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PhD Position in Secure Software Development, Computer Science – Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden University, LEI, The Netherlands

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Leiden University invites application for PhD Position in Secure software development for High-Performance Computing Systems, Computer Science to join Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Faculty of Science, the Netherlands

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: Jan 2022 or ASAP
Contract Period: 1+3 Years
Salary: € 2.434,- to €3.111/gross per month

Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS)
Faculty of Science

Leiden The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • Master degree in Computer Science or a closely related field.
  • Experience in research and/or development (e.g., during the Master/Bachelor thesis project, or job experience).
  • Knowledge of computer systems design (HPC, cloud computing, distributed computing).
  • Strong interest in security, computer systems, software engineering, demonstrated by course grades, participation in hackatons and CTF events, personal projects, etc.
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary aspects of cyber security (governance, human behavior, legal aspects, and other aspects).
  • Interest in teaching cyber security.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.
  • An independent and creative team player with good communicative skills.
  • Able to work independently in an interdisciplinary environment.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD candidates will focus on:

  • Secure software development for High-Performance Computing Systems (1 position; the candidate on this position will be partially hosted by SURFsara, Amsterdam)

This position is a part of the interdisciplinary research project C-SIDe funded by the NWO. The project focuses on designing an interdisciplinary methodology for secure software development. This project will be an excellent opportunity to engage with diverse organizations active in cyber security, including private companies and government agencies.

Key responsibilities 

  • Execute research tasks (e.g., design and conduct experiments, develop research prototypes) for the project under supervision of Dr. Olga Gadyatskaya and the project researchers.
  • Engage with project partners and external project stakeholders.
  • Prepare and publish high-quality scientific articles about research results; disseminate the results to academic and industrial audiences, and wider public.
  • Contribute to teaching activities at Leiden University, co-supervise Master and Bachelor projects.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: 21-230
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Documents Required

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Please ensure that you enclose the following documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • CV [in PDF format]
    • indicating all previous experience relevant to the selection criteria
    • including contact details of 1-2 referees.
  • Motivation letter [in PDF format]
    • outlining your fit for this vacancy and your future career goals.
  • An academic transcript(s) of your BSc and MSc degrees, including grades.

We will consider applications upon receipt, until the position is filled. The selected candidate is expected to start in January 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

About the Department

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is a centre of excellence for multidisciplinary research and education in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI).

LIACS performs research within a number of themes. We concentrate on the study of theoretical foundations and formal methods, and focus on applications in the field of artificial intelligence and data science. And we cooperate with knowledge institutes, governments and corporate organisations. As a consequence of our broad and international working field, we offer complete and outstanding education.

About the Employer:

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time 1 year term position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from € 2.434,-  to €3.111,-  gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

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Contact details

Enquiries can be made to assistant professor Dr. Olga Gadyatskaya (e-mail:

If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Maaike Veldkamp (e-mail:

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