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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student & Postdoc positions in Rigorous Systems Engineering, Austria (various places)


The RiSE project is a National Research Network funded by the Austrian National Science Foundation (FWF) on the topic of Rigorous Systems Engineering.

RiSE is concerned with improving
the quality of complex software systems.  It aims to move beyond classical, a posteriori verification techniques such as model checking, to an integrated approach of system design and formal verification.

RiSE is looking for several postdocs and PhD students in formal methods, systems engineering and related fields such as programming languages and distributed systems, to work on topics such as:
- design and verification of concurrent and real-time software;
- reactive synthesis and game theory;
- logical decision procedures.

RiSE will consider applications by graduates in computer science and related fields such as mathematics and computer engineering, with an excellent record.

RiSE offers a concentration of researchers in formal methods and systems engineering which is hard to find elsewhere.
RiSE brings together nine Austrian researchers as primary investigators:

Armin Biere - JKU Linz (
Roderick Bloem - TU Graz ( Krishnendu Chatterjee - IST Austria ( Uwe Egly - TU Wien ( Thomas A. Henzinger - IST Austria ( Christoph Kirsch - PLU Salzburg ( Laura Kovacs - TU Wien ( Ulrich Schmid - TU Wien ( Helmut Veith - TU Wien (

More information can be found at


We invite PhD students and postdocs to join us in an ambitious program of research in Rigorous Systems Engineering starting on 1 March 2011.

Please send applications either to or to one of the Principal Investigators (PIs).
Applicants should include a CV and indicate clearly their topic(s) of interest and/or which PI(s) they are applying to.

Applications will be considered until positions are filled.
The start date is negotiable; earliest starting date is 1 March 2011.

RiSE is committed to equality and diversity.
Female students are encouraged to apply.

Mandatory requirements for successful PhD applications are:
* Strong interest in research
* Excellent university degree in computer science or mathematics
* Basic knowledge in mathematics, logic, systems  and formal methods
* Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English

Mandatory requirements for successful postdoc applications are:
* Strong interest in research
* Excellent PhD degree in computer science
* Well-founded knowledge in mathematics, logic, systems and formal methods
* Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English
* Publications at international conferences or journals