PostDoc position in Software Ecosystems for Sustainable Development at the IT University of Copenhagen at IT University of Copenhagen

The IT University of Copenhagen invites applications for a 18 months PostDoc position in Software Ecosystems starting October 1, 2022 or soon thereafter.

The IT University’s vision is to create and share knowledge that is profound and leads to groundbreaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity. The Computer Science Department seeks to conduct research and education that are both foundational and have impact on industry and society.

The position is fully funded by the interdisciplinary project “SustAinable Irrigation Advisories for Mid-Himalayan Farmers using Smart Satellite Image Analytics” together with DHI GRASS and the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi (IIT Mandi). The project aims at developing sustainable irrigation advice for mid-Himalayan smallholder farmers by developing functionality for satellite image analysis-based irrigation advice - for application to the Himalayan region. To promote the economic viability and sustainability of such services, the project takes a software ecosystem (SECO) approach to support flexible interaction between relevant stakeholders.

We are looking for a candidate who could either strengthen (a) the design and implementation of the software infrastructure connecting farmers, satellite image analysis service, and possible 3rd parties supporting business models to be developed in the project, or (b) user-centered design of a mobile app delivering irrigation advice to Himalayan farmers. The successful candidate should be prepared to spend extended periods at the IIT Mandi, especially, if engaging with co-design with Himalayan farmers. Social skills are therefore important.

It is expected that the successful candidate has a background in computer science, especially software engineering or co-design/participatory design.

The PostDoc position is open from October 1, 2022 and runs for 18 months.
The project is led by Yvonne Dittrich, Professor in Software Engineering.

Research environment

  • The successful applicant will join the Software Engineering Group and will cooperate with the Danish and Indian project members.
  • The Computer Science department at ITU is a strong, highly international institution.
  • We aim at building a diverse team. All applications are welcome, especially those from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Job tasks

The tasks include amongst others

  • To carry out research on the project
  • To publish scientific papers and present them at international venues
  • To collaborate with international project partners

Qualification Requirements

A PhD degree in Software Engineering or Human Computer Interaction/Co-Design or similar (or submits a statement signed by the supervisor with the expected delivery time for the PhD)

General information

The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.
Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Yvonne Dittrich, IT University of Copenhagen, tel. +45 7218 5177 or email


Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).


The application must be in English and must include

  • A cover letter (max. 1 pages) explaining why you are interested in the position and how your profile fits the position.
  • Documentation of academic degree(s) including grade transcripts that documents outstanding academic achievement.
  • Up to five scientific publications written by the applicant A numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications should be marked with an asterisk
  • Curriculum Vitae, which must include two professional/academic references.

The application may also include

  • A copy of the PhD thesis (or working draft)
  • Letters of recommendation.

Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.
It is understood that even highly qualified applicants will satisfy these requirements to varying degrees, for example because of differences in publication cultures in various research fields.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.
Early contact with our faculty staff is strongly encouraged.

Application procedure

You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our website.
Please, read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form. You can see the guidelines through this link.

Applications must be written in English. All other documents, such as transcripts must be accompanied by a translation in English.
The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

Application deadline

1 September 2022 at 23:59 CEST

Interviews are planned for (tentatively): September 2022
Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.
ITU invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

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