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University of Mons

Vacant PhD position in UMONS (Belgium) on Software Development Workflow Ecosystems

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As a direct continuation of the very succesful Excellence of Science research project SECO-ASSIST, the Software Engineering Lab of the University of Mons (Belgium) has a vacant position for a PhD candidate to work on an F.R.S.-FNRS research project entitled "Empirical analysis, recommendations and improvements for software development workflow automation ecosystems". Mons is centrally located in Europe, close to the French border, and the lab is well-connected to other research teams worldwide. A PhD position in our lab is an ideal stepping stone for an independent research career in academia or industry. The university is French-speaking, but the lab host researchers of various nationalities, hence the working language for research activities will be English.

Qualification requirements

Qualified candidates need to:

  • be available to start the position no later than July 1st, 2022 (preferably earlier).
  • have obtained their masters diploma no later than 3 years before that start date of the PhD contract.
  • have a masters degree in computer science, software engineering, or an equivalent 5-year degree programme that shows the required skills in software engineering and data science that are needed to carry out the PhD research.
  • have very good knowledge of English (knowledge of French is a plus even if not strictly required).

In case of doubt, interested applicants should reach out to Prof. Tom Mens (the lab director) by e-mail to check if they potentially qualify for the position.

Application details

Official application should include:

  • A personalised motivation letter, explaining why the candidate is the best fit for the vacant PhD position.
  • A list of all degrees obtained, together with the grade transcripts of each year/semester and (if available) ranking.
  • A short curriculum vitae detailing the past experience (education, research and professional) of the candidate. We prefer terse CVs focusing on quality rather than quantity.
  • A digital copy of the master thesis.
  • If applicable, a digital copy of any (co-)authored publications demonstrating some of the expected expertise.
  • Contact details and reference letters of two or more referees that we may contact.

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Project summary

In English

Empirical analysis, recommendations and improvements for software development workflow automation ecosystems

This project aims to empirically analyse and support the emerging ecosystems of software development workflow automation artefacts (such as development bots and continuous integration services in social coding platforms such as GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket) used by geographically distributed software projects. Such development workflow artefacts are software components that automate repetitive human activity during collaborative software development, allowing to increase the productivity and quality of software projects. Focusing on open source software projects in particular, we will qualitatively and quantitatively study the usage, benefits and drawbacks of such workflow automation artefacts and their encompassing ecosystems. We will propose and evaluate recommendation models to propose projects to use new workflow automation artefacts, and to upgrade oàr replace the existing ones used by the project. We will also analyse the quality and health issues encountered in these emerging ecosystems of strongly interconnected software development workflow artefacts, by drawing inspiration from existing research results on the health of dependency networks of reusable software libraries. Finally, we will propose guidelines and techniques aiming to reduce the observed health issues.

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Persoonlijke gegevens*
A personalised motivation letter, explaining why the candidate is the best fit for the vacant PhD position.*
A list of all degrees obtained, together with the grade transcripts of each year/semester and (if available) ranking.*
A short curriculum vitae detailing the past experience (education, research and professional) of the candidate. We prefer terse CVs focusing on quality rather than quantity.*
A digital copy of the master thesis.*
If applicable, a digital copy of any (co-)authored publications demonstrating some of the expected expertise.*
Contact details and reference letters of two or more referees that we may contact.*

*Door te solliciteren op een functie op Academic Positions ga je akkoord met onze algemene voorwaarden en ons privacybeleid.

Informatie over de vacature

Functienaam
Vacant PhD position in UMONS (Belgium) on Software Development Workflow Ecosystems
Werkgever
Locatie
20, place du Parc Bergen, België
Gepubliceerd
2022-01-03
Uiterste sollicitatiedatum
Unspecified
Soort functie
PhD
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