2 PhD Positions on the Cheops Project in Twente and Eindhoven (Netherlands): Verified Constructions of Correct and Optimized Parallel Software

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Two PhD positions on the ChEOPS project in Twente and Eindhoven (Netherlands): Verified Construction of Correct and Optimized Parallel Software

University of Twente

Formal Methods and Tools (FMT)

Contact: Prof. Dr. Marieke Huisman (m.huisman@utwente.nl)

Eindhoven University of Technology

Software Engineering & Technology (SET)

Contact: Dr. Ing. Anton Wijs (a.j.wijs@tue.nl)

The challenge

You will be working on the ChEOPS project, a collaborative project between the universities of Twente and Eindhoven, funded by the Open Technology Programme of the NWO Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW) domain.

In the ChEOPS project, research is conducted to make the development and maintenance of software aimed at graphics processing units (GPUs) more insightful and effective in terms of functional correctness and performance. GPUs have an increasingly big impact on industry and academia, due to their great computational capabilities. However, in practice, one usually needs to have expert knowledge on GPU architectures to optimally gain advantage of those capabilities.

At the Eindhoven University of Technology, we work on modelling GPU applications using a Domain Specific Language (DSL), formally verifying the correctness of the models, and automatically generating GPU code. At the University of Twente, we work on the structured optimization of GPU code, while ensuring that functional correctness is preserved. Existing formal verification techniques, model checking and code verification, are combined to create, for the first time, a complete end-to-end development workflow for GPU applications.

Two PhD positions are available to work on the following subprojects:

Subproject 1 (Eindhoven): DSLs for the design of GPU applications. This subproject involves the functional verification of the resulting models, as well as model-to-code generation.

Subproject 2 (Twente): Building model-to-code generation and the verification of optimizations in the form of code-to-code transformations.

We expect the two PhD students to collaborate closely within the project. In addition, there will be ample interaction with the members of the Model Driven Engineering section in Eindhoven on the model-to-code generation, and with the team building the VerCors tool set for verification of concurrent software in Twente.

Vacature details

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We are looking for two PhD students with an MSc degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science.

The candidates should be enthusiastic, and have a thorough theoretical background, a demonstrable interest in DSLs and model checking (subproject 1) or program verification (subproject 2) and knowledge about multithreaded programming (at least in Java/C/C++, experience with GPU programming is a plus).

We are looking for researchers with an independent mind who are willing to cooperate in our team. It is understood that he or she works on the topics listed above. Furthermore, we ask for good communicative and collaboration skills. Candidates should be prepared to prove their English language skills. 

As a research outcome we expect publications, (prototype) tools, and a PhD thesis.

Intended starting date of the position: September 1, 2019. 


  • Two PhD positions for four years (38 hrs/week).
  • A stimulating scientific environment.
  • Full status as an employee at the University of Twente, or the Eindhoven University of Technology, including pension and health care benefits.
  • Gross salary PhD student: ranging from € 2.325,-- (1st year) to € 2.972,-- (4th year) per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%).
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development, such as the possibility to attend courses, summer schools, conferences etc.
  • Good secondary conditions, in accordance with the collective labor agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities.
  • In Twente: A green Campus with lots of sports facilities.
  • In Eindhoven: A campus with great sports facilities, with the Eindhoven city center within walking distance.
  • The PhD student in Twente will be a member of the Twente Graduate School in the research programme 'Dependable and Secure Computing'. Their research programme offers advanced courses to deepen your scientific knowledge in preparation to your future career (within or outside academia). In Eindhoven, the PhD student will be able to follow such courses in the PROOF (PROviding Opportunities For PhD students) programme. We provide our PhD students with excellent opportunities to broaden their personal knowledge and to professionalize their academic skills. Participation in national and/or international summer schools and workshops and visits to other prestigious research institutes and universities can be part of this programme.

Bedrijfsprofiel Universiteit Twente

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.


Closingdate: 30 June 2019

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