Lunds Tekniska Högskola, Institutionen för datavetenskap

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Research subject

Software Engineering

Job assignment

We are currently seeking a PhD student for a project in software testing aimed at investigating and developing methods for evaluating test processes and proposing adequate and evidence-based improvements to them.

Software testing is an essential but challenging activity in any software development and a lot of research is already done in the field. However, the results are not fully utilized in industry. In this project we want to investigate the gap between theory and practice in software testing, and by extension design theories and tools that help bridge the gap. Important issues of interest to the project are sociotechnical problem formulations of software testing challenges and knowledge management in the industry-academy interface.

The research is conducted in close collaboration with industry partners and part of the work is placed in the industrial environment. The position includes research (80%) and teaching (20%). The research includes empirical studies and design of methods for software engineering, and data collection and analysis of both quantitative data and natural language information. The research also includes graduate courses.

The PhD student project is conducted within ELLIIT, a state-funded research community aimed at encouraging strong research in information technology and mobile communications. ELLIIT is a platform for both basic and applied research and has four partners: Linköping University, Lund University, Halmstad University and Blekinge University of Technology.


The general admission requirement for PhD studies is an awarded a second-cycle qualification or has satisfied the requirements for courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits at an advanced (second-cycle) level, or equivalent.

The specific admission requirements for a PhD in software engineering is either

  1. 150 credits in mathematics, engineering and science, including at least 60 advanced credits in computer science/software engineering and an advanced project worth 30 credits, and of relevance to software engineering, or
  2. An MSc in computer science/software engineering, or other advanced degree, including at least 60 credits in software engineering.

Finally, the student must be judged to have the potential to complete the programme.

It is an advantage to have a Master of Science in Software Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, or Industrial Engineering and Management, with a specialization in software engineering.

Additional prerequisites are: Good understanding of industrial software engineering. Practical experiences software engineering are meritorious.  Experiences in conducting empirical research in software engineering and previous publications are meritorious. Requirements engineering, software testing, information- and knowledge management are relevant specific competencies.

The applicant must have excellent communication skills, and be fluent in English in both speech and writing. Corresponding knowledge of Swedish is an advantage.

Basis of Assessment

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies.

The assessment of potential in accordance with the first paragraph is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study. These may be demonstrated through documents appended to the application and at a possible interview.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems. The assessment could be made on the basis of the student’s degree project and a discussion of this at a possible interview.
  3. Written and oral communication skills
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

The assessment will also include collaboration skills, documented ability to work independently, and how the applicatant through his/her experince, and competency is judged to have the potential to complete the programme

Type of employment

Fixed term: Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2017-10-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2095
  • Emelie Engström, +46 46 222 88 99
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 26.Jun.2017
Last application date 31.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET

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