SIT Research in Computer Science and Software Engineering

Join SIT’s blended research degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering and become a next-gen research leader. As a PhD student or postdoc, you can conduct in-depth, groundbreaking research on a topic of your choice, experiment with the latest research methods, and develop in-demand leadership skills.

Benefit from one-to-one supervision from the world’s leading academics, take part in cutting-edge research groups and collaborate across the fields of Computer Science, Physics, and Business. Join the SIT Ecosystem, where education, research, and business come together to address the upcoming digital challenges.

Research Groups

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Program Verification
  • Software Testing and Analysis
  • Cybersecurity
  • Smart Software Systems
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Why Choose a Ph.D. with SIT?

  • Top Academic Advisors

    Learn from the world’s top scientists in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Quantum Technologies, Advanced Materials, Business Science, etc. Learn more.

  • State-of-the-Art Research 
Facilities

    Since education is part of our core business, we care deeply about career and personal development.

  • Strong Ties with The Industry

    Take advantage of the SIT’s close connection to the business world. Collaborate with academic and industry pros to find a science-based solution to a real-world problem.

  • Technology Transfer

    Move from idea generation to implementation. Take advantage of the SIT’s assistance with licensing and patenting and bring your scientific innovation to the market place and wider society.

  • SIT Scholarship

    SIT awards full-cost scholarships to all admitted Ph.D. students. The Ph.D. students are exempted from tuition fees and receive CHF 69.000 per year (CHF 5,750 gross per month). The program covers the equipment and travel expenses necessary for the research project.

Application

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course must:

  • To become a PhD student: hold a Master degree or equivalent granted by an academic institution acknowledged in the Swiss system.
  • To become a postdoc: hold a PhD degree granted by an academic institution acknowledged in the Swiss system.

After the application is submitted, please expect to be contacted by SIT within the next 60 days.

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Career opportunities

Choose from many different commercial or academic careers. With a Ph.D. degree from SIT, you can achieve the following leadership positions:

  • CRL
    Chief Research Leader

    Learn from the world’s top scientists in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Quantum Technologies, Advanced Materials, Business Science, etc.

  • CS
    Chief Scientist

    Since education is part of our core business, we care deeply about career and personal development.

  • CTO
    Chief Technical Officer

    Take advantage of the SIT’s close connection to the business world. Collaborate with academic and industry pros to find a science-based solution to a real-world problem.

  • University Professor

    Move from idea generation to implementation. Take advantage of the SIT’s assistance with licensing and patenting and bring your scientific innovation to the market place and wider society.

FAQ

  • Am I eligible?

    This program is designed for MSc graduates with a passion for research and, preferably, an entrepreneurial flair. If you’re looking to build a research career in science and technology, fill in the application form, and our recruitment committee will get back to you shortly.

  • How long is the degree?

    A Ph.D. degree does not have a fixed duration. However, the students are expected to complete the degree in three to four years.

  • When can I apply?

    Apply anytime, start anytime. The Ph.D. program welcomes applicants on a rolling basis.

  • I can't find a review of the Ph.D. program. Can I speak to alumni?

    The SIT Ph.D. program is brand new. Be among the first students to live an SIT research experience side by side with the world’s top scientists and entrepreneurs.

  • Why choose SIT over an established university?

    SIT stands for innovation across education, research, and business. Here, you can get ready for a technical career and futureproof your professional skillset for decades to come. Unlike more traditional universities, SIT builds long-term, collaborative relationships with the industry and aligns the educational offer to the outside world needs.

  • Why choose Schaffhausen?

    Schaffhausen boasts an unparalleled level of industry connections and an exceptional quality of life. Located just 30 minutes away from Zurich national airport, this technological hotspot hosts the headquarters of several major software and IT organizations.

Contact us

For any additional questions please contact prof. Mauro Pezzè.