Postdoctoral Fellow in Software

Lero has an exciting senior postdoctoral research position available, co-funded by an industry partner. The project focuses on open source software development processes and inner source, with special attention to interactions between companies and open source communities and software reuse. Given the industry focus of the project, a strong commitment to achieve research results in a timely fashion is essential. The research also involves several field studies, and the successful candidate must be willing and able to travel for up to several weeks per year during the project. 

The position is with Lero, and is based in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at University College Cork (UCC). UCC is a Top 2% University and has been voted “University of the Year” for the 5th time since the award’s inception in 2002. The position offers excellent career opportunities as well as opportunities for industry collaborations and collaboration with researchers in other Irish universities and Institutes of Technology. 

The Senior Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to make significant contributions to the direction and progress of the project in addition to working closely with the other team members and the Project Principal Investigator, Dr. Klaas-Jan Stol. The Senior Postdoctoral Researcher will also become a member of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. Applicants are invited from those with a PhD qualification and publications in Software Engineering, Information Systems, or any other relevant area. 

For informal enquiries on the post, please contact Dr Klaas-Jan Stol at

Applications should include (PDF format only):
A cover letter of maximum 2 pages in which you outline your suitability for the position; 
A Curriculum Vitae that is relevant to the position (max. 10 pages); 
A list of 2 references. 
Supplementary Information on the School of Computer Science and Information Technology is available at the following URL: Further information about Lero can be found at 

Post Duration: up to 20 months (up to 30th November 2020) 

Salary: €45,540-€48,205 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale) 

Project: HUSRAI: Huawei Software Reuse Assessment and Improvement 

Senior Post–Doctoral Researcher 

This is an advanced research training role, building on their prior experience as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in UCC or elsewhere, where you will conduct a specified programme of research and research training under the guidance of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to deliver research results and objectives, develop new or advanced research skills and competencies, the successful development of funding proposals and to interact in the supervision and mentorship of graduate students, in conjunction with an academic supervisor. 

The Post-Doctoral/Senior Post-Doctoral phase has an expected duration up to a maximum of 6 years, subject to the term of the project, on a full-time or part-time basis. Movement to the grade of Senior Post-Doctoral researcher in the University will be by competing for an advertised post. External appointments made directly to Senior Post-Doctoral research positions must have previous post-doctoral experience of at least 3 years. 


To conduct and lead a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader. 
To secure competitive research funding for research proposals 
To engage in appropriate and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, School or College. 
To assume a role in the design as well as the execution of research, contributing significantly to the development of research proposals and funding successes. 
To support the Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of a research programme. 
To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator. 
To engage in the wider research activities of the Research Group, School or College. 
To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with the supervisor or supervision team. 
To conduct administrative and management work associated with the research project. 
To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post. 
To engage in costing research grant proposals and take on financial management of projects. 


A PhD qualification in Software Engineering, Information Systems, or other relevant fields, or equivalent. 
Three years of prior research experience or relevant industry experience. 
Relevant extensive experience in research on open source, inner source, or software development methods, or a demonstrable ability to develop expertise in new fields quickly. 
Excellent communication skills. 
Strong coordination, organisational/management, supervisory and interpersonal skills. 
Ability to work well within a team and to deliver results in a timely fashion. 
Leadership potential. 
Excellent publication track record. 
Good working knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. 
Ability and willingness to travel for the project. 
Experience of applying for and securing funding. 

Desirable Criteria:
Strong software-related technical skills, including software development. 
Good dissemination skills targeting non-academic audiences (industry-focused). 
Prior track record of research proposal writing. 
Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process. 

For informal enquiries on the post, please contact Dr Klaas-Jan Stol at