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PhD Student (f/m/d) - Low Level System Development Engineering

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The Cloud Architecture and Engineering (CAE) Unit within the Global Cloud Services (GCS) organization is looking for a PhD candidate in the research area of mathematical optimization to optimize SAP’s Cloud Infrastructure and increase its utilization and reliability. The successful candidate will perform research with a highly visible academic partner and transfer the results into a world spanning industry scale cloud infrastructure. 
We are currently extending our research and innovation team to transform our automation framework to be future proof of the increasing demand for SAP cloud offerings. We are working on concepts to modernize our system architecture to be scalable, performant, and reliable by leveraging state of the art virtualization technology (e.g., containerization, K8S).


As a PhD-Student in the field of mathematical optimization, you will undertake research towards crafting novel solutions for large scale optimization challenges arising from a multitude of real problems of datacenters. Learning new skills together with the willingness to grow into new technical areas is especially important for a successful PhD.



  • Master's in computer science, preferred fields of study: distributed systems with scientific interest regarding network monitoring and management in datacenters, in which the dissertation will be written
  • Programming skills in C++ and Python
  • Strong oral and written English skills are essential
  • Knowledge and experience in solving challenging engineering/science, distributed systems problems are a plus


Your set of application documents should contain a cover letter, a resume in table form, school leaving certificates, current university transcript of records, copies of any academic degrees already earned, and if available, references from former employers (including internships). Please describe your experience and skills as well in foreign languages and computer programs/programming languages.


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Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their age, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, et al), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or disability.

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 Requisition ID:303372 | Work Area: Software-Research | Expected Travel: 0 - 10% | Career Status: Student | Employment Type: Intern  | Additional Locations: 

PhD Student (f/m/d) - Low Level System Development Engineering

Facility:  303372
Posted Date:  Jan 1, 2022
Work Area:  Software-Research
Career Status:  Student
Employment Type:  Intern
Expected Travel:  0 - 10%

St. Leon-Rot, DE, 68789

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