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Postdoc: Software Analytics and Process Mining

Function (Post-doctoral) Researcher
Departments Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
FTE 1,0
Date off 31/01/2015
Reference number V32.2144


In the context of the 3TU.BSR “Big Software on the Run” research program we are looking for 6 PhDs and 3 Postdoc interested in Software Analytics and Data Science.

The project will run for a period of four years and is supported by the three Dutch technical universities (Eindhoven University of Technology, TU Delft, and University of Twente). It was initiated by 3TU.NIRICT, the Netherlands Institute for Research on ICT, which comprises all ICT research of the three universities of technology in the Netherlands. The PhD positions will run for 4 years. The three postdocs will be appointed for 2-3 years.


Millions of lines of code - written in different languages by different people at different times, and operating on a variety of platforms - drive the systems performing key processes in our society. The resulting software needs to evolve and can no longer be controlled a priori as is illustrated by a range of software problems. The 3TU.BSR research program will develop novel techniques and tools to analyze software systems in vivo - making it possible to visualize behavior, create models, check conformance, predict problems, and recommend corrective actions. To deal with Big Software on the Run (BSR), we propose to shift the main focus from a priori software design to a posteriori software analytics thereby exploiting the large amounts of event data generated by today's systems. The core idea is to study software systems in vivo, i.e., at runtime and in their natural habitat. We would like to understand the actual (desired or undesired) behavior of software. Running software needs to adapt to evolving and diverging environments and requirements. This forces us to consider software artifacts as “living organisms operating in changing ecosystem”. This paradigm shift requires new forms of empirical investigation that go far beyond the common practice of collecting error messages and providing software updates.


The postdoc will be involved in the supervision of the PhDs based at Eindhoven University of Technology (PhD positions 1 & 2). Moreover, the postdoc will also run the Eindhoven side of the 3TU.BSR “Big Software on the Run” research program. This also includes making sure that software and application efforts are integrated and coordinated between the different subprojects.

Job requirements


We are looking for candidates that meet the following requirements:

Note that we are looking for candidates that really want to make a difference and like to work on things that have a high practical relevance while having the ambition to compete at an international scientific level (i.e., present at top conferences and in top journals).

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