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PhD Scholarship in Computer Science, SIoT – Secure Internet of Things – Aarhus Denmark

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University invites applications for a PhD fellowship/scholarship within the Computer Science programme – SIoT – Secure Internet of Things from MSc or BSc degree holders in computer science – Feb 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Scholarships
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: May 2022 or ASAP
Contract Period: 4 years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Computer Science
Vibrant IT-campus Katrinebjerg
Aarhus University (AU)
Åbogade 34, Aarhus N, Denmark

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Qualification Details

Applicants to this position must have a MSc degree in Computer Science or a closely related field. The ideal candidate has a strong background in formal methods and/or algorithms, a demonstrable affinity with software or system security, and excellent collaboration and communication skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Many industrial systems contain communicating devices, connected in the so-called Internet of Things. The security demand on such systems is high, since they often monitor and control safety-critical environments. This project aims at analysing their security risks quantitatively, and at supporting the design of secure solutions.

The project approach will be to model attacks and countermeasures in a uniform framework, called Attack-Defense-Games, and to use automata theory and analysis algorithms to perform quantitative risk assessment. We will use models from formal methods and algorithms from game theory to synthesize controllers that balance performance, cost and security.

The SIoT project, coordinated by Aarhus University, is a collaboration within DIREC (Digital Research Centre Denmark) between four Danish universities and eight Danish companies. The project aims at theoretical progress in modelling and analysis with Attack-Defense-Games. We will take inspiration from case studies with interesting security challenges from the industrial partners.

Please note that you are required to upload a project description describing your ideas and research plans for this specific project. You are welcome to indicate an URL where further information can be found. The project description must be approx. ½ to 4 pages.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page or from advertisement webpage (URL below)

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Documents Required

Before you apply, please read the application guide thoroughly. You can find the guide here.How to apply:

1)      Find the application form:Go to - Note, the online application system opens on 1 December 2021.Choose February 2022 Call with deadline 1 February 2022 at midnight (23.59 CET).You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme “Computer Science”.

2)      Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any): Please choose AU funds
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: “SIoT – Secure Internet of Things (SI–SIT)”
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3)      Application attachments:Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) languages.

As a minimum, all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, and no zip):

  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • One reference (template for references)
  • Transcripts, grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), and diploma(s) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. If the original documents are not in English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) then copies of the original documents as well as a certified English translation must be attached.
  • Project description (½-4 pages). This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed.

The graduate school reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made.
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSNS Application Guide.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • The project will only be initiated if final funding (from the graduate school/the faculty) is secured.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

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Contact details

Applicants seeking further information for this project are invited to contact:Prof. Jaco van de Pol, For more information:

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