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One or More PhD Stipends at DEIS Unit at Computer Science Department (16-20014)

At The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Computer Science one or more PhD stipends are available within the Computer Science study programme. The stipends are open for appointment at the earliest from August 1, 2020 or soon thereafter.

Job description

The Distributed, Embedded and Intelligent Systems unit at the Department of Computer Science has a number of PhD position openings in connection with the ERC Advanced Grant LASSO.

For the  ERC Advanced Grant LASSO, we seek for PhD students to provide the new generation of scalable, model-based tools for cyber-physical systems based on a mathematical sound foundation, that enables trade-offs between functional safety and quantitative performance. It is the overall hypothesis of LASSO that a full integration of model checking and synthesis with machine learning will provide the key to innovative, highly scalable methods for learning, analysis, synthesis and optimization of cyber-physical systems.  Based on preferences the candidates will work along different directions: 
theoretical foundation involving quantitative models (e.g. stochastic, timed weighted, hybrid automata) and logics; efficient algorithms for model checking, learning and synthesis;  tool implementation and application to complex cyber-physical systems (e.g. transport, water, energy).

Applicants must have a master's degree in computer science or a closely related field, with very good grades. Programming and strong communication skills as well as a very good level of written and spoken English are also required. Knowledge in relation to the research topics mentioned above is highly desirable.

The application should contain a cover letter with motivation and preferred starting date, a CV, copies of certificates, etc. In addition, a research statement (project description) of max. 2 pages excl. references must be attached. The description should outline the applicant's thoughts and ideas on research issues within the context of the topics mentioned above.

You may obtain further information from Professor Kim Guldstrand Larsen, Department of Computer Science, phone: +459940 8893, email: kgl@cs.aau.dk  concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT adn Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Merete Nielsen, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: mnie@adm.aau.dk , phone: +45 9940 7035.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design: www.phd.tech.aau.dk

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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