[Haskell] Chalmers FP is hiring 2 Assistant Professors in Functional Programming: deadline 2011-10-18
patrikj at chalmers.se
Tue Oct 4 17:56:27 CEST 2011
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2 Assistant Professors in Functional Programming
The Functional Programming group at Chalmers University is seeking two
outstanding young researchers for four year Assistant Professor
positions Ref 2011/231.
*Functional programming is enjoying an unprecedented surge of interest,
with languages such as Erlang, Scala and Haskell seeing high-profile
applications in companies large and small. A major reason is the much
improved productivity that software developers can enjoy, by adopting
functional programming. With intense competition from emerging
economies, productivity improvements are vital if the West is to retain
its software industry. We have secured a large, five-year strategic
research grant to bring these benefits to two new areas: signal
processing and low-level control in the system layer of products such as
radio base stations for mobile broadband, and real-time automotive
software built around the AUTOSAR standard.
Our approach is to combine domain-specific languages embedded in Haskell
or Erlang with rapid verification based on property-based testing
(QuickCheck) and automated proof tools. Our work is carried out in close
cooperation with industry, and has the potential to make a real impact
in key industrial sectors.
Our group is a leading centre of functional programming research, the
source of the QuickCheck testing tool (awarded Most Influential Paper of
ICFP 2000 by ACM SIGPLAN), the Equinox theorem prover and Paradox model
finder, and of domain specific languages like Lava and the Feldspar
signal-processing language (embedded in Haskell, funded by Ericsson, the
world's largest supplier of radio base stations). We combine strong
links to industry with high academic standards, and thus receive funding
from both basic and strategic research agencies*. *We are currently four
professors (Hughes, Sheeran, Claessen, Jansson), five postdocs, and
eight doctoral students; our new strategic grant will fund a significant
expansion and a stream of visiting international researchers. The
proposal that attracted the funding for these positions is available at
Although some changes have been made to the plan, the proposal gives a
good indication of the research areas to which we expect successful
candidates to contribute.
*These are attractive four year full-time positions in one of the
strongest Functional Programming groups anywhere. You will work at the
cutting edge of research in Functional Programming, and will strengthen
your qualifications, both for advancement in academia and for industrial
research positions. After two years, progress will be assessed. After
four years, an Assistant Professor who has been appointed in open
competition may, under certain circumstances, be considered for
appointment to a permanent position as Associate Professor.
You will be expected to take part in teaching and masters project
supervision (to a maximum of 25%) and also in doctoral student
supervision. The working language in the research group is English. The
undergraduates are normally taught in Swedish, but the graduate level
teaching is in English. You will gain experience of grant proposal
writing, as we strive to find funding for our long term research. You
will most likely be involved in industrial collaboration.
The positions are available from October 2011, although the start date
We are looking for researchers with a strong record in functional
programming research and practice, preferably related to domain specific
languages, testing and/or automated reasoning. You should have a
doctorate in computer science (normally completed at most five years
before deadline for application), and ideally also post-doctoral
experience. We have promised much in the above proposal, and you will be
expected to help us to deliver! You should have a strong publication
record for your academic age. We place particular emphasis on the
communication of research results and the quality of your writing will
strongly influence our assessment of you. Please make sure to include
your three best papers in your application.
/The application shall be marked with Ref 2011/231 and written in
English. The application shall be sent electronically and be attached as
*three *pdf-files, as below:/
- a first page containing name, reference number 2011/231 and a
list of all documents that have been enclosed,
- description of the applicant's research and pedagogical
qualifications, as well as other qualifications,
- complete list of publications,
- plans for future work within the area of the announced position,
both scientific and educational, if appointed,
- two reference persons who can be contacted by Chalmers (describe
association with them and give their contact addresses).
2. letter of application detailing your specific qualifications
for the position.
- copies of the applicant's best scientific publications (not more
- copies of a maximum of 5 other publications (such as pedagogy,
and popular science) in support of pedagogical and other merits.
The application should be sent electronically. Please use the
button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The
files may be compressed (zipped).
*Application deadline: 2011-10-18*
*For questions, please contact:
*Professor John Hughes, rjmh at chalmers.se <mailto:rjmh at chalmers.se>
Professor Mary Sheeran, ms at chalmers.se <mailto:ms at chalmers.se>
Head of the Department, Catarina Coquand, catarina.coquand at chalmers.se
<mailto:catarina.coquand at chalmers.se>
All reachable via Chalmers exchange: +46 31 772 10 00
/Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in
engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical
sciences, natural and nautical sciences -- in close collaboration with
industry and society.
The strategy for scientific excellence focuses our eight Areas of
Advance; Built Environment, Energy, Information- & Communication
Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience &
Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active
contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a
foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as central driving forces.
Chalmers has about 11,000 students and 2,500 employees. New knowledge
and improved technology has characterised Chalmers since its foundation
in 1829 in accordance with the testament of William Chalmers, and his
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