[ecoop-info] Postdoc Position: Animated Domain-Specific Modelling Languages, Namur, Belgium

Moussa Amrani moussa.amrani at gmail.com
Fri Jun 18 15:51:23 CEST 2021

*Post-Doc Position Offering Domain-Specific Modelling Languages Animation*

Faculty of Computer Science
University of Namur // Namur Digital Institute (NADI)

*Supervisors: *Moussa Amrani and Pierre-Yves Schobbens

** TOPIC: WebDSML: Web-Based, Animated Domain-Specific Languages **

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 educational online games.


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

- Knowledge of Language Theory: syntax, operational semantics,
editors, compilers/interpreters, debuggers;

- Knowledge of model transformation frameworks (Kermeta, Epsilon, etc.) and
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

- Aiming at regularly publishing in top venues;

- Excellent English skills (both spoken and written) for scientific
communication (although French may certainly be used for every-day life).


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 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 (almost) one year (for
total of 1.5 years), and amounts around 2.500 €/month, tax-free (and *with*
health insurance coverage).


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

Screening of potential candidates 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).

* Any submission where none of the core skills mentioned above are not
should explain in the Cover Letter why this project is interesting for the
candidate's career.

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

Applications will start from the opening publication date, and will continue
until the position is filled. The selection will include an interview (most
likely operated online) consisting in presenting the candidate's views on
own experience and the relevance for the project, as well as early takeouts
the project's topic.

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

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