Doctoral candidate in Test Assessment and Automation of Web Applications


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SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by fueling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent.

We’re looking for people driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place!

Your Role

Enabling automation in the continuous integration process is an emerging and topic for the research community.  In this project, the goal is to apply test automation in a Web Application test infrastructure for the continuous improvement of their testing process, increasing its efficacy, computing its test adequacy and overall measuring testing quality. To this end, the project will develop a “smart” service that will expand the existing test data management solution making it less labour intensive and to a large degree automated. The objective is to introduce test metrics ensuring test quality, identifying ineffective tests (failing to detect regression issues due to incorrect data schema) and support the data management automation.

Under the direction of a professor, the candidate will carry out research activities and write a thesis with the main goal of obtain a PhD in the area of Software Engineering. This includes conducting literature surveys and establishing state-of-the-art; developing necessary experimental and simulation facilities where required; planning, executing, and analyzing experiments and simulations; conducting joint and independent research activities; contributing to project deliverables, milestones, demonstrations, and meetings; disseminating results at international scientific conferences/workshops and peer reviewed scientific publications.

The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Mike Papadakis (https://sites.google.com/site/mikepapadakis/) and the project will be conducted together with the members of the SERVAL research group (https://wwwen.uni.lu/snt/research/serval). 

Your Profile
  • Bachelor in Computer Science or related.
  • Master on a subject related to Informatics, or Software Engineering, or Computer Science, or Information Technology.
  • Strong programming skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of Software testing and particularly Web testing are considered a plus.
  • Industry experience in information and communication technology will be considered as an advantage.
  • Commitment, team working, a critical mind, and motivation are skills that are more than welcome.
  • Optional: knowledge of artificial inteligence, metaheuristics and statistics.

Language Skills: Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are required.

Here’s what awaits you at SnT
  • A stimulating learning environment. Here post-docs and professors outnumber PhD students. That translates into access and close collaborations with some of the brightest ICT researchers, giving you solid guidance
  • Exciting infrastructures and unique labs. At SnT’s two campuses, our researchers can take a walk on the moon at the LunaLab, build a nanosatellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better
  • The right place for IMPACT. SnT researchers engage in demand-driven projects. Through our Partnership Programme, we work on projects with more than 45 industry partners
  • Multiple funding sources for your ideas. The University supports researchers to acquire funding from national, European and private sources
  • Competitive salary package. The University offers a 12 month-salary package, over six weeks of paid time off, health insurance and subsidised living and eating
  • Be part of a multicultural family. At SnT we have more than 60 nationalities. Throughout the year, we organise team-building events, networking activities and more

But wait, there’s more!

Students can take advantage of several opportunities for growth and career development, from free language classes to career resources and extracurricular activities.

In Short
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Kirchberg
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL03732
Further Information

Application should include:

-Full CV, including:

-For each degree received or currently enrolled in, provide the degree, institution name, institution city and country, and date (or expected date) of graduation. Include the title and short summary of your final (Bachelor / Master) Thesis if you did one -List of publications (if any) -Name, affiliation and contact details of three referees -Transcript of all modules and results from university-level courses taken -Cover letter with motivations and topics of particular interest to the candidate (approx. 1 page)

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

About the University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. It`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

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