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Postdoc (m/f/d) – App Metering for the Edge Economy

Job Description

Use your knowledge as a springboard.

Do you like the sound of finding the smartest solution side by side with professionals and experts? If so, join us as a postdoc. We can help you to combine knowledge, discover connections, and formulate ideas. With around 2,400 employees, the Corporate Technology Department (T) secures the future of the Siemens Group together with the business units. T innovates with internal and external partners (e.g., universities, research institutes) on future technologies. The focus of its work is technology consulting and applied research for product departments within Siemens and its subsidiaries. We also transfer research results to current and future product developments through prototype implementation. 

Change the future with us.
Edge computing has attained significant attention in recent years as it offers several advantages for industrial applications compared to classical IoT approaches. In particular, large amounts of data can be processed locally, i.e., close to the field devices such as sensors and actuators. Typical applications include monitoring of production lines and predictive maintenance of machines. Additionally, edge computing helps to protect sensitive, enterprise-critical data, and cloud usage fees can be reduced since there is no need to send all data to the cloud, e.g., for pre-processing and analysis. Finally, latencies can be minimized enabling even real-time applications.
As a key feature of many state-of-the-art edge platforms, apps may be purchased on a marketplace and deployed remotely to one of more edge devices. Similar to smartphones, however, the licensing and billing options are rather limited today. Frequent options are lifetime purchase or subscription on a mon¬thly or annual basis. For industrial customers, more advanced options that depend on the actual use are desirable (pay-per-use). This requires secure and reliable metering of the resources an app consumes, e.g., hours of operation, network traffic, or the number of images processed by an AI algorithm.

In this research work you will
  • Identify business models for edge apps, define relations between different stakeholders, and elucidate requirements an edge platform must fulfill for a future app economy
  • Carry out research on existing technologies (commercial and open source software) and define appropriate software architectures including trade-offs as well as APIs for edge app metering, usage transparency, and monetization
  • Realize proof-of-concepts, implement prototypes covering all levels from edge to cloud, and evaluate your solution using real-world use cases
  • Publish, present, and discuss research results internally and externally
  • Closely interact and cooperate with researchers from different domains and with all Siemens businesses: Digital Industry, Smart Infrastructure, Mobility, and Healthineers
  • Select and supervise students or PhD students


Your research will be carried out in close collaboration with different partners within Siemens. This will give you the unique opportunity to apply your knowledge in practice and to prepare for a career in industry.

What you need to make real what matters.
  • PhD degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology, or a similar field.
  • High responsibility in shaping and driving research activities in the context of Internet of Things.
  • Deep technological expertise in software architecture and development, preferably in the area of Edge / Cloud Computing.
  • Profound background in operating systems, specifically Linux, and related technologies such as containers, communication technologies, security concepts, and databases.
  • Several years of experience and deep knowledge in implementing software in at least two high-level programming languages such as Go or Python.
  • Very good communication skills (fluent in written and spoken English) and comfortable to work in teams

What we offer. 
  • Attractive remuneration package
  • Development opportunities for both personal and professional growth 
  • An environment where everyone can bring their whole self to work and feel a sense of belonging
  • 30 leave days and a variety of flexible working models that allow time off for yourself and your family 
  • Share matching programs to become a shareholder of Siemens AG
  • Appealing Siemens pension benefits
  • Find more benefits here
Individual benefits are adapted to meet local legal regulations, the requirements of different job profiles, locations, and individual preferences. 


Make your mark in our exciting world at Siemens.

As an equal-opportunity employer we are happy to consider applications from individuals with disabilities.

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Organization: Technology

Company: Siemens AG

Experience Level: Early Professional

Full / Part time: Full-time

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