[isabelle] Post-doctorate position on verification for domain-specific languages

Post-doctoral position: Verification for domain-specific languages

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral fellowship on the modeling
and verification of domain-specific languages in the MOSEL team at LORIA
(http://www.loria.fr/equipes/mosel/), to begin in September 2006 or at a
mutually agreeable date.

The research will be carried out within the project VeriTLA+ (A
Verification Environment for TLA+ Applied to Service Descriptions,
http://wiki.loria.fr/wiki/VeriTLA). Within this project, we aim to model
domain-specific languages in the specification language TLA+
(http://research.microsoft.com/users/lamport/tla/tla.html) and to
develop strategies for the verification of programs written in DSLs
against (domain-specific) high-level correctness properties. Because the
properties are fixed and the expressiveness of DSLs is limited, we hope
to obtain a significant degree of automation. These techniques will be
validated for DSLs for communication services
(http://phoenix.labri.fr/research/commServices/) and for schedulers in
operating systems (http://www.emn.fr/x-info/bossa/). The post-doctoral
researcher is expected to interact intensively with the designers of
these languages. TLA+ is currently supported by a mature model checker,
a proof environment is being developed in a companion project.

Candidates must hold a PhD and should have demonstrated research
interest in formal methods and formal reasoning. (Prior knowledge of
TLA+ is not a prerequisite.) The fellowship gives an opportunity to
carry out research in collaboration with four INRIA projects in France
and several international partners. The appointment is for one year, the
salary is 2150 euros per month.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, references, and a short
description of research interests should be sent before July 31, 2006 by
email to Stephan.Merz at loria.fr, who is also available for informal
inquiries and discussions about the position.

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