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PhD student in software testing, Within the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS), TU Delft, the Netherlands – Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: PhD student
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: September 25, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 2434 to 3111 Euro/Month

Workplace:
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science
Department of Software Technology (ST)
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Delft,

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Qualification Details

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science
  • A strong interest in software testing, empirical research, and/or socio-technical factors
  • Strong programming and software engineering skills. Good knowledge of software testing is a definite plus.
  • Good communication and presentation skills in English
  • Ability to work in an international team
  • A healthy dose of creativenes

Responsibilities/Job Description

Within the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS), the Department of Software Technology (ST) comprises the EEMCS faculty research groups working on core computer science and engineering topics. The department is responsible for a large part of the curriculum of the BSc and MSc programmes in Computer Science as well as the MSc programme in Embedded Systems. The department’s research mission is to perform excellent research at an internationally-recognised level in the design, construction and analysis of complex, concurrent and cooperative computer and information systems. Inspiration for the research topics is derived largely from technical ICT problems in industry and society. The Department moved into new office and lab space in 2018.

The Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) is part of the department of ST and a member of the research school IPA. The group employs approximately 30 people, comprising full, associate, and assistant professors, postdocs, and PhD students. The main research areas for the group include but are not limited to software analytics, software testing, software quality and maintenance, software evolution and search-based software engineering. The involved researchers have developed numerous techniques to make it easier for software developers to (1) understand, (2) maintain and (3) test existing software systems. More information about the group can be found here: https://se.ewi.tudelft.nl

SERG has recently acquired a NWO Vici grant called TestShift. The Vici grant is the most prestigious personal research grant from the Dutch Science Foundation NWO and will reinforce the software testing research line at Delft University of Technology.

For this project we are seeking enthusiastic Master students interested in obtaining a PhD degree in the broad area of software testing. The prospective PhD student is expected to do high-quality research: coming up with creative solutions, working diligently to iron out all details and getting a deeper understanding, interacting with peers around the world, but also interacting with practitioners from both the open source and industrial domain to evaluate your research.

With software failures costing the economy USD 1.7 billion in 2017 alone, the goal of TestShift is to understand and radically change how software engineers consider their testing activities. Firstly, we want to understand their considerations, the trade-offs they make when deciding (not) to test (anymore). This complex matter is likely not the decision of an individual, but rather originating from a set of complex socio-technical circumstances. Secondly, with the help of very specialised test analytics TestShift aims to inform developers and development teams of their testing efforts and indicate potential shortfalls, with the aim of steering software developing organisations to test more effectively and efficiently. Thirdly, how can we make it as easy as possible to let developers write tests. Can we rely on mechanisms for automatically generating test cases, or do these need to be constructed in conjunction with expert knowledge from developers?

TestShift is rooted in empirical software engineering and the PhD candidate will construct prototype tools, that are to be evaluated by prospective users, i.e., software engineers and software testers.

Located in a charming college town, TU Delft is the largest and oldest public technological university in the Netherlands. The university is regularly ranked among the most highly-rated worldwide for engineering and technology. Information about academic careers in the Netherlands and working at TU Delft can be found at www.factcards.nl and www.tudelft.nl/en/about-tu-delft/working-at-tu-delft/coming-to-the-netherlands-tu-delft/

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page or from advertisement webpage (URL below)

Reference Number: TUD01437
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before October 25, 2021 via the application button and upload an application package containing:

  • A detailed CV (with contact information for 2 references; sending references letters yourself is not necessary)
  • A letter of motivation that includes a paragraph on your vision of the TestShift project (e.g., what do you consider to be an urgent topic to address in the area of software testing, how would you go about the project, how does your vision relate to the topics of TestShift, etc.). Hint: be creative! (a generic letter of motivation is not appreciated)
  • A (draft) version of your Master thesis
  • Optional: (draft) versions of papers that you have submitted/published
  • A detailed transcript of university grades
  • Proof of English proficiency

About the Department

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

About the Employer: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Note or Other details

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2434 per month in the first year to € 3111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

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Contact details

For information about this vacancy, you can contact: Prof.dr. A. Zaidman, full professor, email: a.e.zaidman@tudelft.nl, tel: +31152785546

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