PhD Student in Cybersecurity with Specialization in Memory-safe Software

Lulea University
August 05, 2024
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Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

Cybersecurity at the department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering at Luleå University of Technology is now looking for two PhD students to contribute to our growing activities.

Luleå University of Technology is in an expansive phase and is implementing an initiative to strengthen research and education in cyber security by establishing a new research group in the area. The investment is directly related to the university's successful ICT environment with several strong research groups that offer good opportunities for synergy. We therefore see a trend towards research and development of methods to protect various types of systems that are connected to the internet as important. These systems range from small sensors to large-scale control systems for society's energy supply, and the research covers everything from deep research at method level, e.g. algorithm development, to applied research in collaboration with other groups.

Subject description Cyber security focuses on technical security aspects as well as protection of systems that are connected to the Internet and include protection of software, data, and hardware.

Project description In the autumn of 2024, Luleå University of Technology will start several projects in the area of cyber security in collaboration with other universities, small and medium-sized companies, large companies, municipalities, regions and authorities such as the Swedish Pensions Agency, the Swedish Armed Forces, etc. You will work within a newly started team that operates in an extremely current and fast-moving area. Our upcoming projects focus on cyber security linked to IT; OT and IoT, and cloud security where development and evaluation of technical solutions is a common denominator. Specifically, we are looking for a PhD student within memory-safe software.

A majority of known security vulnerabilities are related to memory unsafety. You will study opportunities to improve security for embedded/cyberphysical systems by developing new design methodologies and tools. We are looking for two students with background and interest in memory safe languages, low-level programming, embedded system design and open source development.

Duties A doctoral student position involves both theoretical and practical work. As a doctoral student, you are trained in scientific work in the form of publishing scientific articles in journals and at national and international conferences. You also study compulsory and voluntary doctoral courses. In addition, you can have the opportunity to try out the teaching role. As a researcher, you work as a neutral party in many contexts, which provides a fantastic opportunity to learn how to run challenging development projects.

Qualifications We are looking for analytic and motivated colleagues that can perform advanced research, both independently and in cooperation with the rest of the team. The necessary background for applicants is a master degree in Computer Science or equivalent. The applicant must be proficient in software development and computer science and be fluent in oral and written English. Specific depth in mathematics, computer security or encryption is valuable but not a requirement. It is an advantage if you have previous experience from research and publication.

For further information about a specific subject see General syllabus for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Most employees at Cybersecurity are currently men, therefor we welcome female applicants.

Further information Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%. Placement: Luleå or Skellefteå. Starting date: 1 September 2024 or any date we agree on. Security clearance may occur.

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor and Division Manager Kåre Synnes, (+46)920-49 1507, [email protected] Professor and Head of Subject Karl Andersson, (+46)910-58 5364, [email protected] Professor Per Lindgren, (+46)920-49 1092, [email protected]

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529 [email protected] OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792 [email protected]

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Application We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Closing date for applications: 5 August 2024 Reference number: 2416-2024

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