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[PVS] PhD Positions in Formal Methods and Language-based Security at Chalmers

4 *PhD* Positions in Formal Methods and Language-based Security at the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Application deadline: March 30, 2013


*Job description ...*

*... of the 2 PhD positions in Formal Methods*
The Formal Methods group is an internationally recognized research group with a high-profile research track record and an excellent network of collaborators. The group's research focus is in the theoretical and practical aspects of formal software verification, including automated reasoning, interactive theorem proving, runtime verification, and test generation. Together with international collaborators, the group members co-developed widely recognized verification tools like KeY (www.key-project.org), Vampire (http://vprover.org), ALIGATOR (http://mtc.epfl.ch/software-tools/Aligator), and LARVA. The research of the two advertised PhD positions will be in the area of Software Verification, where - one position has a stronger focus on the creative use and development of automated reasoning techniques for software verification, - the other has a stronger focus on combining static and runtime verification of software. The selection of the specific research topic will take into account both the interests of the new PhD student and the research agenda of the group.

*... of the (up to) 2 PhD positions in Language-based Security*
The PhD students will join a world-leading team of researchers on programming language-based security. Language-based security facilitates specifying and enforcing security policies at the level of programming languages early in the software design and construction phase. The focus of the advertised positions is on the following directions of work: - To design rich security policies for confidentiality and integrity, as demanded by practical applications (such as web applications). - To develop practical enforcement mechanisms for these policies in expressive programming languages (such as web languages). These enforcement mechanisms may combine static (for example, type system-based) and dynamic (for example, execution monitoring-based) techniques.
- To support the above with case studies in web-application security.
In pursuing these goals, there are possibilities for collaboration with our high-profile academic and industrial partners. We run a number of ambitious projects with top international partners in academia and industry, including the European project WebSand on web application security: https://www.websand.eu/

*Details about Employment*

PhD student positions are limited to five years and normally include 20 per cent departmental work, mostly teaching duties. Salary for the position is as specified in Chalmers' general agreement for PhD student positions. Currently the starting salary is 26,250SEK a month before tax. The positions are intended to start in spring or fall 2013.

*Suitable Background*

Applicants for a PhD position must have a degree in Computing Science or in a related subject with a strong Computing Science component. They must also have a strong, documented interest in doing research. The ideal candidate for a position in Formal Methods will have strong background in one or more of the following areas: logic, theorem proving, software verification. The ideal candidate for a position in Language-based Security will have strong background in both programming languages and security. You may even apply if you have not yet completed your degree, but expect to do so before the position starts.

*The Department*

The Department has about 70 faculty members and enrolls about 70 PhD students from more than 30 countries. The research spans the whole spectrum, from theoretical foundations to applied systems development. There is extensive national and international collaboration with academia and industry all around the world. For more information, see http://www.chalmers.se/cse/EN/

Knowledge of Swedish is not a prerequisite for application. English is our working language for research. Both Swedish and English are used in undergraduate courses. Half of our researchers and PhD students come from more than 30 different countries.

*Gothenburg, Sweden*

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*How to Apply*

Electronic application can be submitted following these guidelines:

For the PhD positions in Formal Methods:

For the PhD positions in Language-based Security: