PhD scholarship in Computer Science, University of Copenhagen (DIKU)

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PhD scholarship in computer science. A PhD scholarship is available
at the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen (DIKU)
within 3d generation enterprise resource planning systems (3gERP), a
collaborative strategic research project with partners at Copenhagen
Business School and Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen. The
scholarships are funded by the Danish National Advanced Technology
Foundation (3) and the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen (1).

The general goal of the Ph.D. project is to contribute to developing
theories, technologies and tools aimed at rapid and cost-efficient
development, customization and deployment of enterprise systems that
support continuous adaptation to rapidly changing requirements across
different enterprises and over time. The outcome the Ph.D. project is
expected to be a Ph.D. thesis that contributes significant results to
computer science and demonstrates their relevance to the goals of 3gERP.

The research topics covering this and other computer science Ph.D. projects within 3gERP are:

  • process specification languages and tools for capturing, managing,
    and analyzing processes such as contracts, work flows and production
  • reporting languages and incrementalization technology for automatic
    transformation of business analysis functions to operate in real time
    in a transactional environment;
  • design of software architecture supporting dynamic
    updating/upgrading of components, including user-specific business
    processes, report functions and kernel modules (run-time system);
  • static and dynamic verification of components against system requirements (resources, security) and business rules.

For more information see “About 3gERP” on

Qualifications and requirements
The Ph.D. scholarship requires enrolment in the Ph.D. program at DIKU
under either the 5+3 model or the 4+4 model. Salary and appointment
terms are according to the national employment agreements for Ph.D.
students under the 5+3, respectively 4+4 models. Under the 5+3 model,
the scholarship runs for 3 years at full salary level; to qualify, the
applicant must have a 5-year Master’s degree in computer science by the
time the position is commenced. Under the 4+4 model, the scholarship
runs for 4 years, with the first 2 years at a reduced stipend level
and, subject to a qualifying exam, the final 2 years at full salary
level; to qualify the applicant must have a recently acquired 3-year
Bachelor’s degree in computer science and 1 year (60 ECTS points) of
activities (courses, projects) in a computer science, software
engineering or information systems graduate program.

Since high-level formal models, including domain-specific high-level
languages, and their automated analysis are expected to play a central
role in the architecture, tools and technology areas of 3gERP,
applicants are expected to have a strong computer science background
including formal methods documented by one or more courses or projects
in programming language semantics, program analysis, model checking,
type systems, process calculi, program transformations, domain-specific
languages, formal specification languages or similar. For
proof-of-concept implementations, practical experience with related
software development problems (e.g., design and implementation of a
domain-specific language) and technologies (e.g. web-service
technologies such as BPEL) are advantageous. Prior knowledge of ERP
systems or generally business information systems from academia or
industry is also advantageous. Note that an active interest in
interactions with researchers and practitioners in business information
systems is important. Both experienced and “fresh out of university”
candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applying for the position
If you are interested in this Ph.D. scholarship at DIKU, please read the material on the project
website carefully. If you have questions you are
encouraged to contact Prof. Fritz Henglein (email:,
tel.: +45-35321463, Skype: henglein) prior to sending an application.

An application must contain the following parts:

  • Cover letter, including contact information and an indication as to
    whether you have a Master’s degree (application for Ph.D. scholarship
    under 5+3 model) or not (application
    under 4+4 model).
  • Motivation for applying for a 3gERP Ph.D. scholarship at DIKU
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Documentation of academic qualifications
  • Documentation of other qualifications (if any) such as relevant practical experience
  • If you have any publications (this is not required, though),
    copies of at most 2 publications (max. 20 pages each), including
    co-authorship statements.

The application must be submitted electronically. The individual
parts should be formatted as plain text (Latin1 subset) or in Portable
Document Format (PDF) and sent by email as a single ZIP formatted
attachment to The email message should have the
subject line “3gERP Ph.D. scholarship application”. Up to two letters
of reference (this is helpful, but not required) may be submitted in
support of an application. Letters of reference should be sent directly
to with subject line “Letter of reference for ”.
An author of a letter is requested to indicate whether or not the
applicant is familiar with the letter’s contents at the time it is sent.

Applications are processed in two phases: an individual evaluation
of the academic qualifications for the present Ph.D. scholarship;
followed by a selection process amongst those applicants found
qualified in the first phase. Applicants should be prepared to be
interviewed (by phone and/or in person) in connection with the second

Applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of age, sex, religion or ethnic background are invited.

Important dates
Deadline for applications and letters of reference: Thursday, April 2nd, 2007,
12:00 noon (Central European Summer Time). Expected start of Ph.D.
position: May 1st, 2007, or as soon as possible thereafter, though no
later than August 1st, 2007.

Official Announcement

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