As part of the prestigious Belgian "Excellence of Science" research project
SECO-ASSIST (see https://secoassist.github.io
) we have an open PhD position at the
Software Engineering Lab of the University of Mons (Belgium), conveniently located close
to Brussels (Belgium) and Lille (France).
The goal of the PhD is to explore new recommendation techniques to attract newcomers and
retain contributors in software ecosystems, identifying “toxic” team members, predict
future abandonment, and find adequate replacements.
The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Tom Mens, head of the Software Engineering Lab of
The position is available immediately for a period of up to 4 years with the aim to obtain
a PhD degree. Candidates should be eligible for starting a PhD in Computer Sciences (they
should have a Master or Engineering degree or equivalent) and are expected to complete
their PhD during the project period. The candidates should have a clear interest in open
source software development. Practical programming experience is required, and (practical)
knowledge of statistical analysis is a plus. Motivated students that are currently
finishing their second year of Master are encouraged to apply.
Candidates should send their detailed CV together with a motivation letter expressing
their interest in the project by e-mail to Tom Mens (tom.mens(a)umons.ac.be)