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We are now looking for a
Postdoctoral Researcher to join Prof. Fabian Fagerholm's research group.
Your role and goals
Your research will focus on exploring how the practice of continuous
experimentation (CE) can be applied in a context with limited user data. The
research approach includes empirical studies of industrial practice to explore
the problem space, designing novel solutions, and empirically evaluating these
in collaboration with industrial partners.
CE uses field experiments to steer software product development based on user
feedback and commonly relies on large amounts of user data. This project
focuses on how to benefit from CE with limited user data, specifically in
early stages of software product development. The goals of the project include
exploring novel solutions for this kind of environment. These can include
alternative experimentation setups and statistical methods (e.g., Bayesian
approaches), qualitative metrics (e.g., interview- and prototype-based
data), ways of re-using existing user bases, and combinations of such
approaches. For more information, see
https: // research.aalto.fi/en/projects/wasp-continuous-experimentation-with-
Your network and team
The position is with the research group of Assistant Professor Fabian
Fagerholm (https: // research.aalto.fi/en/persons/fabian-fagerholm), which is
part of the Software and Service Engineering (SSE) research area
(https: // www. aalto.fi/en/department-of-computer-science/software-and-service-
engineering) at the Department of Computer Science of Aalto University's
School of Science. Prof. Fagerholm's group conducts empirical research on
modern and human-centred software engineering in close collaboration with
industry, and is well connected internationally with leading institutions in
the field. More broadly, the SSE research area provides connections to
researchers within and beyond Aalto University, encompassing topics in modern
software engineering (e.g. continuous software engineering), user-centred
design, human-centred software engineering, e-health, and digital ethics and
Your experience and ambitions
You have the ability and willingness to drive high-quality research in the
area of software engineering, with particular emphasis on key areas relevant
to the project. You hold a PhD or equivalent degree in a subject relevant to
the position. You can demonstrate research qualifications and potential for a
future research career. Your research focus and present skills may range from
qualitative approaches, with emphasis on understanding and improving software
development through case studies and collaboration with industry stakeholders,
to a quantitative approach, with emphasis on solving challenges related to
software product development through the use of data; a unique combination of
both is appreciated.
Your background, skills, and interests match the following:
An understanding of continuous experimentation, including experimentation
setups, statistical methods, and integration into software development
Alignment of your research interests, ideas, and skills with the project
The ability to work independently and as part of a project team.
Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
In addition, the following are appreciated:
Experience of industrial software engineering practice, or research
collaboration with practitioners.
Interest in research on software product and service development,
including product vision and business-level aspects.
Experience of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
Willingness to explore mixed-methods research.
Openness for a human-centred focus on methods and tools for software
What we offer
You will join a research group that conducts cutting-edge research on
continuous experimentation, creating opportunities for further development in
your career. The purpose of the position is to help you to establish and grow
your independence as a researcher. The project is conducted in cooperation
with partners at Lund University, Sweden, opening opportunities to network
with researchers and companies in Finland and Sweden as well as other
countries. The position includes the possibility to travel, e.g., to
conferences and project coordination meetings to present your ongoing work and
The starting salary for the position is 3 790 EUR per month. In addition to
the salary, the contract includes occupational health benefits, and Finland
has a comprehensive social security system. The annual total workload of
research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1 612 hours. The position
is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus.
Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our
recruitment system. The application deadline is 15 August, 2022.
If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Prof. Fabian
Fagerholm email@example.com, +358505170413 (Mondays – Fridays between
If you are an Aalto employee, please apply via our internal Workday system
To apply, please share the following application materials in one pdf file
with us through our recruitment system:
A letter of motivation, justifying your reasons for applying to this
position and highlighting the qualifications that support your application
A complete curriculum vitae, describing your education and employment
A list of scientific publications, with a maximum of 5 most important
publications clearly highlighted
Supporting materials, such as reference letters or certificates confirming
degrees, employment, etc.
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