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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Two PhD student or postdoctoral positions in stochastic model checking, Twente, THE NETHERLANDS

*The Formal Methods & Tool Group has **at University of Twente*
 *two PhD or Postdoc positions available in stochastic model checking*

 POSITION 1: smart railroad maintenance via stochastic model checking

 Goal of the ArRangeer project is to develop smart railroad maintenance
 techniques through stochastic modeling, analysis and optimization. In
 particular, our aim is to extend the widely used fault tree formalism with
 maintenance models. The scientific core is the extension and refinement of
 stochastic model checking and stochastic decisions techniques to
 maintenance planning problems.

 We will extensively cooperate with the RWTH Aachen University, and
 maintenance engineers from ProRail, Movares and NedTrain. Key project
 deliverables are efficient analysis algorithms and a workable tool to be
 used in the ProRail context.
 For more information in this project, see or contact m.i.a.stoelinga@utwente.nlor

   POSITION 2: Quantitative security analysis via stochastic model checking

 (EU FP7 project TREsPASS)

 Goal of the TREsPASS project is to develop an attack navigator to predict,
 prioritize and prevent information security attacks. We will use a
 model-based and quantitative approach. In particular, we will develop
 methods and techniques to expose which attack opportunities are possible;
 which of them are most urgent; and which countermeasures are most effective.

 Scientific core of our work is the extension, refinement, and tailoring of
 stochastic model checking and stochastic decision-theory techniques to
 quantify risks on attacks, attack scenarios and the effectiveness of
 countermeasures. Key project deliverables are efficient analysis algorithms
 and their implementation in a workable tool.
   For more information in this project, see  or contact m.i.a.stoelinga@utwente.nlor

 During the whole project, we will extensively cooperate with the TREsPASS
 partners, most notably with Aalborg University Denmark, Technical
 University Denmark, University of Luxemburg, and the industrial partners
 Cybernetica and Consult Hyperion.


     - We are looking for a candidates with a strong background in
     mathematics or theoretical computer science, and the will to apply this
     expertise in practical case studies.
     - The projects are supervised by Dr Marielle Stoelinga (both), Prof.dr.
     Jaco van de Pol (TREsPASS) and Prof.dr.Joost-Pieter Katoen (ArRangeer)
     - PhD student/Postdoc: Full status as an employee at the University of
     Twente, including pension and health care benefits.
     - Gross salary PhD student: ranging from EUR 2083 (1st year) to EUR 2664
     (4th year) per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus
     - Gross salary Postdoc: starting from EUR 2919 plus holiday allowance
     (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%)

 We are looking forward to your application (deadline December 1) via the
 following links:
 for ArRangeer.