Multiple Graduate Student And Postdoctoral Researcher Positions


ParCoreLab (Parallel and Multicore Computing Lab) at Koç University in Istanbul, Türkiye is recruiting multiple PhD and Postdocs for two prestigious projects funded by the European Commission. The total projects’ budget exceeds 2 million euros. We provide one of the most competitive benefit packages in Türkiye:

  • Salary: Competitive salary with respect to industry and raise based on performance
  • Travel: Full support for conference publications
  • Computation: Full access to our various hardware infrastructure and access to some of the top supercomputers in the world
  • Other benefits: Student housing based on availability or  housing aid. Health insurance and meal card
  • Excellent Team: Opportunities for performing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international students
  • Collaboration: Opportunities to collaborate with industry and international partners, and research visits to other universities or labs. Some of our collaborators are from Berkeley Lab in USA, AIST in Japan, Imperial College-London, and GraphCore AS.

Start Date: Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Preferred starting date is as soon as possible.

We are looking for people mainly for two projects:

  1. BeyondMoore: The ERC (European Research Council) project has the overall objective to solve software side of the Post-Moore’s Law problem. The project will develop parallel programming models, performance models, compiler and runtime technologies designed for hardware accelerators. The implementations will be tested on large scale applications coming from deep learning, graph analytics, and high performance computing. The project budget is 1.5 Million Euros, and this project is one of its kind, it is the very first ERC grant in computer science from Türkiye.
  2. SparCity: EuroHPC funded SparCity project aims at creating a supercomputing framework that will provide efficient algorithms and coherent tools specifically designed for maximising the performance and energy efficiency of sparse computations on emerging HPC systems, while also opening up new usage areas for sparse computations in data analytics and deep learning.  More on project website:

Required profile for Postdoc Positions

All applicants must hold a PhD degree in computer science or related fields. The applicants should also have a strong track record in scientific publication and dissemination. The applicant should be fluent in both spoken and written English. All applicants must have research expertise in at least two of the following subjects:

  • Parallel programing or Accelerator programming (e.g., OpenMP, CUDA, MPI)
  • Performance optimization and performance modeling
  • Scalable graph neural networks and deep learning
  • Computer architecture
  • Operating systems or system software
  • Sparse Computation and Sparse Matrices

Required profile for PhD Positions

  • BSc in Computer Science/Engineering or related fields
  • Applicants should have strong knowledge in Operation Systems, Computer Architecture, Data Structures and Algorithms
  • No MSc is required to apply for the PhD position

Required profile for MSc Positions

  • BSc in Computer Science/Engineering
  • Applicants should have strong knowledge in Operation Systems, Computer Architecture, Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Only outstanding undergraduates will be considered for the MSc positions with high GPA, high GRE and TOEFL scores
  • Only 1-2 MSc positions are available, thus we encourage you to apply for direct PhD program.

Application Requirements

  1. A research statement
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact info of three references
  4. Publication list (required for Postdoc positions)
  5. Transcript
  6. Minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  7. English Exam Score (TOEFL> 100, IELTS> 7.0, YDS> 85)
  8. GRE or ALES Score (GRE> 160)

Watch Assoc. Prof. Didem Unat’s Video to Learn More About Our Open Positions and Projects

If you are interested in any of the open positions and want to learn more about the projects, the group and benefits, you can watch Assoc. Prof. Didem Unat’s video. Here is the youtube link.

How to Apply?

If you are interested in any of the open positions, please send an email to Note that this is NOT an official application but serves as a fast evaluation. PhD and MSc applicants still need to officially apply for the Koç University Graduate Program. See the details below.

To submit an official application for PhD and MSc Positions

Follow the instructions here for submitting an application for the Koç University graduate program. Indicate “Supercomputing” and “Systems and AI” as your research interest. Do not forget to mention Dr. Didem Unat in your Statement of Purpose.

Contact: Inquiries about the positions can be made by email to Doç. Dr. Didem Unat ( Use job position ID of 20041016 in the email subject.

Why Koç University?

  • According to the Times Higher Education, we rank 1st in Türkiye and 36th in the world among the universities under 50 years old.
  • The number of research articles per faculty at Koç University is one of the top in the country.
  • The working language at KU is English.

Koç University (KU) is an endowed, non-profit institution of higher education, located in Istanbul, Türkiye. Founded in 1993 by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, its mission is to produce the most capable graduates by providing a world class education, to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to contribute to the benefit of Türkiye and humanity at large. KU is spread in a main campus, a separate university hospital campus and two smaller locations in Istanbul. Since its establishment, KU has quickly become one of the leading research universities in Türkiye, attracting accomplished, high-caliber researchers from all over the world. The vast majority (97%) of 400 faculty members have received their Ph.D. degrees from the most highly selective and reputable universities in the world, including the United States and Europe. Majority of the students enrolled in the undergraduate programs are ranked within the top 1% in the National University Entrance Exam. Currently, the university is ranked among the top three universities in Türkiye in terms of the number of international research publications per faculty member per year, based on publications in peer- reviewed journals listed by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI).

Who is PI?

Didem Unat (Principle Investigator) is a faculty at Koç University, Istanbul, Türkiye. She is known for her work in designing programming models, performance tools, and runtime systems for emerging parallel architectures. She received her Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and later received the prestigious and highly competitive Luis Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). She is the recipient of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission in 2015, the Young Scientists Award in 2019 from the Science Academy of Türkiye and British Royal Society-Newton Advanced Fellowship in 2020. She is the very first researcher from Türkiye, who has received the ERC grant in Computer Science from the European Commission. More about her and her group at