardware and software systems
  • Background knowledge in process control and particle accelerators is desirable
  • The topic of the doctoral degree should be in an area related to the CDL and the position
  • Desire to work in international and interdisciplinary teams is expected
  • Very good skills in English language are required


  • We offer to work towards your scientific qualification, e.g., habilitation, junior research group or similar
  • You will work in an international inspiring research environment with groups at DESY, TU Hamburg and University of Hamburg
  • You will publish and present your research result
  • You will work on the interface between edge-cutting research related and practical applications

For further information please contact Prof. G. Fey under or by phone +49-40 42878-3697

All people have equal chances: equality of opportunity

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We look forward to receiving your online application by 24.11.2020

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