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Job description

As a postdoc you will join the group of Prof. Benoit Baudry who investigates techniques to constantly evolve distributed software applications to prevent single points of failure. Our scientific activity is grounded on an experimental approach of software with real-world case studies.

In this project, the postdoc will investigate program specialization and code debloating. These approaches aim at detecting and removing the parts of an application compiled code that are not used. Such unused code is present for multiple reasons: reuse only a small portion of a third party library; run the application in a specific environment; reuse container images that provide more features than necessary. The expected benefits of specialization are as follow: reduce attack surface, smaller and faster programs.

The postdoc is expected to develop an autonomous research activity in the area of program specialization and code debloating, which shall be published in the top conferences and journals in the fields of software engineering and systems. The applicant must also be ready to take part in supervision activities (Masters and PhD students). The working language is English. The application should be motivated with a one-pager research statement.

The Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is funding this postdoc position. WASP is Sweden’s largest ever individual research program, and provides a platform for academic research and education, fostering interaction with Sweden’s leading technology companies. See http://wasp-sweden.org/.

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  • International workplace.
  • A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
  • Here you get colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic environment.


The candidate should have a strong background from at least one of the following areas: dynamic and static program analysis, compilation, operating systems. Expertise in object-oriented programming and design is highly appreciated.


  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

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Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application should contain the following:

  1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. Copies of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations to English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  3. Brief explanation of why you want to conduct research, about your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; max 2 pages long.
  4. Representative publications or technical reports: Document no more than 10 pages each. For longer documents (eg dissertations), attach a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  5. At least two of recommendation letters

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100%
City Kista
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2019-1738
  • Benoit Baudry, +46 8 790 41 10
  • Tysse Norlindh Falk, rekrytering@eecs.kth.se
Published 04.Jul.2019
Last application date 31.Aug.2019 11:59 PM CET

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