Ph.D. at Constructor Institute

Ph.D. at Constructor Institute

The Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) is the highest degree conferred by Constructor Institute. It is an introduction to the excitement and challenges of scientific research and an essential step for pursuing an academic career. The Ph.D. program covers exciting research areas such as AI-based software engineering, software verification, quantum computing, smart cities, the Internet of Things, and many others. Obtaining a Ph.D. grants students the title of Doctor upon successfully defending their thesis.

The program helps students conduct multidisciplinary research, gain deep scientific knowledge, and develop practical skills essential for their future scientific or industrial career: academic writing, communication and networking, and self-presentation at conferences and symposiums.

At Constructor Institute, we follow the practices and standards of top research universities while emphasizing our core values of openness, innovation, and closeness to industry.

What you will get from a Ph.D. at Constructor Institute

A Ph.D. at Constructor Institute, an English language faculty located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is an opportunity for you to become a junior scientific collaborator. Doing a Ph.D. at Constructor Institute also involves various commitments contributing to a rich academic experience. As a Ph.D. candidate, your commitments will include engaging in research, writing scholarly articles, and taking up teaching responsibilities. These commitments are integral to your growth as a researcher and will help shape your academic journey at Constructor Institute.

You will actively participate in leading-edge research conducted in English under the guidance of a professor and alongside a team of fellow researchers, including other Ph.D. students and postdocs. The Constructor Institute emphasizes the importance of conducting research and writing your thesis in English, as it is the primary language of communication within the academic community. While more experienced individuals will provide guidance, the primary focus is producing high-quality research. Your ideas will be evaluated based on their contribution to advancing research goals rather than your status within the team.

We believe in fostering an environment that encourages collaboration and catalyzes innovation, regardless of seniority or background.

Research areas
  • Computer Science, Software Engineering and Leadership
  • Quantum Software Engineering and Computer Science
  • Smart Software Engineering
  • Smart Software Engineering and Leadership
  • Quantum communication ( with Wolfgang Tittel and Nicolas Gisin)
Research Chairs
Head of the Chair of Quantum Physics at Constructor Institute
Provost and Head of the Chair of Software Engineering at Constructor Institute
President and Head of the Chair of Quantum Software Engineering at Constructor Institute
Head of the Chair of Software Testing and Analysis Research (STAR) at Constructor Institute
Head of the Chair of Quantum Communications at Constructor Institute
A word from Prof. Bertrand Meyer, Provost
Bertrand Meyer

What is a Ph.D. student at Constructor Institute?

As a Ph.D. student, you are not just a student but also a junior scientific collaborator, fully engaged in leading-edge research under the direction of a professor. Good science happens from the interaction of bright and dedicated people with diverse backgrounds and skills, regardless of their levels of seniority. At Constructor Institute, we make every effort to ensure that such catalysis occurs regularly.

Why do my Ph.D. at Constructor Institute?

At Constructor Institute, we have all the enthusiasm of a young institution, benefitting from the tradition of its faculty’s various Ph.D. institutions, but unencumbered by obsolete rules and ready to tackle new challenges.

We offer a friendly, informal atmosphere and the freedom that comes with it. We cover exciting research areas such as AI-based software engineering, software verification, quantum computing, smart cities, the Internet of Things, etc.

Why choose Constructor Institute?

At Constructor Institute, you can expect a range of valuable teaching benefits that set our Ph.D. programs apart:

  • Expert team: Our world-class scientists, educators, and leaders provide exceptional guidance and mentorship.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset: Emphasis on technical expertise, industrial-scale applications, business acumen, and interpersonal skills.
  • Interdisciplinary excellence: Deep integration of knowledge from various fields for technology leadership.
  • Industry connections: Proximity to major industries, facilitating networking and practical insights.
  • Study environment and scholarships: High-tech, supportive study environments with scholarships for talented individuals worldwide.
How to apply?

To apply for the Ph.D. program at Constructor Institute, you can follow a simple process based on your research interests. Start by identifying a professor whose expertise aligns with your area of interest. You can then email them, expressing your interest in working together as a Ph.D. student.

At Constructor Institute, we believe in embracing diversity and providing equal opportunities to all applicants. Our application process reflects this belief, offering a chance to everyone who shares a passion for scientific research and seeks to contribute to our academic community.

Start date
Flexible start date based on mutual agreement.
The duration is not fixed, but aiming for a period of 3 years is advisable. Certain theses may require additional time, especially if they involve the development of software tools and other artifacts. It's important to keep in mind that Ph.D. scholarships usually have predefined time limits, so it is recommended to review the specific conditions.
Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
Contact phone
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Contact address
Constructor Institute Schaffhausen
Rheinweg 9
8200 Schaffhausen
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