Doctoral student Cyber Security

Project description

The doctoral work will be done as part of research project ”CHAINS: Consistent Hardening and Analysis of Software Supply Chains”. Project CHAINS has been granted to KTH  by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, for 32M SEK.We’re building a team for CHAINS or 4 PhD students, 2 postdocs, 2 engineers and interns.

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Now, we have the following opening for a Doctoral Student in Cyber Security. 

Security analysis of software supply chains: This thesis aims at developing and implementing large-scale analysis for improving security in the software supply chain of libraries and applications. We will research static and dynamic code-level analysis which are targeted to specific classes of attacks, e.g., code injection, remote code execution, insecure deserialisation, prototype pollution, and more. To identify these attacks we will explore a range of technologies including taint analysis, property graphs, program slicing, and runtime monitoring. 

Contact: Musard Balliu

Third-cycle subject: Computer Science

Supervision: Associate Professor Musard Balliu

What we offer

Admission requirements

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a second cycle degree (for example a master’s degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here

Selection

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

The candidate should have a strong background in computer science. The PhD student is expected to publish in the top conferences and journals in the field of Security and Privacy.

The working language is English.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

Target degree: Doctoral Degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ‘ time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. In the case of studies that are to be completed with a licentiate degree, the total period of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education for two years.

Union representatives

Contact information  KTH’s website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Contact information  section’s website.

Application

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages. Copies of originals must be certified.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

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About KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy. Read more here

  • Type of employment- Temporary position
  • Contract type- Full time
  • First day of employment- According to agreement
  • Salary- Monthly salary according to KTH’s doctoral student salary agreement
  • Number of positions- 1
  • Full-time equivalent- 100%
  • City- Stockholm
  • County- Stockholms län
  • Country- Sweden
  • Reference number- J-2023-1262

Contact

  • Associate Professor Musard Balliu, musard@kth.se
  • Lisa Olsson HR officer, rekrytering@eecs.se
  • Published- 11.May.2023
  • Last application date- 15.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST