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PhD Fellow in Hybrid Business Process Management, University of Copenhagen

Publish Date: Oct 28, 2016

Deadline: Dec 04, 2016

University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Hybrid Business Process Management

Department of Computer Science (DIKU), Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Hybrid Business Process Management, commencing 01.03.2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Description of the scientific environment

You will join the Human-Centred Computing (HCC) section at DIKU. The section consists of a diverse group of researchers, bridging technology, theory, and empirical studies, who share an interest in how people engage with computing. Currently our focus is on computer-supported collaborative work, health informatics, human-computer interaction, and information systems development. You will be working in close collaboration with assistant professor Tijs Slaats and the Hybrid Business Process Management Technologies project funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. We offer a research environment with much freedom: to a large extent, you shape the research you work on and the ideas you pursue.

Project description

Over the past decade researchers have investigated constraint-based or declarative process notations as an alternative to traditional flow-based process notations. It is argued that the new notations are better suited to knowledge work, which is inherently flexible and has a large degree of variability. However, very few real processes can be classified as exclusively flexible or rigid. In addition, practitioners are hesitant to start using these new constraint-based notations unless they can combine them with the flow-based practices and models that they are used to.
To bridge the gap between flow- and constraint-based notations, recent research efforts have focused on hybrid notations that combine the strengths of each approach. As a PhD student you are expected to contribute to the development of such hybrid notations and their supporting technologies. Possible particular topics include:

  • defining the formal foundations of hybrid notations
  • the development of techniques for the verification and mining of hybrid models and
  • empirical studies into the usability of hybrid notations.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Principal supervisor is Professor Jørgen P. Bansler, Department of Computer Science,, Direct Phone: +45 23 81 13 32.

Co-supervisor is Assistant Professor Tijs Slaats, Department of Computer Science,, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 03 18.

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Computer Science with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 309,109 8 (1 April 2016 level) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,699). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


Please include the following in your application:

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project and which specific topics you intend to focus on.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

The deadline for applications is 4 December 2016. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.


An assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of SCIENCE. 

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the co-supervisor: Tijs Slaats, Department of Computer Science,, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 03 18.

For more official information click "Further official information" below and apply to the program through online application system.


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