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PhD positions in concurrency/distribution/verification at ETH

As part of our “Concurrency Made Easy” ERC Advanced Investigator Grant project (2012-2017), we are offering PhD positions at the Chair of Software Engineering of ETH Zurich. The goal of the project is to build a sophisticated programming and verification architecture to make concurrent and distributed programming simple and reliable, based on the ideas of Eiffel and particularly the SCOOP concurrency model. Concurrency in its various forms (particularly multithreading) as well as distributed computing are required for most of today’s serious programs, but programming concurrent applications remains a challenge. The CME project is determined to break this complexity barrier.  Inevitably, achieving simplicity for users (in this case, application programmers) requires, under the hood, a sophisticated infrastructure, both conceptual (theoretical models) and practical (the implementation). We are building that infrastructure.

ETH offers an outstanding research and education environment and competitive salaries for “assistants” (PhD students), who are generally expected in addition to their research to participate in teaching, in particular introductory programming, and other activities of the Chair.  The candidates we seek have: a master’s degree in computer science or related field from a recognized institution (as required by ETH); a strong software engineering background, both practical and theoretical, and more generally a strong computer science and mathematical culture; a good knowledge of verification techniques (e.g. Hoare-style, model-checking, abstract interpretation); some background in concurrency or distribution; and a passion for high-quality software development. Prior publications, and experience with Eiffel, are pluses. In line with ETH policy, particular attention will be given to female candidates.

Before applying, you should become familiar with our work; see in particular the research pages at including the full description of the CME project at

Candidates should send (in PDF or text ) to a CV and a short cover letter describing their view of the CME project and ideas about their possible contribution.

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Positions open at ETH in concurrency and verification

We have positions open at both the PhD and Postdoc levels at the Chair of Software Engineering at ETH Zurich, the Chair of Software Engineering. As noted in an earlier article, I recently
received an Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council (5 years, 2.5 million euros) on the theme “Concurrency Made Easy”; see [1] for the project description. We are also recruiting for our effort of building an advanced verification environment around Eiffel (EVE, Eiffel Verification Environment), under the slogan “Verification As a Matter of Course”; see e.g. the slides at [2], although the details are no longer up to date.


  • Excellent background in verification.
  • For the concurrency project, excellent background in concurrency.
  • Good publications on relevant topics (particularly for the postdoc positions).
  • Excellent mastery of object-oriented programming, including Eiffel concepts & Design by Contract.
  • Mix of theoretical and practical (software development) talents.
  • Passion for research and determination to advance the state of software engineering.

Please send a CV to this address; also include a position statement describing (briefly, half a page to two pages) on what topics you would like to work and what you think you can contribute. Obviously you should take some time to become familiar with our work , starting from the research pages at [3].


[1] Concurrency Made Easy project description, here.

[2] Slides of a talk at SAC, here.

[3] Home page of ETH Chair of Software Engineering, here.

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R&D positions in software engineering

In the past couple of weeks, three colleagues separately sent me announcements of PhD and postdoc positions, asking me to circulate them. This blog is as good a place as any other (as a matter of fact when I asked Oge de Moor if it was appropriate  he replied: “Readers of your blog are just the kind of applicants we look for…” — I hope you appreciate the compliment). So here they are:

  • Daniel Jackson, for work on Alloy, see here. (“Our plan now is to take Alloy in new directions, and dramatically improve the usability and scalability of the analyzer. We are looking for someone who is excited by these possibilities and will be deeply involved not only in design and implementation but also in strategic planning. There are also opportunities to co-advise students and participate in research proposals.”)
  • University College London (Anthony Finkelstein), a position as lecturer, similar to assistant professor), see here. The title is “Lecturer in software testing” (which, by the way, seems a bit restrictive, as I am more familiar with an academic culture in which the general academic discipline is set, say software engineering or possibly software verification, rather than a narrow specialty, but I hope the scope can be broadened).
  • Semmle, Oge de Moor’s company, see here.

These are all excellent environments, so if you are very, very good, please consider applying. If you are very, very, very good don’t, as I am soon going to post a whole set of announcements for PhD and postdoc positions at ETH in connection with a large new grant.


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