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PhD position Software Engineering (1.0 fte)

The Software Engineering & Architecture group at the University of Groningen is committed to advancing the state of the art in the field of software architecture. The group aims to achieve that by carrying out joint ...

2 months


Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
$ 2840 per maand


The Software Engineering & Architecture group at the University of Groningen is committed to advancing the state of the art in the field of software architecture. The group aims to achieve that by carrying out joint research projects with universities, research institutes, and industrial partners, thus combining academic know-how with industrial practice. The research group’s core business is software architecture, with strong emphasis on architecture modeling, knowledge, evolution, patterns and technical debt.

For more information please check our website www.cs.rug.nl/search/ and www.cs.rug.nl/~paris/ or email us paris@cs.rug.nl.

The PhD position will be part of an H2020 project entitled SDK4ED - Software Development toolKit for Energy optimization and technical Debt elimination. The vision of SDK4ED is to minimize cost, time and complexity of low-energy software development processes, by providing tools for automatic optimization of both software quality and non-functional requirements such as energy efficiency, dependability and performance, with the capacity to tackle the interplay between design quality and run-time constraints. Through its envisaged toolbox, SDK4ED will comprise a set of software programming add-ons for preventing the degradation of run-time qualities and especially energy consumption, while allowing for efficient measuring of the accumulated Technical Debt during the development of new low-energy computing software applications, including embedded systems and IoT products.


The successful PhD candidate will have the following qualifications:
- a MSc or equivalent in computer science, software engineering or a related discipline
- an excellent academic record (transcripts from your university degree) and is curious, creative and ambitious
- able to write scientific articles and reports (proven by your graduation thesis or another comparable report) and is fluent in English
- affinity to research with an industrial focus, is a team player, open-minded and actively participate in knowledge sharing.


The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,222 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2,840 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position (1.0 fte), excluding a 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% end-of-the-year bonus. The position is limited to a period of 4 years. The first year constitutes a probationary period, with an evaluation of the candidate’s performance after 9 months. The objective of this evaluation is to establish whether the candidate will be able to finish a PhD thesis in the remaining three years. If the performance evaluation is positive, the candidate’s contract will be extended by another 3 years, for a total of 4 years.

How to apply
You may apply for this position until 13 November 23:59 h / before 14 November 2017 (Dutch local time) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications for the position should include:
- curriculum vitae (name, address, degree(s) with transcript(s) of grades, research experience, educational and employment history, etc.) Please include the University and GPA of your BSc and MSc, as well as any awards, distinctions, and publications within the body of your email
- motivation letter
- name and (email) address of three academic references.

The preferred starting date will be 1 February 2018.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

Prof. Paris Avgeriou, Head of the Software Engineering & Architecture (SEARCH) group
+31 50 3637057,

Home Page of Paris Avgeriou


Faculty of Science and Engineering Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.