2021-03803 - Post-Doctoral Research Visit F/M Blockchain based secure
routing in wireless IoT based Critical Infrastructures (M/F)
Contract type : Fixed-term contract
Level of qualifications required : PhD or equivalent
Fonction : Post-Doctoral Research Visit
About the research centre or Inria department
The Inria Lille - Nord Europe Research Centre was founded in 2008 and employs
a staff of 320, including 280 scientists working in fourteen research teams.
Recognised for its outstanding contribution to the socio-economic development
of the Hauts-De-France région, the Inria Lille - Nord Europe Research Centre
undertakes research in the field of computer science in collaboration with a
range of academic, institutional and industrial partners.
The strategy of the Centre is to develop an internationally renowned centre of
excellence with a significant impact on the City of Lille and its surrounding
area. It works to achieve this by pursuing a range of ambitious research
projects in such fields of computer science as the intelligence of data and
adaptive software systems. Building on the synergies between research and
industry, Inria is a major contributor to skills and technology transfer in
the field of computer science.
In the digital era, Critical Infrastructures (CIs) are operating under the
premise of robust and reliable ICT components, complex ICT infrastructures and
emerging technologies (e.g., IoT, Cloud Computing, Big Data) and are
transforming into Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs) that can offer
a high degree of flexibility, scalability, and efficiency in the communication
and coordination of advanced services and processes. The increased usage of
information technology in modern CIIs means that they are becoming more
vulnerable to the activities of hackers and other perpetrators of cyber-
related crime (cyber criminals). Several recent studies have shown that the
landscape of cyber threats is changing continuously and the nature of attacks
of this sort are evolving, involving a great degree of persistence and
This post-doctoral research project, within the Inria Fun team
(https:// team.inria.fr/fun/) falls in the context of the H2020 CyberSane
project 2019-2022 (https: // www. cybersane-project.eu).
CyberSANE's aim is to enhance the security and resilience of Critical
Information Infrastructures (CIIs) by providing a dynamic collaborative,
warning and response system (CyberSANE system) guiding the security officers
and operators (e.g. Incident Response professionals) on how to recognize,
identify, dynamically analyze, forecast, treat and respond to their advanced
persistent threat and handle their daily cyber incidents utilizing and
combining both structured data (e.g. logs and network traffic) and
unstructured data (e.g. data coming from social networks and dark web). The
main goal of CyberSANE is to introduce a holistic and privacy-aware approach
in handling security incidents, addressing the complexity of these nets
consisting of cyber assets hosted in cross-border, heterogeneous Critical
Information Infrastructures (CIs).
In this Cybersane context, the FUN team is in charge of securing the wireless
communications between IoT hardware constrained devices. To achieve so, it
will interact with different components of the CyberSane System and rely to
dynamically adapt detection techniques to potential threats and isolate
malicious or suspicious nodes.
To carry out this project, a post doctoral position is available within the
Based on the secure routing protocol and the malicious nodes identification
investigated by the PhD student, the goal of this position will be to focus on
the isolation of these malicious nodes and to some recovery mechanisms.
The post-doctoral fellow will be in charge of
Investigate the use of blockchains and cryptographic keys to secure a
Design bypassing mechanisms to evict some malicious nodes from routing
paths in the CyberSane System in the context of the CyberSane project
Implement and test the designed solutions on real hardware platform
Assist the PhD working in the project
Participate to the CyberSane project (meeting, deliverables, etc.)
We are looking for a candidate that owns a PhD in computer science, who is
creative in proposing solutions, capable of critical analysis of results and
leading research activities.
We demand the candidate :
1) to be curious and interested in new technologies
2) to have excellent skills in scripting and programming (e.g., python,
C/C++, Java, ROS) as well as previous experience with simulation and
3) to have a strong background in mobile networks and forwarding protocols;
4) to be fluent in spoken and written English with strong communication and
5) to be autonomous, open minded, team working, sense of organization and
6) Experience with mobility modeling, resource management for wireless
networks are considered a plus.
You will join a dynamic team of international scientific experts in the field
of IoT (https:// team.inria.fr/fun/).
You will participate in the design of innovative protocols within the
framework of a large-scale European project with recognised cybersecurity
You will work in a stimulating and pleasant working environment (transport
participation (50%), on-site catering, teleworking, leave and special leave
of absence (45 days), videoconference equipment, technical experimentation
You will be able to benefit from quality training courses adapted to your
needs and preferences, whether technical, methodological or linguistic.
In addition to improving your technical skills, Inria offers you the
opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills by taking part in
awareness-raising events and training courses on the creation of start-ups
(start-up horizon, intellectual property training, hackAthon ...
https: // www. inria.fr/fr/inria-startup-studio).
For international candidates, our administrative services will help you
through the various administrative procedures (visa, residence permit, social
security, housing, bank...).
Gross monthly salary (before taxes) : 2 653 €
Theme/Domain : Networks and Telecommunications
System & Networks (BAP E)
Town/city : Villeneuve d'Ascq
Inria Center : CRI Lille - Nord Europe
Starting date : 2021-10-01
Duration of contract : 12 months
Deadline to apply : 2021-09-05
Inria Team : FUN
Mitton Nathalie / Nathalie.Mitton@inria.fr
Inria is the French national research institute dedicated to digital science
and technology. It employs 2,600 people. Its 200 agile project teams,
generally run jointly with academic partners, include more than 3,500
scientists and engineers working to meet the challenges of digital technology,
often at the interface with other disciplines. The Institute also employs
numerous talents in over forty different professions. 900 research support
staff contribute to the preparation and development of scientific and
entrepreneurial projects that have a worldwide impact.
Instruction to apply
CV, application letter, list of publications, one or more letters of
recommandation and a short research statement.
Defence Security :
This position is likely to be situated in a restricted area (ZRR), as
defined in Decree No. 2011-1425 relating to the protection of national
scientific and technical potential (PPST).Authorisation to enter an area is
granted by the director of the unit, following a favourable Ministerial
decision, as defined in the decree of 3 July 2012 relating to the PPST. An
unfavourable Ministerial decision in respect of a position situated in a ZRR
would result in the cancellation of the appointment.
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