Post-doctoral position

Control systems for magnetic tape storage systems

Ref. 2021_003


We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher for research in state-of-the-art control systems applied to magnetic tape storage systems. Magnetic tape storage is rapidly becoming the de facto standard technology for archiving cold data in hyperscale cloud environments and continues to be used extensively for back-up and archiving in data centers. Tape’s success is driven by its cost effectiveness and its potential for continued capacity scaling to meet the current exponential growth in data. Our research aims at developing the technologies that will enable the continued scaling of IBM’s tape storage products to keep up with the explosive growth in data.


The candidate should have a background in electrical or mechanical engineering with a specialization in control engineering and have good skills working “hands-on” in the lab. Familiarity in one or more of the following areas will be useful: H-infinity and state space control, system modeling, mechatronics, as well as knowledge of Matlab, VHDL and C programming languages. The candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team and should have good written and oral communication skills.

Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in Engineering and have a good track record of research. The candidate should be creative and able to meet deadlines. This position is available starting in early 2021 for 24 months. The successful candidate will enjoy an internationally competitive salary and work in a collaborative and creative group in an exclusive research environment.


IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. With us you will find an open, multicultural environment. Excellent flexible working arrangements enable all genders to strike the desired balance between their professional development and their personal lives.

How to apply

If you are interested in this exciting position, please submit your most recent curriculum.

For more information on technical questions please contact
Dr. Mark Lantz, Manager Cloud FPGAs and Tape Technologies ().