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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral positions in formal verification and planning, ITALY

Post-Doc Positions Available Embedded System Research Unit, Center for Information and Communication Technology Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy

The Embedded System Research Unit ( of the Information and Communication 
Technology Center of the Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy, is seeking candidates for 
Post-Doc positions, to be hosted according to the call of proposal "Trentino - The Trentino 
programme of research, training and mobility of post-doctoral researchers", to be funded by 
the Autonomous Province of Trento, see:

Applications are invited in the broad field of formal verification and planning. Topics of 
interest include:

- Model Checking
- Safety Analysis
- Schedulability
- Planning and Run-time Monitoring

Project proposals may have a duration of between two and three years, and its yearly cost must not 
exceed 50.000 Euro.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate should have a PhD degree in computer science, mathematics or electronic 
engineering, combine solid theoretical background and software development skills, and have some 
degree of autonomy.

The candidate should be able to work in a collaborative environment, with a strong commitment to 
reaching research excellence and achieving assigned objectives.

In depth previous experience in at least one of the following areas will be considered favorably:

- Symbolic Model Checking
- Propositional Satisfiability
- Satisfiability Modulo Theory
- Requirements Analysis
- Constraint Solving and Optimization
- Monitoring and Diagnosability
- Software Verification
- Safety Analysis (FTA, FMEA)

We draw attention on the following requirements stated in the call for proposal.

(1) The proposing researcher must have a PhD, obtained in Italy or
     abroad no more than three years before the deadline of this call.

(2) The proposing researcher must not have had any working
     relationship (including any fellowship, scholarship, research
     grant, contract, cooperation) with any research organizations
     which have their registered office or operating centres inside
     Trento Province, longer than 30 days on the whole, during the two
     years before the deadline of this call.

Applications and Inquiries

Potential candidates should express their interest and/or inquire for further information by 
sending email to .

Applications should contain a statement of interest, with a Curriculum Vitae, and the names of 
three reference persons. PDF format is strongly encouraged.

Emails will be automatically processed and should have

        'RIF: ES/postdoc'

as subject.

Potential candidates will be interviewed in order to define the objectives of the research 
activities and to obtain the endorsement of the hosting institution. If successful, they will be 
required to complete the application through the PAT site by September 27th, 2011.

The applications will be evaluated by an independent team of experts.

The Embedded System Research Unit

The Embedded Systems Unit consists of about 15 persons, including researchers, post-Doc, PhD 
students, and programmers. The Unit carries out research, tool development and technology 
transfer in the fields of design and verification of embedded systems.

Current research directions include:

* Satisfiability Modulo Theory, and its application to the
   verification of hardware, embedded critical software, and hybrid
   systems (Verilog, SystemC, C/C++, StateFlow/Simulink)

* Model Based Planning and Scheduling of aerospace domains using model
   checking and satisfiability modulo theory techniques

* Formal Requirements Analysis based on techniques for temporal logics
   (consistency checking, vacuity detection, input determinism,
   cause-effect analysis, realizability and synthesis)

* Model-based engineering and formal verification of aerospace systems
   using model checking techniques, on-board reasoning systems for
   autonomous vehicles using planning techniques

* Formal Safety Analysis, based on the integration of traditional
   techniques (e.g. Fault-tree analysis, FMEA) with symbolic
   verification techniques

The unit develops and maintains several tools:

* the NuSMV symbolic model checker (

* the MathSAT SMT solver (

* the Formal Safety Analysis Platform FSAP (

* the Requirements Analysis Tool RAT (

* the Software Model Checker Kratos (

The unit is currently involved in several research projects, funded by the European Union, the 
European Space Agency, the European Railway Agency, as well as in industrial technology transfer 
projects. The projects aim at applying research results to key application domains such as space, 
avionics, railways, hardware design and mobile embedded applications.

A list of past and present projects, the unit has been involved in,


The Embedded Systems (ES) Unit is part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 
Center of Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), formerly Istituto Trentino di Cultura, a private 
non-profit research centre established by the government of Autonomous Province of Trento (PAT) 
in 1976. The institute, through its ICT Center, is active in the areas of Information Technology, 
Microsystems, and Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces. Today, FBK is an internationally 
recognized research institute, collaborating with industries, universities, and public and private 
laboratories in Italy and abroad. The institute's applied and basic research activities aim at 
resolving real-world problems, driven by the need for technological innovation in society and 


Trento is a lively town of about 100.000 inhabitants, located 130 km south of the border between 
Italy and Austria. It is well known for the beauty of its mountains and lakes, and it offers the 
possibility to practice a wide range of sports. Trento enjoys a rich cultural and historical 
heritage, and it is the ideal starting point for day trips to famous towns such as Venice or 
Verona, as well as to enjoy great naturalistic journeys. Detailed information about Trento and
its region can be found at


Autonomous Province of Trento, University and Scientific Research:

Call for applications:

Submission site (not yet active):

Fondazione Bruno Kessler: Center for Information
Technology: Embedded Systems Research Unit:

Contact Persons

* Alessandro Cimatti