Postdoc Position on Software Analytics and Process Mining at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jul 24, 2015

Deadline: Jul 31, 2015

About Postdoc Position

In the context of the 3TU.BSR "Big Software on the Run" research program we are looking for a Postdoc interested in Software Analytics and Data Science for a period of approximately three years.

The 3TU.BSR project as a whole will run for a period of four years and is supported by the three Dutch technical universities (Eindhoven University of Technology, TU Delft, and University of Twente). It was initiated by 3TU.NIRICT, the Netherlands Institute for Research on ICT, which comprises all ICT research of the three universities of technology in the Netherlands.

Millions of lines of code - written in different languages by different people at different times, and operating on a variety of platforms - drive the systems performing key processes in our society. The resulting software needs to evolve and can no longer be controlled a priori as is illustrated by a range of software problems. The 3TU.BSR research program will develop novel techniques and tools to analyze software systems in vivo - making it possible to visualize behavior, create models, check conformance, predict problems, and  recommend corrective actions. To deal with Big Software on the Run (BSR), we propose to shift the main focus from a priori software design to a posteriori software analytics thereby exploiting the large amounts of event data generated by today's systems. The core idea is to study software systems in vivo, i.e., at runtime and in their natural habitat. We would like to understand the actual desired or undesired) behavior of software. Running software needs to adapt to evolving and diverging environments and requirements. This forces us to consider software artifacts as "living organisms operating in changing ecosystem". This paradigm shift requires new forms of empirical investigation that go far beyond the common practice of collecting error messages and providing software updates. To take on this ambitious task leading Dutch groups in Data Science and Software Science have joined forces in the 3TU.BSR "Big Software on the Run" program.

There are six PhD and three postdoc positions in the 3TU.BSR project. In this advertisement we focus on the postdoc position supervised by Wil van der Aalst (TU/e). The postdoc will join the Architecture of Information Systems (AIS) group at Eindhoven University of Technology and focus on the application of process mining to software-related event data. The postdoc will also be involved in the supervision of the PhDs based at Eindhoven University of Technology. Moreover, the postdoc will also run the Eindhoven side of the 3TU.BSR "Big Software on the Run" research program.

Job requirements

We are looking for candidates that meet the following requirements:

  • a solid background in Computer Science, Data Science, or Software Science (demonstrated by Master and PhD degrees);
  • a relevant PhD is expected (ideal candidates have a strong background in both software engineering and process/data mining; also candidates that have a strong background in one of the two areas can apply but should demonstrate that they are interested to become an expert in both);
  • good communicative skills in English, both in speaking and in writing;
  • candidates are expected to realize research ideas in terms of prototype software, so software development skills are needed;
  • candidates from non-Dutch or non-English speaking countries should be prepared to prove their English language skills.

Note that we are looking for candidates that really want to make a difference and like to work on things that have a high practical relevance while having the ambition to compete at an international scientific level (i.e., present at top conferences and in top journals).

Conditions of employment

Conditions of employment
We offer:

  • a full-time temporary appointment for a period of three years.
  • salary in accordance with CAO of the Dutch universities ;
  • support for your personal development and career planning including courses, summer schools, conference visits etc.;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, child daycare, and excellent sports facilities).

Information and application

More information:

  • More information about this position contact Boudewijn van Dongen (Assistant Professor), e-mail or      by telephone: +31 40 247 2181
  • More information about the employment conditions contact drs. Charl Kuiters (HR advisor), e-mail: or by telephone: +31 40 247 2321.

The application should consist of the following parts:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and qualifications for the position (the letter should show an understanding of process mining and the work done within AIS, see websites such as and the book "Process Mining: Discovery, Conformance and Enhancement of Business Processes");
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae;
  • List of courses taken at the Bachelor and Master level including marks;
  • List of publications and software artifacts developed;
  • Pointer to a copy of the PhD thesis and key publications;
  • Names of referees.

Please apply by using the 'Apply now' button on top of this page before August 31st, 2015.

Applications via e-mail will not be accepted.

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