PhD position on Model-driven System Engineering for Smart Diagnostics

University of Twente
March 29, 2023
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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.

  • Your profile
  • 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.

  • Our offer
  • 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 € 2.541,- (first year) to € 3.247,- (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.

  • Starting date of the position: 1 September 2023.

  • Information and application

    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 29 March 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, 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.

  • The applications are screened continuously, the first deadline for applications is 29 March 2023, but later applications may be considered. For further information about this position, please contact Vadim Zaytsev, [email protected] or Prof. Dr. Mariëlle Stoelinga, [email protected]

    Interviews will take place in two phases. If selected, there will be an online interview, on 14 April. A subset of the candidates will be invited for an in- person interview as well, on 2 May or 3 May.

    About the department

    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.

    About the organisation

    The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

    Want to know more? Zaytsev, V. (Vadim)

    Programme Director / Associate Professor

    Zaytsev, V. (Vadim)

    Programme Director / Associate Professor

    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Vadim for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.



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    How to apply Step 1

    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

    Your Colleagues
  • Stoelinga, M.I.A. (Mariëlle)
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  • Caltais, G. (Georgiana)
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  • Gerhold, M. (Marcus)
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