PhD student project CATRIN
This research will develop, test, and operationalize enhanced and extensible
data models for threat intelligence by including information on adversaries,
attack procedures, and the information provided by the Responsible Internet
Mathematics and Computer Science
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Data Science Center Eindhoven
We are looking for one PhD student at the Department of Computer Science and
Mathematics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The candidate will work
in the SECurity cluster on the NWA CATRIN project. The goal of CATRIN is to
startup the Responsible Internet, a novel security-by-design concept and
extension to the Internet that enables higher levels of trust and
CATRIN integrates technology, economics, and policy research to deliver a
first operational Responsible Internet. All the PhDs hired in the project
contribute to this effort from different expertise angles .
The research position
This position focuses on the enhancement of current threat intelligence and
threat monitoring technologies. The goal of the position is to develop, test,
and operationalize enhanced and extensible data models for threat intelligence
to support monitoring and detection activities by including information on
adversaries, attack procedures, and the information provided by the
“Responsible Internet” model. This approach will require a multidisciplinary
approach integrating a deep understanding of attacker operations and methods
with technical solutions for data analysis and threat monitoring. These
approaches will integrate methods from the domains of Natural Language
Processing (NLP), and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
The SECurity cluster at TU/e is uniquely positioned to support this type of
research: the cluster conducts cutting-edge research on cybercriminal
operations via underground market infiltration and attacker measurements, as
well as running its own, in-house, commercial Security Operation Center
(SOC) . As such the cluster offers unique insights and data on attacker
and defender operations supporting this research. The successful candidate
will have access to a broad network of researchers and data, as well as direct
access to the TU/e SOC for data collection and experimentation.
An extensive project description is available on request.
- carry out research within the project, in cooperation with the other
- develop the techniques and tool prototypes required by the project, in
cooperation with the other parties involved;
- contribute to the writing of scientific papers;
- finishing a PhD thesis within four years;
- contributing to the teaching activities of the Security group.
We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:
- a MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics or closely related field with above
- a research oriented attitude;
- interest in computer security and human computer interaction;
- knowledge of attack detection and computer networks is a plus;
- good communicative skills in English, both written and oral;
- ability to work in a team, cooperate with the industrial partners;
- fluent in spoken and written English.
Conditions of employment
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the
possibility to present your work at international conferences.
A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation
(go/no-go) after nine months.
To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on
To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your
career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have
free access to a personal development program for PhD st udents (PROOF
A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy
and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with
the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary,
plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can
make use of the so-called ‘30% facility', which permits you not to pay tax
on 30% of your salary.
A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical
infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
Family-friendly initiatives ar e in place, such as an international
spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports
Information and application
For more information about the project, please contact dr. L. Allodi,
For information about employment condition s cli ck here or contact
HR, e-mail: HRServices.MCSattue.nl
The application should consist of the following parts:
- a motivation letter;
- a Curriculum Vitae;
- brief description of your MSc thesis:
- copies of your diplomas together with the list of grades, and other
- names and addresses of two referees;
- proof of English language skills (if applicable).
We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have
received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.
We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.
Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If
necessary, please combine files.