The Computer Systems Lab (CSL) at the Computer and Communication Engineering Department at the University of Thessaly, Greece is offering a number of full-time PhD positions in Computer Engineering / Computer Sciences, funded via the FP7 FET-Open SCoRPiO project (

The applications will be under continuous evaluation.


Start & Duration:

June 1st 2013, 3 years.


The Project:

SCoRPiO envisions a new computing paradigm that exploits uncertainty to design systems that are energy-efficient and scale gracefully under hardware errors. This vision is based on the observation that not all computations and not all data of an application are equally critical, requiring to be performed or maintained at 100% accuracy or correctness. SCoRPiO seeks to exploit this observation and to relax reliability requirements for the hardware layer by allowing a controlled degree of imprecision to be introduced to computations and data. It will research methods that allow the system- and application-software layers to synergistically characterize the significance of various parts of the program for the quality of the end result and tolerance to faults, and to manage their execution at runtime.


PhD Description:

Successful candidates will become part of a research group strongly active in research on system software for high-performance, distributed and embedded computing, system architecture, and CAD tools for architectural synthesis.Their task will be to perform research on significance-aware system software and hardware, especially on programming models, compilation tools, runtime mechanisms, architectures and hardware design.



– An MSc (or equivalent) in computer engineering/science with excellent grades from a leading university. Outstanding candidates with a BSc (or equivalent) will also be considered.

– Strong knowledge and prior hands-on experience in system software (compilers, operating systems, runtime mechanisms). Strong knowledge of hardware design and computer architecture.

– Highly motivated to push the state of the art, perform challenging development work, and publish in top conferences and journals. Ability to take initiative, prioritize and work under deadlines.

– Team player with good communications skills, willing to work in a multidisciplinary team.

– Excellent English language skills (writing, presenting).

– Willingness to relocate to Volos, Greece


To apply for these positions, email the following to Prof. Nikolaos Bellas:

– CV (and, if possible, full transcript of records)

– Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic work. Letters of recommendation should be kept confidential and can be sent after the application.

– Copies of your BSc and MSc theses (if applicable).


For further information, feel free to contact:

Prof. Christos Antonopoulos (

Prof. Nikolaos Bellas (

Prof. Spyros Lalis (