The Department of Information Security and Communications Technology has a
vacancy for a
PhD position in "Cyber-Security for Critical Infrastructures Digital Twins"
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About the position
At the Department of Information Security and Communications Technology we
have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in "Cyber-Security for Critical
Infrastructures Digital Twins".
Digital twins have evolved from passive monitoring and state estimation
systems to integrated sociotechnical mechanisms that are essential for
strategic modeling and planning, as well as operational real-time monitoring
and control of cyber-physical systems. In order to support these
functionalities, the operation of digital twins relies heavily on maintaining
fidelity and synchronization with the production systems to which they are
targeted. This is particularly important in safety-critical systems, from
power station generators to manufacturing systems or production facilities in
the oil and gas industry.
The position's working place is NTNU campus in Gjøvik.
You will report to the Head of the Department.
Duties of the position
The PhD candidate will work on challenging research problems related to
developing digital twin demonstrators, and mechanisms that allow the
monitoring and protection of such digital twin configurations targeted towards
safety-critical cyber-physical systems. The primary objective of this work is
to develop digital twin demonstrations of sufficient fidelity and ability to
support realistic scenarios within selected sectors, such as manufacturing,
energy, and smart cities.
Consequently, the candidate will utilise this capability to study data flows,
state synchronisation, and broadly binding processes between production
systems and the corresponding digital twins. This will allow to assess risks
and attack methods towards the selected production systems, the digital twin
configurations, and the bindings between the two.
This will form the basis not only for the development of detection and
mitigation mechanisms for attacks targeted towards the monitoring and control
processes, but also for training of incident handling and analysis.
The position is part of SFI NORCICS, the new 8-year research-based innovation
Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors. These sectors include
electricity production and distribution, oil & gas production and
distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, industrial production, financial
services, transportation, smart districts. NORCICS follows a holistic,
comprehensive and systemic approach addressing people, processes and
technology to protect critical sectors throughout the cybersecurity core
functions (identify, protect, detect, respond, recover). NORCICS has
partners from academia, research, the public sector and the industry.
There are several PhD positions announced within the context of NORCICS. You
are encouraged to apply for all positions that fit your background and
We open up for an Integrated PhD-study. Please see link for more information
on integrated PhD and the requirements: Integrated PhD. Master students must
be admitted to a master study at the Faculty of Information Technology and
Required selection criteria
The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research
positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master's
degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic
background in Information Security, electrical engineering, electronic
engineering and/or computer science or equivalent education with a grade of
B or better in terms of NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades
from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If
you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can
document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD
Academic and/or professional background in the study areas and sectors, as
listed and prioritized above.
Excellent English language skills (written and oral).
Preferred selection criteria
Experience with developing testing and simulation platforms for cyber
Background in information/cyber security.
Experience with risk and threat modeling.
Strong motivation for high quality research.
Programming and modeling skills in relevant tools (e.g. MATLAB, LabView)
(As relevant to the position).
Research background within at least one of the aforementioned fields.
Excellent communication skills.
Completeness of application.
Be scientifically curious and open to new research challenges.
Demonstrate independence and persistence in addressing technical problems.
Be flexible and reliable, with ability to work effectively independently
and as part of a team.
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at
gross from NOK 507 400 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and
seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian
Public Service Pension Fund.
The period of employment is 3 years.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme in Information Security and Communication Technology within three
months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme
during the employment period.
The research within NORCICS is on the cybersecurity of critical sectors, that
include critical infrastructures, and is to be performed in close
collaboration with industry, including operators of critical infrastructures.
As such, it is expected that persons engaged with this kind of research will,
directly or indirectly, become involved with knowledge and technology of an
inherently sensitive, from a cybersecurity perspective, nature. The engagement
is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State
Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export
of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of
the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the
latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of
The position is subject to external funding.
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
on a daily basis.
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English.
Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please
note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available
on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows
clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out
The application must include:
A short and directed cover letter (in English or Norwegian) identifying:
Your motivation for a PhD study.
Your understanding and thoughts of topics of the position.
Why you are suited for the position (elaborating on the aforementioned required and preferred criteria).
CV, certificates and diplomas that verify the aforementioned selection
criteria (both required and preferred).
Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be
considered in the assessment (up to 5 works – if available).
Name and address of three referees.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal suitability. Academic results,
publications, relevant specialisation, work or research experience, personal
qualifications and motivation will be considered when evaluating the
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its
rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is
ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including
healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best
of its kind in the world.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the
development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name,
age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested
not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate
Professor Vasileios Gkioulos, telephone (0047)61135162, email
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the recruitment
process, please contact Stine Terese Ruen Nymoen, e-mail:
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master
Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
2020/44823 when applying.
Application deadline: 31.07.2021
NTNU - knowledge for a better world
NTNU - knowledge for a better world
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge
for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology
Research is vital to the security of our society. We teach and conduct
research in cyber security, information security, communications networks and
networked services. Our areas of expertise include biometrics, cyber defence,
cryptography, digital forensics, security in e-health and welfare technology,
intelligent transportation systems and malware. The Department of Information
Security and Communication Technology is one of seven departments in the
Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .
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