The recently established Sustainable Systems and Methods Lab (SSM) is looking a highly ambitious student to fill a fully-funded PhD or MSc position in the area of scalable digital twins, and digital twin evolution.

Available positions: 1 PhD or MSc.


Scope of research

You will join our active and intensive research activities in the domain of digital twins, e.g., digital twins for sustainable cyber-biophysical systems, and sustainability concerns of digital twins, such as technical sustainability by evolution and simulator inference. Recently, we’ve been working on the energy-efficiency of simulators, which we will now extend to digital twins. Your research might touch upon important concerns of digital twin architectures, socio-technical aspects of digital twins, and interoperability.

The eventual topic is to be defined together with you, based on your specific interests.


As a PhD student, you will…

▸Conduct world-class scientific research in the frontiers of computer science research.
▸Develop novel methods, techniques, and tools for scalable digital twins and digital twin evolution.
▸Become part of a lively and particularly active research network, and collaborate with international peers.
▸Publish at top venues and in top journals of our field.
▸Attend top international conferences, at least once a year, and present your work (financed by the lab).
▸Optionally: take a minimal teaching assistant role with me to develop a well-rounded academic profile.
▸Apply for your own NSERC scholarship after a year of joint work to further improve your academic resume.

Important dates

Application starts: November 1, 2023.
Application ends (International students): March 31, 2024.
Application ends (Canadian students): July 31, 2024.
Start: September 1, 2024. (Collaboration can start earlier.)

Application process

Apply here: https://applygrad.mcmaster.ca/portal/start_your_app. Indicate my name in your application.
Please also reach out to me directly with a (very) brief letter of motivation summarizing your research interests. (See my contact info).

About McMaster University

One of only four Canadian Universities consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 in the Time Higher Education rankings, McMaster has a proud tradition of academic and research excellence, evidenced by the achievements of our best and brightest whose ranks include three Nobel Prize winners, global business leaders, technological innovators, prominent politicians, public intellectuals, philanthropists and performers. The McMaster community includes 21,441 undergraduate students, 3,519 graduate students, 1,413 full-time faculty, and 170,654 alumni, based in 137 countries worldwide.
The Department of Computing and Software is home to cutting-edge research in many areas of computer science, software engineering, and mechatronics.