Job Posting: Open Positions in Ph.D. Studies in Open Source at the University of Erlangen, Germany

Update 2010-01-01: These job postings are now closed. They will reopen in mid 2010. Stay tuned!

(Deutsche Übersetzung)

The Open Source Research group at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg is seeking to hire recent graduates or experienced software developers to start doctoral studies immediately. We have several open positions.

The main research topic are open source software engineering processes, practices, and tools. Examples of application domains of interest are software forges (tools), business applications, medical technology, mobile devices, and social software. Broader software engineering topics with a tie-in to open source are also of interest. Research work will typically require a combination of analytical and empirical work combined with software development work. The university supports the creation of startups from prior doctoral research work.

A prerequisite to starting Ph.D. studies in Germany are a German Diplom or an M.S. degree from an accreddited university, typically in a technical field. Prior industry experience, or experience with open source projects and/or agile methods is a plus.

Salary is competitive and the tri-city area of Nuernberg/Fuerth/Erlangen is one of Germany’s most beautiful and historic areas. Total population is about one million inhabitants. You can live in the quaint and family-oriented college town of Erlangen or in cosmopolitan Nuernberg with its world-famous christmas market or in historic Fuerth. See Wikipedia for more details.

For more information, please see the department’s home page at, the open source research group’s home page at , or the blog of Dirk Riehle at

To apply, please send an email with your interests and a C.V. to the group’s leader, Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, at Informal inquires are welcome too as well as declarations of interest to start a Ph.D. studies at a later point in time.

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