[ecoop-info] [Post-Doc] Online Visual Editors for Domain-Specific Languages (Namur, Belgium)

Moussa Amrani moussa.amrani at gmail.com
Tue Mar 19 16:33:53 CET 2019

*TOPIC: Visual Editors for the Future!*
Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) make use of Model-Driven Engineering
to capture the essence of an expertise domain, and provide deep automation
repetitive tasks such as animation, documentation, analyses and code
DSL users need powerful workbenches and editors to create new instances of
DSL, as well as performing routine tasks to ensure the correctness and the
deployment of their models. Textual editors are nowadays easily
customisable and
support workbench deployment in a timely and efficient way.

Visual editors, on the contrary, are way more difficult to build, although
recent research demonstrated substantial progress in recent years. Another
difficult current challenge lies in animating those models in complex,
interactive scenarios where automated transformations take place, but
inputs are also required. Ensuring that animations react in real-time,
loss of information and in synch with potentially different views of the
model represent new features that are necessary to tackle for ensuring wide
adoption of visual DSLs.

A recent trend nowadays is to embed visual editors into web browsers (in
to, for example, simplifying the access to the editor, facilitating the
of new versions, or enabling collaborative work).

The project takes place in an industrial collaboration with CodingPark, a
company based in Paris that creates educative online games.

We are looking for a Post-Doc candidate with the following skills:

   - Knowledge of Language Theory: syntax, operational semantics,
   textual/graphical editors, compilers/interpreters, debuggers;
   - Knowledge of model transformation frameworks (Kermeta, Epsilon, etc.)
   and DSL frameworks (Xtext, GeMoC, Obeo Sirius);
   - Theoretical background in model animation, model synchronisation;
   - Technical skills for web-based development (WebGL, Canvas);
   - Autonomy in daily work;
   - Ability to work within a small team, and with an international network
   of collaborators;
   - Aiming at regularly publishing in top venues;
   - Excellent English skills (both spoken and written) for
   scientific communication (although French may be used for every-day

The position will be held in the Faculty of Computer Science of the
of Namur, inside the PReCiSE Group, part of the Namur Digital Institute

Namur is the capital of Wallonia, the french-speaking region of Belgium.
It is
a charming and affordable midsize city situated 45 min south from Brussels
within 3 hours from the Paris, London, Amsterdam and Bonn.

The funding is a scholarship provided by the Ceruna non-profit association,
a duration of one year, with a possible extension of one year (for a total
two fully-funded years), and amounts around 2.500 €/month, tax-free.

For more information on the research and/or the position, please contact
Moussa Amrani Moussa.Amrani at unamur.be,
Gilles Perrouin Gilles.Perrouin at unamur.be, or
Pierre-Yves Schobbens Pierre-Yves.Schobbens at unamur.be
including a copy of your CV.

Screening of potential candidate will start immediately until the position
filled. Formal application requires:

   - A full CV, including a publication list;
   - A Cover Letter of max. 2 pages describing your skills, experience,
   and why you are the best candidate to hire for this project;
   - A Copy of the Ph.D diploma (or report, if diploma not available yet);
   - Optionally, some recommendation letters (up to three).

Please use "CERUNA WebDSML" in your email's subject to facilitate its

The starting date is expected to be **2nd May 2019**, but stays slightly

Review of potential candidate will be continuously conducted until the
position is filled.

The University of Namur promotes diversity in employment and welcomes
applications from
all sections of the community.


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