[R-jobs] PhD & post-doc positions available on Open source software evolution studies (incl. the R ecosystem)

Philippe Grosjean Ph|||ppe@Gro@je@n @end|ng |rom umon@@@c@be
Mon Aug 26 17:47:55 CEST 2013

Dear R-Sig-Jobs members,

A PhD position is available at the COMPLEXYS Research Institute of the University of Mons (UMONS),
Belgium (http://www.complexsystems.be/). The PhD position is part of a joint research project on
"Ecological Studies of Open Source Software Ecosystems (ECOS)". This interdisciplinary project
between biology and computer science aims to use software repository mining to determine whether
and how selected ecological models and theories from biological ecosystems can be adapted and
adopted to understand and better explain how open source software projects (akin to biological
species) evolve over time, and to determine what are the main factors that drive the success or
popularity of these projects. We wish to use knowledge on the evolution of biological ecosystems
to provide support aiming to optimize the fitness, resistance and resilience of OSS projects.

The target software ecosystems are Gnome and R currently, and perhaps also Android in the future.
The successful candidate will extract useful information from the R project, work with data already
available on Gnome, and will elaborate tools to determine who drives software evolution in these
ecosystems: developers or users, in various situations. He will also derive from these data what
are the consequences on the success of the projects. He will eventually provide guiding rules on
the light of its results.

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 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 biological and computer science aspects. Practical
programming experience is required, and (practical) knowledge of statistical analysis is a plus,
especially with R.

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 using umons.ac.be) and
Philippe Grosjean (philippe.grosjean using umons.ac.be).

- Tom Mens, Software Engineering Lab, Département Informatique, Faculty of Sciences, University of Mons,
Place du Parc 20, 7000 Mons, Belgium.
- Philippe Grosjean, Numerical Ecology of Aquatic Systems Lab, Biology Department, Faculty of Sciences,
University of Mons, 8 avenue du Champ de Mars, 7000 Mons, Belgium.

Scientists interested by this project, being specialists in software evolution, or ecologists with some
interest for Open Source software including the R ecosystem, should contact us for discussion of
potentials for a post-doc, or visiting scientist programme.

See here:



Philippe Grosjean

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