PhD Position in Software Engineering (1.0 FTE)

University of Groningen




The University of Groningen has an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education, offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 31,000 students and 5,600 employees to develop their own individual talents. The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite with a classification in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU, the THE World University Rankings, the U.S. News ‘Best Global Universities Ranking’, and the NTU Ranking. It marks the 24th place in the global ranking of Best Places to Work in Academia, scoring 3rd best in Europe and 5th non-US university. Joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Software Engineering & Architecture group at the University of Groningen conducts empirical research jointly with industry on software architecture, with strong emphasis on architecture knowledge, evolution, analytics and technical debt.

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Job Description

The PhD position will be part of an ITEA project entitled VISDOM that deals with analysis and visualization of DevOps. The aim of the project is to provide simple “health check” visualizations about the state of the development process, software and use.
Our group will focus specifically on developing methods and tools to measure and visualize quality of software (particularly technical debt). We will look into artefacts that are linked to source code but also the running system: issue tracking, log files, project management data, performance traces, ecosystem dependencies, etc. Using such data, our goal is to provide high-level and focused visualizations that would allow the development teams to improve their development process and the quality of their code (e.g. opportunities for refactoring or other forms of technical debt remediation).


  • you should have a MSc or equivalent in computer science, software engineering or a related discipline
  • you are expected to have an excellent academic record (transcripts from your university degree) and be curious, creative and ambitious
  • you should be able to write scientific articles and reports (proven by your graduation thesis or another comparable report) and be fluent in English
  • you should have affinity to research with an industrial focus, be a team player, open-minded and actively participate in knowledge sharing.

Conditions of Employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary of € 2,325.00 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,972.00 gross per month in the fourth and final year
  • a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.

You may apply for this position until 2 June 2019 11.59pm / before 3 June 2019 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below).

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

A letter of motivation, full CV and the names and email addresses of three professional references. Please state the University and GPA of your BSc and MSc, as well as any awards, distinctions, and publications within your motivation letter. Please feel free to make informal requests about the position to the following contact person.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

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For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Paris Avgeriou, Head of the SEARCH group, +31 50 3637057,

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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