Postdoctoral position in software engineering

Ref BTH3 2023/53

We are one of Sweden’s most distinctly profiled institutes of technology, with a focus on IT and innovation for a sustainable future. A key word at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) is closeness – close cooperation with industry and society, and closeness to our students and to our management. Our closeness to the sea is also very apparent at both campuses, as well as being a comfortable bike ride away from the city and residential areas. BTH stands for quality and new approaches and strives to be recognised as an open, exciting and creative higher education institution. We develop new knowledge through our research, which often takes place in collaboration with wider society and with a specific application in mind. The research contributes to a sustainable future, through directly through our research results as well as indirectly, through our PhD graduates and research-based undergraduate studies. To reach our goals, we need motivated and committed staff who are provided with the conditions to deliver research and education of the highest quality. Work environment and equal opportunities are consistently on the agenda and we strive for continuous improvements. Does this sound like your future?

The Department of Software Engineering consists of about 50 researchers and teachers from 20 countries. Our tradition in software engineering traces back to 1990 when we pioneered Sweden’s first academic education in the area in cooperation with Ericsson. Our strength is the focus on empirical research to strengthen the industry’s competitiveness in the development of software-intensive systems, services and products. BTH’s research in software engineering is internationally top-ranked, and many of the department’s researchers are top-ranked internationally.

Work description

This position is part of a partnership between BTH and several industrial partners, enabling collaboration between the candidate and the industry very early in his/her research work. The employment includes mainly research in software engineering, focusing on software architecture and technical debt. Up to 20% of the total work time may be related to other tasks, e.g., teaching. The applicant is expected to participate actively in the department’s research and educational activities.

Many software organisations aim to become better at delivering software faster, being more effective and efficient in their processes while keeping the quality of their products and services. Nowadays, the development of software-intensive products and services has become a collaborative endeavour in which organizations organize the development around teams responsible for developing and maintaining micro-services or components. In this context, understanding the impact that the organization of the architecture, the team constellation and their alignment have on the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization and the quality of the delivered product and services is crucial. Technical debt is a metaphor borrowed from economics that helps organizations reason about the wellness of their development processes. The position is centred around these thematic areas.

Our tradition of close cooperation with industry means that we particularly value an interest in and experience from empirical research in collaboration with industry. For this position, we are looking for a candidate with a background in empirical software engineering, experience in quantitative as well as qualitative research methods, and with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Devising and utilising data-driven approaches to evaluate software architectures and development processes using existing artefacts (e.g., mining code repositories, using technical debt tools).
  • Statistical approaches to data analysis as well as data analysis tools (e.g., using Python or R).

There is the opportunity for supervision of doctoral students as a part of career development.

Eligibility requirements

Eligible to be employed as a postdoctor is a person who has been awarded a doctoral degree or has a foreign degree assessed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree.

This requirement must be met at the latest at the time when the employment decision is made.

Preference should be given to applicants who have been awarded their doctoral degree at most three years before the application deadline for the employment. Applicants who have been awarded their degree earlier can be considered for the employment if special reasons exist. Special reasons refer to leave due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances.

Eligibility requirements and assessment criteria are described in detail in the “Guidelines for employment and promotion of teachers and appointment to docent,” available at

Meriting competencies and experience

In addition to the requirements described in the work description, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for the position, the following degrees, competencies and experiences are considered meriting:

  • Demonstrated experience in industry-academia collaborations via active collaboration with one or several companies in research.
  • Publications in highly ranked international conferences or journals in software engineering.
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication in English.
  • Good communication and collaboration skills with students and colleagues.

Place of employment: Karlskrona.

Employment level: 100%.

Duration: Temporary employment for 2-3 years, with the possibility of extension. The total period of employment must not exceed three years.

Commencement: To be agreed.

Application deadline: 2022-06-09.

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Contact person

Javier Gonzalez Huerta

Biträdande professor


Tony Gorschek

Professor/Lead Scientist SERT


Monica Carlsson



Mikael Åsman

Union representative (SACO)