Postdoctoral Fellowship: Decision making for sustainable design in software systems

At the University of Toronto, a postdoctoral position is available for one year. The successful applicant will join the research group led by Prof. Christoph Becker in studying decision making in software and information systems design and development and developing approaches for sustainable design in software & information systems practice. The desired start date is September 1, 2018. The stipend is $ 55,000 Canadian dollars.

The applicant will play a leading role in conducting case studies of information systems development projects with a focus on team decision making about requirements and architecture; will develop sustainable design approaches, methods and tools; and will evaluate and refine these in collaborative research with partners from industry and academia. The applicant will play an important role in the emerging area of sustainability design with an impact on software engineering, information systems, human computer interaction, and requirements engineering.

We are seeking a candidate with a strong background and interest in (1) the collaborative and human aspects of software engineering and information systems design, (2) the role of requirements in the direct and indirect impact that software systems have after their deployment, and (3) the study of decision making as it actually happens in project teams. This is a unique opportunity for a recent PhD graduate to develop an outstanding profile in the emerging area of sustainability design in software and information systems in an environment that values and promotes excellence at the intersection of technical and social perspectives.

The Faculty of Information is a dynamic and very interdisciplinary space that covers information systems, data science, human computer interaction, knowledge management, cultural heritage, libraries and archives, digital curation, science and technology studies, culture and technology, and other areas of information.

The Fellow will collaborate with research partners in academia and industry and will be embedded in the Sustainability Informatics research group (, the Digital Curation Institute (  and the international research network  on sustainability design,

The applicant must have recently completed a PhD in an area related to this project, such as collaborative and human aspects of software engineering, requirements engineering, software project management, empirical or behavioral software engineering, technical debt management, ICT for sustainability, CSCW, or similar. Because of the project’s interdisciplinary commitment, diverse backgrounds will be considered!

Excellent candidates will have demonstrated experience in empirical work with software projects, for example through field studies, as well a commitment to interdisciplinary research and some knowledge of decision making theories and research methods.

Applicants should email a motivation letter with a statement of research interests, full curriculum vitae and a list of relevant publications, and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent separately to Christoph Becker. Review of applications will begin on June 11 and continue until the position is filled.  There are opportunities to meet around ICT4S Toronto and before ICSE in Gothenburg. Please get in touch!

For procedures and guidelines, refer to the University of Toronto page for Postdoctoral Fellows.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.