PhD candidate in Software Testing in the presence of test flakiness


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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

The PhD students are intended to work on the TestFlakes (FNR-funded) project. The subject of the thesis will be Test Flakiness Impact Assessment and “Diagnosing test flakiness with focus on User Interactive tests” with supervisor Dr. Mike Papadakis. Successful PhD candidates will extensively explore and develop software engineering techniques that include the feasibility, practicality and success evaluation of prototype implementations.

The team you will be working with:

  • Yves Le Traon: Group Leader
  • Mike Papadakis: Primary advisor

PhD Student Role: 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.

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 background in software testing and formal methods applied to software engineering, such as, propositional/temporal logic, sat solving, model checking
  • Strong analytical skills
  • 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 machine learning, metaheuristics, statistics, and text analysis

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
  • Location: Kirchberg
  • Job Reference: UOL03713
Further Information

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Transcript of all courses and results from the highest university-level courses taken
  • A short description of your Master’s work (max 1 page)
  • If possible, contact information for 3 referees

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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