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PhD Student Position in Software Engineering with a focus on Evidence-based Software Engineering – BTH, Sweden 2022


Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH, invites applications for a Ph.D. position candidate with a background in empirical software engineering and/or professional software development, the Department of Software Engineering, Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years

Department of Software Engineering

Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden


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Qualification Details

Eligibility requirements

For admission to doctoral employment, it is required that the applicant is or will be admitted to postgraduate education. Eligible for admission to postgraduate education is those who have completed a degree at the advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or at in any other way within or outside the country acquired substantially corresponding knowledge (Chapter 7, Section 39 in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100)).

Specific entry requirements

Qualified to be admitted to doctoral education is a graduate at second-cycle level in the technical or mathematical-natural sciences field or otherwise acquired knowledge in order to be able to benefit from doctoral education in the subject.

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 meritorious:

  • Master or Master of Science degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent.
  • Professional experience in software development in industry.
  • Industry experience with establishing, evaluating, and improving software engineering processes, practices and principles in an organisation.
  • Knowledge in evidence-based and data-driven approaches.
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication in English.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Work description

The position comprises empirical research in the area of software engineering, i.e. the inception, planning, development, verification and validation, release, and evolution of software-intensive products and services (SIPS). The scope is delimited to security-related aspects of SIPS and how security can be built in. Special focus will be on how this impacts ways-of-working, methods, principles and practices of organizations developing SIPS. Experience in quantitative approaches (data science, machine learning, natural language processing) is of special merit.

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 and/or professional software development complemented with experience from one or more of the following areas:

  • Evidence-based and data-driven approaches.
  • Agile/Lean practices such as DevOps and Value Based Software Engineering.
  • Devising and utilising data-driven approaches in evaluating engineering processes/ways-of-working and artifacts.

Rules and benefits for doctoral students in Sweden apply to this position. The doctoral student will have an individual study plan in software engineering. The position may include up to 20% of other services, e.g., teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: BTH3 2022/75

Application Procedure

Your application shall contain the following:

  • A cover sheet describing your background and your knowledge and experience relevant for the position.
  • A CV.
  • Certified copies of grades and diplomas.
  • Contact information for two references.
  • The earliest date you can start to work.
  • An appendix with current publications (if applicable).
  • A link to your thesis (latest/highest degree).

You apply online through our recruitment system by clicking on the “apply” button.It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and instructions.Instructions to applicants can be found at case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH, embraces diversity and welcomes applicants with varying backgrounds and experiences.We work actively to take advantage of the qualities that diversity and an even gender distribution contribute to our operations.We have chosen media for this recruitment and therefore we reject contact with advertisers or sellers of recruitment services.

About the Department

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.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

Place of employment: Karlskrona.

Employment level: 100%.

Commencement: To be agreed.

Duration: Temporary position. The duration is up to 4 years of full-time research. The position may comprise up to 20% of other duties (e.g., teaching), in which case the duration can be extended to a maximum of 5 years.

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Contact details

Michael Mattsson
Professor/Head of Department
[email protected]

Monica Carlsson

Mikael Åsman
Union representative (SACO)
[email protected]

Monika Bergkvist
Union representative (OFR)
[email protected]

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