King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Postdoc Positions:
Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division
KAUST, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Sep 8, 2021
Dec 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Fixed Term Contract, full time, for the duration of up to 3 years. The initial
appointment will be for a period of 1 year and upon satisfactory evaluation,
it can be extended for a total duration of 3 years.
The Resilient Computing and Cybersecurity Center (RC3) at King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites applications for
multiple post-doctoral positions in the broad areas of Cybersecurity and
Dependability. The RC3 center is a newly created unit, which aims at
developing the emerging area of Resilient Computing in symbiosis with
classical Cybersecurity paradigms, fulfilling the innovative vision ---
followed by an increasing number of stakeholders --- that “Resilience is the
Cybersecurity of the XXI century”.
We are looking for researchers who have completed their Ph.D. in the past five
years, or will complete their Ph.D. soon, and wish to bootstrap their career.
We seek candidates who are prepared to participate in the shaping of such a
challenging and innovative research theme, as well as contributing to the
ambitious research agenda of the RC3 center, supported by a very substantial
Successful candidates will be given excellent conditions for the development
of their research skills, in terms of working conditions, mentoring and
The main research topics this opening is calling for are aligned with the
research priorities of RC3:
Resilience and scalability of distributed systems (fault and intrusion
tolerance, consensus, BFT, blockchain).
New challenges in HW-assisted and adaptive R/T control and Byzantine Fault
Tolerance (BFT) (CPS/IoT applications, namely autonomous land/air/space
New challenges in distributed blockchain systems and ledger technology
(cybersecurity and resilience, energy and scalability).
New challenges in digital health data, systems and processes (trusted
life-cycle of biomedical data, sharing vs. privacy; safe and trustworthy
operation of medical systems).
The candidates will work closely with Prof. Paulo Esteves-Veríssimo and his
team members, interacting closely as well with other RC3 members. They are
expected to do high-quality research, participate actively to projects, help
mentor students and publish results in the most selective venues. Good
communication and presentation skills are a must. English is the working
language of this international laboratory.
Email informal enquiries / expressions of interest to:
Prof. Paulo Esteves-Veríssimo:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Subject: CYBERSECURITY - POSTDOC
KAUST is an international, graduate-only research university with researchers
from over 100 nationalities, located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi
Arabia less than an hour drive north of Jeddah. KAUST offers outstanding
research facilities, internationally competitive salaries, one round-trip
travel to home country per year, and generous research funding from KAUST as
well as other funding opportunities through industry collaborations. KAUST
attracts top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students to
conduct curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research to address the world's
pressing scientific and technological challenges.
KAUST has an award-winning campus to live, work, study and play that is
designed to inspire and motivate students, employees and their families to
maintain an active lifestyle. The community members enjoy elementary and
secondary schools, health clinic, on-demand as well as scheduled
transportations, thematic community clubs, as well as several fitness and
outdoor sports installations including sea-faring sports. On the cultural and
leisure side, KAUST fosters the arts with a performance theater for concerts
and plays as well as a movie theater, besides numerous dining options and the
Red Sea just steps away, information may be found here.
Thanks to very effective measures, including the involvement of its
researchers, the COVID-19 pandemic has barely affected the KAUST campus-city.
We welcome candidates with a PhD in Computer Science and/or Engineering,
Informatics, or related areas, with a strong background in the theory and
practice of one or more of Security/ Privacy , Dependability/ Fault
Tolerance , of Distributed Systems and Networks and/or Real-Time and
We require documented experience about systems knowledge of one or more of:
cloud/Internet computing and communication; peer-to-peer (P2P)
infrastructures; blockchain and ledger technology; cyber-physical and
Internet-of-Things systems (CPS, IoT); software defined and/or vehicular
networking (SDN, VN); digital health technologies.
We consider as an advantage documented experience in design, verification,
and/or evaluation, of several of dependable and/or secure distributed systems
and networks; trusted computing and execution environments; dependable and/or
secure distributed blockchain and ledger systems; privacy of biomedical,
financial or social data. We consider as an added advantage documented
experience in specific instances of the above topics: distributed fault and
intrusion tolerance (a.k.a. BFT); resilience and scalability of distributed
blockchain and ledger systems; trusted computing with mix-criticality or
architectural hybridization (a.k.a. TEE); applied cryptography/coding and
data privacy; virtual machine management and O.S. kernels; trustworthy and
Byzantine resilient ML/AI.
Applicants from any nationality are strongly encouraged to apply. Fluent
written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory. We require
commitment, team working and a critical mind.
How to Apply
You will be required to complete an application form and upload all of the
Curriculum Vitae, your contact address, training record, work experience,
publications, and clear evidence about the documented experience requested
above in the call.
Letter of intent (up to 500 words) including the personal motivations
for applying to KAUST/RC3 and a statement indicating which research
priority(ies) of RC3 listed above you are interested in and explaining
your motivations for it.
Copies of up to three papers substantiating your background and/or
experience in these topics.
An abstract of your PhD thesis (max 1 page).
Transcripts and results of all courses taken during the Master/PhD
programs. Copies allowed.
Contact information for 3 referees.
Because of the high volume of applications that we usually receive, only
applications submitted through the RC3-Apply link will be considered.
Applications will be pre-screened as soon as they are received and will
deserve full consideration through rolling cut-off date periods until all
positions are filled. Candidates having applied by a given cut-off date will
receive feedback within a reasonable delay thereafter.
Next cut-off date for applications: December 15, 2021.
Please click on the "Apply Now" button to submit your application