International PhD Position in Cybersecurity for Systems in Sweden

  • Phd
  • Salaried
  • 13 February 2022

With more systems becoming networked, cybersecurity is growing to be increasingly important. There are many different aspects of cyber-security, and for this position we focus on special environments, such as IoT devices, the connected vehicles, and systems with societal importance. The work includes investigation and evaluation of security mechanisms such as intrusion detection systems and how to create resilient designs and architectures, i.e. systems that not only detect deviations from normal behavior but also would be able to report more specifically what is wrong and use additional information to mitigate potential problems and continue to work.

**Major responsibilities
**Your main responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your doctoral studies within the framework of the outlined research project. You will be enrolled in a graduate program in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. You are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in written form. In addition, the position includes 20% departmental work, mostly as a teaching assistant in Chalmers' undergraduate and masters-level courses or performing other departmental tasks. You will work closely with supervisors in security for system design and development, followed by empirical evaluation to be submitted to academic conferences and journals.

The exact work tasks can be adopted to you and your profile, but research questions can span from system-oriented approaches in understanding under what conditions information is collected and if this collection can be made richer, to algorithmic questions with inspirations from explainable AI to involve investigating transparent and understandable white box mechanisms that complement the expert rather than black-box stand-alone systems.


To qualify for this PhD student position you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or in a related field, with a good foundation in computer architecture. As a person, you are empathetic, loyal and have high ethical standards. You are also highly motivated, energetic, independent and have the ability to find solutions to complex problems.

Since the research work involves hardware design and development of simulation models, good hardware design and programming skills are required. It is meritorious if you have taken courses in operating systems and compilers.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.


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Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of 5 years. During this time you are expected to obtain a PhD degree. This encompasses 20% departmental duties (typically teaching), 20% studies for credits towards your PhD and 60% research.

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