PhD on Building an Open Source Community for Room Acoustics at Eindhoven University of Technology

by Alexander Serebrenik, Sept. 2, 2022

Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) is looking for PhD candidates interested in working on building an Open Source community for room acoustics.

The PhD position is part of a larger project “A new era of room acoustics simulation software: from academic advances to a sustainable opensource project and community”. One of the main problems with the state of art in room acoustics modelling is the gap between developments at academia and the methods that engineers use. Together with the colleagues from the Acoustics group of the Built Environment faculty and several companies, in this project we will (1) further develop and validate room acoustics modelling methods, (2) develop a software prototype of these methods and (3) create a sustainable open-source (OS) community capable of continuing development and usage of the prototype beyond the timeframe of this project.

You will contribute to activities (2) and (3) of the project. Your first group of tasks will be related to the open-source code and documentation: you will design the evolution-resilient software architecture, perform ongoing evaluation of maintainability of the software being developed, and ensure that the documentation does not form obstacles preventing participation in the project of diverse individuals. The second group of tasks will be related to community building. You will design and evaluate ways of recruiting and retaining open-source contributors. Closer to the end of the project you will design of the transition strategy by transferring the ownership of the project to an open-source foundation.

Job requirements

  • MSc degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related fields
  • Interest in community building and community management.
  • Working and teaching are in English. Excellent skills in this language are required.

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Please check or contact prof.dr. Alexander Serebrenik ([email protected]). With questions about the application process or the conditions of employment, you can also contact [email protected] Please apply on