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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Four PhD student positions in formal methods, Gothenburg, SWEDEN

Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

*Job description ...*

*... of the 2 PhD positions in Formal Methods*
The Formal Methods group is an internationally recognized research group with a 
high-profile research track record and an excellent network of collaborators. 
The group's research focus is in the theoretical and practical aspects of 
formal software verification, including automated reasoning, interactive 
theorem proving, runtime verification, and test generation. Together with 
international collaborators, the group members co-developed widely recognized 
verification tools like KeY (, Vampire 
and LARVA. The research of the two advertised PhD positions will be in the area 
of Software Verification, where
- one position has a stronger focus on the creative use and development of 
automated reasoning techniques for software verification,
- the other has a stronger focus on combining static and runtime verification 
of software.
The selection of the specific research topic will take into account both the 
interests of the new PhD student and the research agenda of the group.

*... of the (up to) 2 PhD positions in Language-based Security*
The PhD students will join a world-leading team of researchers on programming 
language-based security. Language-based security facilitates specifying and 
enforcing security policies at the level of programming languages early in the 
software design and construction phase. The focus of the advertised positions 
is on the following directions of work:
- To design rich security policies for confidentiality and integrity, as 
demanded by practical applications (such as web applications).
- To develop practical enforcement mechanisms for these policies in expressive 
programming languages (such as web languages). These enforcement mechanisms may 
combine static (for example, type system-based) and dynamic (for example, 
execution monitoring-based) techniques.
- To support the above with case studies in web-application security.
In pursuing these goals, there are possibilities for collaboration with our 
high-profile academic and industrial partners. We run a number of ambitious 
projects with top international partners in academia and industry, including 
the European project WebSand on web application security:

*Details about Employment*

PhD student positions are limited to five years and normally include 20 per 
cent departmental work, mostly teaching duties. Salary for the position is as 
specified in Chalmers' general agreement for PhD student positions. Currently 
the starting salary is 26,250SEK a month before tax. The positions are intended 
to start in spring or fall 2013.

*Suitable Background*

Applicants for a PhD position must have a degree in Computing Science or in a 
related subject with a strong Computing Science component. They must also have 
a strong, documented interest in doing research. The ideal candidate for a 
position in Formal Methods will have strong background in one or more of the 
following areas: logic, theorem proving, software verification. The ideal 
candidate for a position in Language-based Security will have strong background 
in both programming languages and security. You may even apply if you have not 
yet completed your degree, but expect to do so before the position starts.

*The Department*

The Department has about 70 faculty members and enrolls about 70 PhD students 
from more than 30 countries. The research spans the whole spectrum, from 
theoretical foundations to applied systems development. There is extensive 
national and international collaboration with academia and industry all around 
the world. For more information, see

Knowledge of Swedish is not a prerequisite for application. English is our 
working language for research. Both Swedish and English are used in 
undergraduate courses. Half of our researchers and PhD students come from more 
than 30 different countries.

*Gothenburg, Sweden*

Gothenburg is often referred to as the "heart of Scandinavia". The videos below 
give an impression what it's like to live and study in Gothenburg.

Live in Gothenburg:

Study in Gothenburg:

*How to Apply*

Electronic application can be submitted following these guidelines:

For the PhD positions in Formal Methods:

For the PhD positions in Language-based Security: