Fully funded PhD in Networking and Communication Technology at the University of Vienna

The Communication Technologies group of the University of Vienna is looking for a motivated student interested in pursuing a PhD on developing the foundations of the next generation of reliable networks: networks which are highly automated,  and verify and correct themselves autonomously, relying on formal methods. Communication networks have become a critical infrastructure of our society and hence come with stringent requirements on dependability. We believe that automation can improve reliability: many network outages these days are due to human errors.


  • The research position is at the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Vienna and is fully funded.(Employment contract)
  • The candidate also has the opportunity to collaborate with Aalborg University, Denmark, and engage into longer visits, if she/he is interested: Aalborg University is a project partner.
  • Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with the doctoral program Logical Methods in Computer Science (LogiCS), run by TU Wien, TU Graz and JKU Linz, and funded by the Austrian Science Fund.
  • We offer a productive research environment and excellent contacts to other universities as well as industry interested in this application domain.
  • While our goal is to lay the theoretical foundations of such networks, we also plan to prototype our ideas and ideally make a practical contribution. For an idea on the kind of research we are doing in this area, please see the sample publications attached below.


The candidate should have a strong background in formal methods, model checking and algorithms, and be knowledgeable about communication networks, with a strong interest in this application domain.



To apply, please send your:

  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • motivation letter, and
  • reference letters

to Prof. Stefan Schmid by email, or use the online portal at https://univis.univie.ac.at/ausschreibungstellensuche/ .

Please do not hesitate to contact Stefan Schmid for any further information: ta.ca.eivinunull@dimhcs_nafets

Deadline: June 7, 2020

Starting date: ideally as soon as possible, latest in October 2020.



P-Rex: Fast Verification of MPLS Networks with Multiple Link Failures
Jesper Stenbjerg Jensen, Troels Beck Krogh, Jonas Sand Madsen, Stefan Schmid, Jiri Srba, and Marc Tom Thorgersen.
14th ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT), Heraklion/Crete, Greece, December 2018.

Polynomial-Time What-If Analysis for Prefix-Manipulating MPLS Networks
Stefan Schmid and Jiri Srba.
37th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, April 2018.



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