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2 PhD students in the area of of service oriented architectures and multi-tenant software systems.

Update: these positions have been filled, please no longer apply!

Keywords: multi-tenant software, service oriented architectures (SOA), software evolution, software testing

Description of the position

The Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) has recently acquired an NWO Jacquard project called ScaleItUp. For this project we are seeking enthusiastic Master students interested in obtaining a PhD degree in the cross-section of the following areas: Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), multi-tenant software systems, software testing and software evolution. The prospective PhD students are expected to do high-quality research together with our industrial partners (Exact Software and Adyen).

Multi-tenant software systems are a new breed of hosted software applications, whereby a service-provider installs one such application that is – concurrently – used by several of its customers. Specific to multi-tenancy are the requirements towards (1) configurability, to address the needs and wishes of the many tenants, and (2) zero-downtime. In this light, the Scale.It.Up research project aims to investigate ways to allow online software evolution and online testing, to enable a high degree of configurability, while preserving the requirement of zero downtime.

A number of research questions that this project aims to solve are:

  • What is an efficient architecture for such a multi-tenant environment?
  • How can we efficiently maintain different versions of a single service alongside each other?
  • How can we efficiently perform online testing?
  • How can we establish the ideal time/place to perform online evolution or testing?
  • Can we improve load-balancing for multi-tenant software systems?

You will work in close cooperation with our industrial partners Exact Software and Adyen and spend quite some time in these industrial environments. Research will follow an industry-as-laboratory style, meaning that actual research problems are drawn from industry and that researched solutions are tried out immediately in the industrial context.

These positions are full-time paid research positions, 4 years fixed term (with 1 year probationary period), according to the collective labor agreement of the Dutch universities (which can be downloaded from TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customized compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). TU Delft is an equal opportunity employer.

Requirements for candidates

Requirements for candidates include:

  • Master’s degree in computer science or informatics.
  • Broad experience and interest in the area of software engineering.
  • Good communicator, strong social skills, team player.
  • Independent working style.
  • An excellent command of the English language is an absolute must.
  • Not afraid to learn.

Application requirements

When applying, make sure to include (pdf versions in English of):

  • A motivational letter specifically referring to the open positions (maximum 3 pages)
  • A detailed resume (with publications, if you have any)
  • Copies of marks and degrees/certificates
  • A list of 3 references that we can contact
  • Your MSc thesis in English (or alternative if your MSc thesis is not in English, a 5-page summary of your MSc thesis in English).

Deadline for application

Applying for this position needs to be done before July 1st, 2010 by sending an email to both Hans-Gerhard Gross and Andy Zaidman.

The application deadline has passed, we are currently studying all applications and we will get back to you in due time (good/bad news).

More information?

For more information on the group, its projects and its publications, its current team members, and the software tools we build have a look at our web site:

Alternatively, you can contact Hans-Gerhard Gross and Andy Zaidman.

-- AndyZaidman - 02 Aug 2010

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