[ecoop-info] Open PhD position in Self-Adaptive Software with Control Theory

Martina Maggio martina at control.lth.se
Fri Mar 20 11:46:46 CET 2015

Here at the Lund University (Sweden) we are announcing a *PhD student 
position* at the boundaries between Automatic Control and Software 
Engineering. The project that is funding the position deals with the 
synthesis of control strategies for software engineering in 
cyber-physical systems. Ideally, we are looking for two types of 
candidates: either a computer engineering/science student that has an 
interest in control theory or a control student with passion for 
software engineering.

The call will be open until *April 2nd*, and can be found at this address:

Job assignments
The doctoral students positions are mainly devoted to postgraduate 
studies (80% of the time), but include 20% department service, usually 
teaching. The research topic for this position lays at the boundaries 
between Control Engineering and Computer Engineering. Strong candidates 
either possess knowledge in both the disciplines or have a background in 
one of the two and curiosity for the other.

The work will be funded by the VR framework grant "Feedback Computing in 
Cyber-Physical Systems". The main goal of the research project is to 
develop feedback-based methods for management of multiple simultaneous 
resources, such as CPU time, memory, and power consumption, using 
bandwidth reservation techniques in combination with scheduling and 
speed scaling. The developed control-based methods should be based on 
application abstractions that allow to tackle multiple resources and 
performance objectives despite variations in the application domain. The 
application domain includes both desktop machines and embedded platforms.

In order to be admitted to postgraduate studies in Automatic Control, 
the student must have completed a degree of advanced level (MSc or 
equivalents) within a relevant study program. Students with basic 
eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who:
* have completed a second-cycle degree with courses for at least 240 
credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses;
* have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, either 
in Sweden or abroad.
Special eligibility requirements comprise knowledge from first-cycle 
studies or the equivalent, but can also refer to special professional 

Additionally, sufficient knowledge of the subject area is required for 
third-cycle studies. The specific entry requirements include . Students 
meeting special eligibility requirements are those who have:
* at least 60 higher education credits within the same subject area as 
the third-cycle studies (Control Engineering (Automatic Control basic 
course FRT010) or Computer Engineering), of which in-depth work of at 
least 30 higher education credits of relevance to the subject area, or
* civil engineer degree or equivalent. The applicant must also be deemed 
to have the ability to successfully complete postgraduate studies. 
Exceptions can be made, in special cases, by the Board of LTH. Good 
skills in both spoken and written English are a requirement for the 

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- 
have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 
240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, 
or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in 
Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of 
Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to 
PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an 
appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the 
student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into 
account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those 
appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with 
educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with 
specific regulations in the ordinance.

Basis of Assessment
Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed 
to doctoral studentship. Selection to postgraduate studies is based on 
the expected ability to perform well in the studies. The evaluation of 
the ability to perform well is based primarily on the results of studies 
at the basic and advanced levels, in particular:
* Knowledge and skills relevant to postgraduate studies within the area 
of Computer Engineering and Control Engineering. This can be documented 
by appended documents and interview.
* Estimated ability to work independently and the ability to formulate 
and solve scientific questions. This ability can be established, for 
example, based on undergraduate research experiences, a Master thesis or 
in a discussion of scientific problems during a possible interview.
* Skills in written and oral communication.
* Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as 
professional experience.

Desirable Qualifications: We expect that the applicants' undergraduate 
studies include courses in computer engineering and/or control 
engineering. The research is to a large extent interdisciplinary, and a 
broad competence profile and experience from relevant areas is of high 
value. Important personal qualities are, beside creativity and a curious 
mind, the ability to work both independently and in a group and 
experience in the scientific interaction with researchers from other 
disciplines and in other countries.

Best regards,
-- Martina Maggio
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