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PhD Studentship in Social Software Engineering2017 August 8

Enquiries are invited from applicants with strong software development experience, seeking to undertake a PhD in Social Software Engineering. One funded position is available for immediate uptake, but a number of positions are planned so do please make contact if you are either ready or preparing to embark on PhD studies in this field.
Social Software Engineering is a branch of engineering research that is concerned with the social aspects of the software development process, and with the study and construction of socially-oriented tools to measure and support collaboration and knowledge sharing in in the development task. It can also be viewed as a specialism of computational social science.

The position presently available is provided in collaboration with a significant “blue-chip” international software firm. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with the company’s Irish based development team, conducting research in the field of Social Software Engineering. The purpose of this research is to provide developers, managers and educators with insight into individual and team contribution and performance in software engineering, and to facilitate real-time measurement and incentives to guide practice improvement. The work will be conducted using cloud based technology that heavily instruments the development process of teams in the ultra-large scale. Your work will be concerned with both the refinement of this infrastructure and with analytics that usefully interprets these data streams.

The successful candidate will thus:

  *   Have a demonstrable interest in Software Engineering and Social Computing.
  *   Have a strong undergraduate record and/or strong relevant industrial or applied research experience.
  *   Have demonstrably strong skills in development and programming, ideally with 2 or more years in functional idioms.

If this opportunity interests you, please contact me immediately by email at, providing a brief CV (2 pages) to include reference to educational achievement, research publications, and relevant industrial and community software development experience. Please use “PhD Application” in your subject line.

It is intended to fill this position in time for a mid-September 2017 start. Terms of the studentship are open to discussion, but will match those of standard Irish funding bodies in providing for a stipend, student fees and research expenses.

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