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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student position in programming, modelling and verification of concurrent software, Bamberg, GERMANY

PhD Position: Programming, Modelling and Verification of Concurrent 

The Software Technologies Research Group at the University of Bamberg, 
located in a world-heritage city in Northern Bavaria in Germany, conducts 
research in the foundations and practice of software specification, 
verification and analysis. The group currently has one full-time PhD 
position (E13 TV-L, German public sector pay scale) available in the 
context of a new research project that will develop novel formalisms and 
techniques for concurrent software systems.

About the topic

Todays ubiquitous multicore computing platforms have changed the landscape 
of programming languages and their APIs. These focus increasingly on 
shielding the software engineer from low-level details of threads, 
concurrency and parallelism via clever abstractions of the underlying 
platform. Such abstractions are implemented in programming languages and 
libraries such as Grand Central Dispatch, node.js, OpenMP, Erlang and Go. 
As concurrent computation platforms arise everywhere, even in safety 
critical systems, writing software that is correct and safe becomes the 
engineer's primary concern. However, proving concurrent systems to be a 
priori correct and safe requires additional research in the theory and 
practice of programming languages, compilers, verification techniques, and 
analysis tools. We are looking for a researcher to strengthen our team in 
one or several of these areas.

Your background and experience

A strong background in Computer Science is required, such as evidenced by 
an upper class Masters degree in Computer Science or a closely related 
discipline. We target two not necessarily disjoint types of candidates: 
First, practitioners with a good knowledge of and experience with modern 
programming languages (e.g., C++/C#, Java, OCaml) and state-of-the-art 
concurrent and asynchronous languages and APIs (e.g., Grand Central 
Dispatch, node.js, OpenMP, Erlang, Go); second, theoreticians with basic 
knowledge in formal methods and theoretical computer science (e.g., formal 
semantics, automata theory, graph transformation systems, model checking, 
and/or compiler construction).

Applicants are expected to be fluent in spoken and written English, some 
knowledge of German is desirable to support the group's teaching in 
software engineering and programming languages (up to 5 contact hours per 
semester week).

Further information and how to apply

Please send your informative CV, copies of transcripts and awarded 
degrees, and a cover letter outlining your research interests to 
info(at)swt-bamberg.de. You can address any questions to Prof. Gerald 
Lttgen or Dr. Alexander Heuner by using the same email address, and find 
out additional information about Bamberg's Software Technologies Research 
Group on its website located at www.uni-bamberg.de/en/swt/.