PhD on Software Engineering for Scientific Communities

PhD on Software Engineering for Scientific Communities

Published Deadline Location
17 Jun 21 Jul Eindhoven

Job description

We are looking for a motivated PhD candidate interested in conducting research on Software Engineering for Scientific Communities. The successful candidate will explore how events, such as hackathons, can be utilized to support scientific communities in advancing their code bases, attracting and integrating new members, and sharing knowledge.

As part of the position, you will conduct research to understand the impact of software-centric community events on scientific communities and subsequently design, implement, and evaluate interventions to support codebase advancement, community engagement, member integration, and knowledge sharing. You will collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, including scientists, software engineers, event organizers, and community managers. You will also contribute to the facilitation of hackathons and other events.

The position is located within the Social Software Engineering Group, where the candidate will supervised by Dr. Alexander Nolte and Prof. Dr. Alexander Serebrenik. The group is part of the Software Engineering and Technology Cluster, which involves experienced researchers in software engineering across all academic levels.

In addition to research, you will also contribute to education activities, specifically to a master-level course on Human-Computer Interaction and to the supervision of Bachelor and Master level students.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Computer Science or another discipline that is of relevance to the position (e.g., Psychology or Sociology)
  • Have knowledge about contemporary Software Engineering (e.g., through attending respective courses, having experience from industry, or other related avenues)
  • Be interested in and excited about research.
  • Motivated to work in and contribute to an international and interdisciplinary team.
  • Motivated to develop your teaching skills and coach students.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates. 

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

Curious to hear more about what it's like as a PhD at TU/e? You can navigate here.


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the hiring manager Alexander Nolte, Assistant Professor,

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button. The application should include a:
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V32.7551


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Make sure to apply no later than 21 Jul 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).