Post Doctoral Researcher in Machine Learning applied to Software Effort Estimation, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aarhus University

Updated: 23 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 May 2024

The Section for Software Engineering and Computing Systems, at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), invites applicants for a three-year postdoctoral position within the area of Artificial Intelligence applied to Software Effort Estimation (AI4SEE).

This position is funded by Aarhus University Research Foundation’s Recruiting grant (AUFF Grant).  This grant aims to significantly expand our understanding of the SEE area by means of a solution coined as probabilistic meta-synthesis of evidence.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a three-year fixed-term position with employment start date is October 1st, 2024, or shortly afterwards.

The research to be addressed

Software Effort Estimation (SEE) is one of the core areas in Software Engineering; however, despite it being investigated for more than 50 years, there are several ongoing challenges that this research aims to address.  

The AUFF grant aims to investigate SEE within the context of agile software development, employing machine learning techniques applied to industrial datasets, and in collaboration with industry.

The applicant will work in the Software Engineering Theme, which is one of several Themes part of the Software Engineering and Computing Systems Section at AU-ECE. This research complements another similar research also being investigated within the SE Theme. This means that the applicant will immediately engage in a wider collaboration within the Software Engineering Theme, and potentially across other Themes.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Software Engineering or related field.

  • Solid research experience in Machine Learning, in particular in LLMs.
  • Solid programming expertise in Python.
  • Be the main author in at least one journal publication published at a high impact journal. This journal does not need to be in the field of Software Engineering but needs to be of high impact.
  • Experience with publishing in journals and conferences.
  • Fast learner with interests in multi-disciplinary research.
  • Excellent English skills, both orally and written.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively within a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural team.
  • Inclusive and open minded.

Who we are

Further details about the Software Engineering and Computing Systems Section can be found here:

Further details about the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering can be found here:

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Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information

Additional information relating to this job opening position can be obtained by contacting the project leader, Professor Emilia Mendes (

[email protected]



Applications must be received no later than 31 May 2024.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the

Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation


The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here . Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here .

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here .

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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