November 3, 2015

Join our team

Research is (or at least should be) always the result of a collaborative effort. Therefore, we are always looking to build new win-win relationships with interested people/companies.

We’ll be more than happy to welcome you aboard as a new full-time team member, as an associate researcher or as partner company . Just get in touch ( jordi.cabot at ) and we’ll schedule a chat to explore the best options.

Come to work with us

Are you interested in our research topics? Would you like to join our team (as a student intern, Ph.D. student, post-doctoral researcher, visiting professor,…)? If so, feel free to get in touch (include your CV and let us know why you’d like to join us). We’d be happy to work together to find a way to bring you in if we think you could be a good match for us. Note that due to the variety of our research topics we’re not only looking for researchers with a software background, we are also interested in expanding our team with researchers with an economy, social science (in the broadest sense) or complex systems profile.

We’re located in the wonderful city of Barcelona (if the team does not look attractive enough, I’m sure our city will convince you!) but the working language of the team is English.

When available, more information on specific calls can be found just below.

Open call for PhD position in software engineering (joint supervision with CEA List)

CEA List  and Open University of Catalonia seek applications for a PhD position in (model-driven) system and  software engineering. The thesis will be a join co-supervision between DR. Sébastien Gerard  (Head of the LISE labs at CEA LIST, Paris) and Prof. Jordi Cabot (head of the SOM Lab, UOC, Barcelona). The candidate will be hosted by CEA but will carry out regular visits to Barcelona. Funding is for a 3 years period.

The topic of the thesis will be the Cognification of model-driven engineering. Cognification is the application of knowledge (inferred from large volumes of information, artificial intelligence or collective intelligence) to boost the performance and impact of an engineering process. The thesis will evaluate and adapt cognification to Model-Driven Engineering (and System and Software Engineering in general) as a way to improve current system or software development processes. A first example could be the creation of modeling bot playing the role of virtual modeling assistant able to suggest modeling improvements based on its knowledge of previous models for the same domain, ontologies or learnt modeling best practices. A second example could be a process bot (e.g., an ISO26262 bot) that will assist engineers to design complex systems conforming certification processes such as ISO26262 in the automotive system domain. See other examples.

Concrete implementation of the PhD results are expected and will take place in the context of the Papyrus open-source project.

Only highly qualified PhD candidates with a master’s degree in computer science should apply. The required skills include very good knowledge in the field of software engineering, excellent programming skills and knowledge of machine learning techniques. The start date of the employment is expected to be  7 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications (and any enquiry) should be sent by email *as soon as possible* to both Sébastien Gerard ( ) and Jordi Cabot (

The application must contain:

  • a motivation letter including a statement of your research interests
  • a full curriculum vitae, including list of publications if any
  • a minimum of two contacts that can provide letters of recommendation

Applications not complying with the above requirements may not be considered.

Become an associate researcher

If you can’t join us in Barcelona, we can still work together! We could setup a collaboration between our teams or, if you’re an independent researcher, integrate you in our own structure. You could become an associate researcher and participate remotely in our research activities and projects. Upon certain conditions, this includes covering travel costs to visit us and/or disseminate join results.

Be a partner company

We look forward to work with software companies to learn more about their real problems and needs and, hopefully, to later come back with a suitable solution you could validate and give feedback on. If you think you could help and/or are looking for a solution to any kind of software-related problem, we want to hear from you!. Even if you don’t have an immediate question to pose, we are always interested in keeping track of companies and what topics are of interest for them so that we know who to approach when in need of some industrial validation for new projects.

Please note that collaborations with research teams do not always cost money, in fact they can save you a lot of money. Funding is always nice but a necessary condition. Sometimes, just giving some of your time to chat with us and share your thoughts on what we do is more than enough! So don’t let money deter you.

For more long-term collaborations, specially if they target a core problem in your company, funding would be nice but we can always look for full/partial external funding (like industrial PhDs program, participation in national/international projects,…). So, no excuses, let’s talk!