Career Evening

What does a successful career in research look like? What are your career options after a PhD or postdoc? How should you leverage your academic background to get a job in industry? What should you be doing right now if you want a career in academia? Which path should you choose? Join us for a Career Evening to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a career in computer science!

You’ll get the chance to meet five people whose research interests took them across academia and industry. They cover a range of topics, from machine learning and digital avatars to algorithms, security and privacy. They’re here to share their wisdom on computer science careers: what possibilities are out there, what they did well, and what they wish they’d done differently.

We’ll start with a panel discussion, where we’ll learn more about our speakers and their career paths. Then, we’ll break off into small groups for meet-and-greets, giving you a chance to ask them your burning questions in small committee! The event will end with an apéro.


When: Monday 4th December, from 16:15 onwards
Where: CAB Food&Lab

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We’re excited to announce the following speakers:

Ladislav Kavan, Research Scientist at Reality Labs.
Derek Yu, Principal Consultant in Cybersecurity at Zühlke.
Ana Klimovic, Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich.
Julia Hesse, Research Scientist at IBM Research Zurich.
Matthias Baumgartner, Senior Machine Learning Engineer at BLP Digital AG

Read on for more details about our speakers!

Ladislav Kavan is a Research Scientist at Reality Labs, Zürich, where his work contributes to the development of virtual reality and augmented reality, and an Associate Professor at the University of Utah since 2019. Before, he joined ETH as a postdoc in 2011, and he obtained his Ph.D. from Czech Technical University in 2007. His research interests include computer animation, physics-based simulation, and geometry processing.

Derek Yu is a Principal Consultant in Cybersecurity at Zühlke with extensive cybersecurity engineering and consulting experience in various sectors, including health, industry, and finance. His core mandates include technical security architecture design, public-key infrastructures, security assessments, IoT, wireless security, cloud security, security risk assessment, and product security coaching. He spent years in academic research and developed an interest in teaching while serving as a teaching assistant for logic circuit design and programming.

Ana Klimovic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich. She is a member of the ETH Systems Group, where she leads the Efficient Architectures and Systems Lab (EASL). Her work focuses on computer systems for large-scale applications such as cloud computing services, data analytics, and machine learning. The goal of her research is to improve the performance and resource efficiency of cloud computing while making it easier for users to deploy and manage their applications. Before joining ETH, she completed a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and she spent a year as a Research Scientist at Google Brain.

Julia Hesse is a Research Staff Member at IBM Research Zurich. Before joining the lab in 2019, she was a Postdoc at TU Darmstadt and ENS Paris. She obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2016. Her research focuses on the security of cryptographic protocols, with a special interest in real-life security threats to key exchange protocols and password authentication.

Matthias Baumgartner is a Machine Learning Engineer at BLP Digital AG, an ETH-Spinoff aiming at creating an automated document extraction solution tailored to ERP process optimization. He obtained his PhD at UZH in 2022, where he furthered his expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and statistical learning.