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PhD on Developing a Software Platform for Software Analytics

PhD on Developing a Software Platform for Software Analytics

Irène Curie Fellowship
Mathematics and Computer Science
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Job description

Many research groups in the field of Software Engineering create wonderful tools for analysing source code and various other aspects of software projects, such as tools for identifying design smells and tools for analysing security vulnerabilities. However, building on each other’s tools and replicating studies with other group’s tools remains very challenging. The challenge we aim to tackle in this project is to design and build a Platform for Software Analytics. Ideally, this infrastructure provides a platform for the worldwide community of Software Analytics researchers. This platform should allow the analysis of large volumes of software development projects using transparent and repeatable workflowsFor example, researchers in software evolution could define a workflow that extracts key complexity metrics as well as team-activity metrics and study how these evolve over time. A vision for such an infrastructure is described in this paper: T. Ho-Quang, M. R. V. Chaudron, G. Robles, G. B. Herwanto: Towards an infrastructure for empirical research into software architecture: challenges and directions. ECASE@ICSE 2019.

  • Are you eager to contribute to creating better tooling for doing software science?
  • Are you fascinated by developing interoperable software analysis tools?
  • Are you passionate about usability of software development environments?

Job Description

The main aim of this project is to develop a common platform for Software Analytics. Key building capabilities that this platform needs to offer are: access to large volumes of software engineering data (e.g. via, Software Heritage), a common data-model for various software engineering artefacts that enables interoperability between tools, and tools for visualizing the results of software analysis workflows. For this, we will explore which frameworks and platforms are around – such as Galaxy.

You will be part of the Software Engineering and Technology (SET) Research group at Eindhoven University, and your supervisor will be Prof. Dr. Michel Chaudron. The SET group has an excellent track record in performing empirical studies in the field of software analytics. Moreover, SET offers a welcoming, international working environment, where English is the working-language.

This project aims to cater for both the national and ideally also for the international community in software analytics.

Job requirements

  • As a person, you are curious, you thrive in a team, but you can also work independently, you enjoy developing software (‘hands-on’).
  • You hold a master’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related topic.
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English (C1 level).

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.

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