PhD position on Model-driven System Engineering for Smart Diagnostics

PhD position on Model-driven System Engineering for Smart Diagnostics

Published Deadline Location
25 Aug 20 Oct Enschede

Job description

The Formal Methods and Tools group at the University of Twente is looking for a highly motivated and talented PhD candidate to join the team working on software modelling, model-driven system engineering and model transformations. The successful candidate will work on a cutting-edge research project on intelligent diagnostics. In particular, the work will be about finding ways to specify diagnosable monitoring systems, to identify models with the best diagnostic potential, to describe available knowledge to facilitate diagnostics, to define diagnostic algorithms, and to combine domain knowledge and system knowledge to provide diagnosability guarantees.

You will be working on the ZORRO project: Engineering for Zero Downtime in Cyber-Physical Systems via Intelligent Diagnostics, led by Prof. Dr. Mariëlle Stoelinga. The project is a collaboration between the University of Twente, VU Amsterdam, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, TNO-ESI and five industrial partners. Two of the PhD positions in this project will be working at the Formal Methods & Tools group, the other one on the topic of knowledge engineering. This PhD position will be supervised by Dr. Vadim Zaytsev and Dr. Marcus Gerhold.

  • Conduct independent research in the area of software modelling, model-driven system engineering, and model transformations.
  • Collaborate with a team of researchers and experts in the field to contribute to the development of new techniques and approaches.
  • Publish research results in leading academic journals and present findings at international conferences.
  • Engage in critical analysis and evaluation of existing theories and methods in the field.
  • Supervise and mentor involved BSc and MSc students as needed.


University of Twente (UT)


  • You have, or will shortly acquire, a MSc degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field.
  • You have a creative mindset and excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • You have some background in software modelling, model-driven system engineering, or model transformations, and are willing to delve deeper into these topics.
  • You have excellent programming skills and experience with relevant tools and technologies.
  • You are fluent in English and have strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • You have good team spirit and like to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment, collaborating within the industry and academia alike.

Conditions of employment

  • As a PhD student at the University of Twente, you will be appointed to a full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating and exciting scientific environment;
  • The University offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues;
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.770,- (first year) to € 3.539,- (fourth year);
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme;
  • The flexibility to work (partially) from home;
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus;
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid);
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other staff.


The FMT group is part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) at the University of Twente. Our central goal is to develop formal techniques and tools to support the development of complex systems, and increase the reliability of the high-tech systems that we all rely on, both as individuals and as society.

Additional information

If you are passionate about computer science and interested in working on cutting-edge research, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Are you interested to be part of our team? Please submit your application via the ‘Apply now’ button below before 21 October 2023 and include:
  • A motivation letter, emphasising your specific interest and motivation to apply for this PhD position in our group.
  • A full Curriculum Vitae including your education, publications, awards, and working experience. Your CV should demonstrate the scope of your work and education and indicate a good fit with the stated requirements for the position.
  • An academic transcript of BSc and MSc education, including grades.
  • A short description of your last large deliverable (MSc thesis, final project report, EngD thesis).
  • References (contact information) of two scientific staff members (such as the supervisor of your MSc thesis/final project) who are willing to provide a recommendation letter at our request.

For further information about this position, please contact Vadim Zaytsev, or Prof. Dr. Mariëlle Stoelinga,

Interviews will take place in two phases. If selected, there will be an online interview. A subset of the candidates will be invited for an in-person interview as well.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1110


University of Twente (UT)

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Make sure to apply no later than 20 Oct 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).