Postdoc in formal verification for formal contracts

by Fritz Henglein, May 12, 2018

Deon Digital and DIKU are looking for a postdoc in formal verification for formal compositional contracts in a domain-specific language specifying rules (obligations, permissions, prohibitions) without conflating them with specific execution strategies (as done in smart contracts). Contracts are hosted on a variety of blockchain/distributed ledger systems. The postdoc is to develop proof-assisted semantic foundations and verification technology (for example--but not necessarily--in Coq) for guaranteed sound contract analysis and reasoning, ranging from basic security and privacy properties to quantitative analysis of resources and time constraints to guard against both errors and traps in (smart) contracts.

Application: Now until June 10th, 2018.

Position: The postdoc is a 2-year position co-funded by Deon Digital and the Danish Innovation Foundation; it carries a competitive salary, advantageous tax status for researchers moving to Denmark, and shares in Deon Digital; it is automatically converted into a permanent position at Deon Digital after the postdoc period. The postdoc will work with Prof. Fritz Henglein and his colleagues at the Programming Languages and Theoretical Computer Science section at DIKU; and with Dr. Jesper Andersen at Deon Digital Denmark and his team at Deon Digital Denmark (all of whom are computer scientists with a background in semantics-based programming language theory and technology).

Requirements: Relevant Ph.D. in computer science, awarded by end of June 2018, with documented high research quality.  Maximum 6 months of work in private sector since start of Ph.D. studies (requirement by funding agency).  Interest in working in congenial, self-organizing environments at both Deon Digital and DIKU.  Flexible remote work from home is possible in the beginning, but an eventual move to Copenhagen is expected. 

Application: If you are interested in the position, please send your CV, 1-3 papers, and (links to some of) your open source software contributions (if any) by email to Fritz Henglein, [email protected]  The position is open now.  Applications will be accepted from now until June 10th, 2018; they will be processed on an ongoing (first-come) basis.  

DIKU ( is the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen with 40+ junior and senior faculty researching fundamentals and applications of algorithms, programming languages and systems, data science, machine learning, image processing, human-computer interaction, and more.  DIKU's research is consistently ranked highly.   Its newly formed section on Programming Languages and Theoretical Computer Science is located on the North Campus in Copenhagen, 15 minutes (by bicycle or public transportation) from Deon Digital's R&D center. 

Deon Digital ( is a rapidly growing Z├╝rich-based start-up developing domain-specific language technology for blockchain/distributed ledger-hosted contracts, with applications in finance, insurance, pensions, mobility (transportation), logistics, supply chain, commodity trading and more.  Its research and development center is located in the Christianshavn section of Copenhagen, close to DIKU, the city center and 10 minutes from Copenhagen airport.