PhD Candidate: Formal Methods

Employment
1.0 FTE
Gross monthly salary
€ 2,770 - € 3,539
Required background
Research University Degree
Organizational unit
Faculty of Science
Application deadline

Are you an aspiring researcher, fascinated by theoretical computer science? And would you like to conduct research at the intersection of algebraic and logical methods in computer science? Then start your academic career off right as a PhD candidate at Radboud University.

You will contribute to algebraic and logical theories and formal methods for specifying and verifying systems and software. Topics we study are Kleene algebra, automata theory, logics and foundations of monitorability. The latter topic is in the area of runtime verification, and we are in particular interested in the logical foundations of monitoring multiple traces at the same time. All studied topics can be applied to analyse and verify software through the development of specification languages from an algebraic/logical perspective. As a PhD candidate, you will help to further develop these theories and methods, where a focus can be chosen depending on your own interest and background.

Your teaching load may be up to 10% of your working time. For further details, feel free to contact us with any questions about the position. You will be supervised by dr Jana Wagemaker.

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  • You should hold an MSc or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related field, or expect to obtain such a degree in this academic year.
  • You are able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • You are proficient in English. (Dutch is not required.)
  • Prior knowledge of algebraic methods in computer science is appreciated but not required.

If you have not yet fully completed your Master's degree but are excited about this position, please do not hesitate to apply or to contact us.

We are

The position is available in the Software Science group of the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University. Our mission is to conduct top research on the use of models for design and analysis of software, bridging the gap between theory and applications. The Software Science group has extensive expertise in model learning and testing and theoretical computer science in general.

The Faculty of Science is a complete science faculty where research and education are closely related. The faculty aims to be an academic community with an international character, where staff members from different backgrounds combine their talents with the common goal of being a leading faculty of science in Europe.

Radboud University

At Radboud University, we aim to make an impact through our work. We achieve this by conducting groundbreaking research, providing high-quality education, offering excellent support, and fostering collaborations within and outside the university. In doing so, we contribute indispensably to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. To accomplish this, we need even more colleagues who, based on their expertise, are willing to search for answers. We advocate for an inclusive community and welcome employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Will you also contribute to making the world a little better? You have a part to play.

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Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science (FNWI), part of Radboud University, engages in groundbreaking research and excellent education. In doing so, we push the boundaries of scientific knowledge and pass that knowledge on to the next generation.

We seek solutions to major societal challenges, such as cybercrime and climate change and work on major scientific challenges, such as those in the quantum world. At the same time, we prepare our students for careers both within and outside the scientific field.

Currently, more than 1,300 colleagues contribute to research and education, some as researchers and lecturers, others as technical and administrative support officers. The faculty has a strong international character with staff from more than 70 countries. Together, we work in an informal, accessible and welcoming environment, with attention and space for personal and professional development for all.

We offer

  • We will give you a temporary employment contract (1.0 FTE) of 1,5 years, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, your contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4-year contract).     
  • You will receive a starting salary of €2,770 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, which will increase to €3,539 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus. 
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service. The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 20. 

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions reflect this. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself. For example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports membership. And, of course, we offer a good pension plan. We also give you plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Practical information and applying

You can apply no later than 9 June 2024 only via the button below. Address your letter of application to dr Jana Wagemaker. In the application form, you will find which documents you need to include with your application.

The first interviews will take place on 25 June. The start of the project is flexible, ideally sometime between 1 September 2024 and 1 November 2024.

We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure. It describes what you can expect during the application procedure and how we handle your personal data and internal and external candidates. 

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We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

Would you like more information?

Dr Jana Wagemaker

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