Predoctoral Opportunities at SENECA PROJECT: Software Engineering in Enterprise Cloud Applications

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Bitergia (a startup company), both in the Madrid (Spain) area, are recruiting PhD students interested in researching at an international level in one of the most active fields in software engineering: cloud computing. The selected persons will be hired for working towards their PhD thesis while collaborating in an international environment with participation of research institutions and companies. The contract will include stays in two European countries, and a competitive gross salary of around 27,000 euros/year plus some benefits such as a monthly mobility and family allowance (*). The research will be centered in real-world software development projects, with a clear industrial impact, such as OpenStack.

The LibreSoft group at URJC, coordinated by Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona and Gregorio Robles, is one of the leading worldwide teams in the area of quantitative research about software development, with a strong focus on free / open source software (FOSS) development processes and communities. The group has developed state-of-the-art tools for retrieving and analyzing information from software development repositories, and has a long trajectory of applying data analytics techniques to obtain factual information from them. The group has strong ties with IT industry and FOSS communities.

Bitergia is a start-up that provides tools (metrics, charts and data) and platforms to extract, parse and visualize in an automated way relevant information about software development projects.

It is currently providing software development dashboards to some of the most important open source communities in the world such as the OpenStack Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation or the Wikimedia Foundation. And covering through customization and consultancy the needs of companies such as Red Hat, Puppet Labs or Citrix.

Thanks to its position and the variety of customers, Bitergia is continuously facing challenging needs and looking for imaginative and top technology solutions.

The positions are funded by the European Commission as a European Industrial Doctorate, a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Action: the Seneca project. The project is carried on by a consortium of three Universities and three companies, all hosting PhD students, and all collaborating to advance the state of the art in the field. This environment will allow participants to gain both academic and industrial experience, while working towards their PhD.

Candidates have to comply with several conditions, such as not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the last 3 years, and being in the first years of their research career, or in position to start a research career, and not have a doctoral degree.

More information:

* Recruitment details at the Seneca project website:

* Detailed announcement at the EURAXESS website:

(*) For details on the salaries, benefits and other conditions refer to the announcements linked above, and the references they include.


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