Netherlands: PhD position Communication and Verification of Architectures design and its Rationale at University of Twente

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The University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands) and Aselsan (Ankara, Turkey) are seeking enthusiastic and creative Ph.D. candidates of Turkish nationality, with an outstanding M.Sc. degree in Computer Science (or an equivalent qualification) and/or electrical Engineering.

Candidates should have thorough theoretical and practical background in software engineering methods, software architectures, programming languages and modeling techniques. Depending on the projects (see the list below) applied to by the candidate, knowledge in product line engineering, scheduling, event-driven and service-oriented architectures, formal modeling approaches and optimization techniques is favorable.

Communication and verification of architecture design and its rationale (CVAR): The project CVAR aims to define methods, techniques and tools for specifying,communicating and verifying software systems through the use of graphical notations. These notations have well-defined semantics and can be analysed through simulating the dynamics of the software models so that the software systems can be communicated easily and the possible errors can be detected conveniently before extensive programming effort is carried out. This project adopts design rationale analysis and model checking techniques.


To be eligible for the above projects, you must be in possession of:

* A Master of Science degree in Computer Science/Engineering and/or
Electrical Engineering
* Fluency in English in speaking and in writing
* Ambition to combine academic work with industry
* Turkish citizenship
* Excellent study performance
* Evidence of creativity

The applicants who fulfill the conditions above should upload an application letter indicating the project they are applying for (see list above) with a clear motivation, a CV with a list of courses taken and projects carried out previously, an electronic copy of the MSc thesis and of any publications, and two references.

Candidates are invited to upload their application by using the application link below, before November 15, 2013.

Information about the position at Aselsan can be obtained from Özgü Özköse Erdoğan, ASELSAN, REHİS Mission Software Manager,

Conditions of employment

* Excellent research environment. The Software Technology Group at the University of Twente provides an excellent research environment with intensive supervision.

* Excellent carrier opportunity at Aselsan. The candidates will be employed by Aselsan and will be assigned to carry on the Ph.D. program at University of Twente. After succesfully completing the Ph.D. degree, they will continue with working at Aselsan.

* Excellent education environment. The University of Twente offers advanced courses in the topics that are relevant for these projects*. The Ph.D. candidates will mainly carry out research activities; they will be asked to follow courses in the areas that are considered relevant and necessary.

* Team work of Research & Industry. The faculty members, Aselsan and Ph.D. candidates will cooperate to address complex industrial problems. Projects will be carried out with Aselsan located in Ankara, Turkey. Frequent visits will be made to the company to identify the relevant industrial issues and to validate the applicability of the proposed

* Open to the scientific world. Publications, presentations at workshops and conferences are expected as part of the outcome, and visits to relevant research teams in the world will be encouraged.

* Excellent campus environment. The University of Twente is located in a very beautiful campus with extensive sporting and recreation possibilities.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies’ activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.

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