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PhD Candidate in Computer Security

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Organisation: The University of Luxembourg seeks to hire outstanding researchers at its Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT). SnT is carrying out interdisciplinary research in secure, reliable and trustworthy Information & Communication Technologies systems and services, often in collaboration with industrial, governmental, or international partners, under projects funded by the Horizon2020 programme and the European Space Agency. Further information at: www.securityandtrust.lu.
Research Groups and Overview of the Research. The project led by Dr. Jan Lagerwall, professor at the Research Unit for Physics & Materials Science, is strongly interdisciplinary and it will bridge Physics and Computer Science. Dr. Gabriele Lenzini, Senior research scientist in Computer Security of the Applied Security and Information Assurance group (APSIA) will supervise the research together with Prof. Peter Y. A. Ryan, Professor in Computer Security and head of the APSIA research group (see http://wwwen.uni.lu/snt/research/apsia).
We are looking for a
                PhD Candidate in Computer Security (M/F)
  • Ref.: F1R-PHY-PUL-15UNIQ
  • Fixed-term contract 3 years / full-time (40 hrs/week)
  • Student status
    Your Role: The research will bridge new discoveries in physics of materials with potentiality of breakthrough results, with origin in a new class of thin films with unique optical properties, and use them as a basis for a novel secure authentication technology. The position this call concerns is in computer science. Tasks of the research is to uniquely identify objects that interface digital systems, and to design secure protocols for their authencation. This research is related with bio-metric and secure authentication protocol design and analysis, but it will steer those topics towards new directions.
    Your Profile: We are looking for an excellent candidate who possesses:
  • a master’s degree in Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering or related field;
  • strong background in mathematics, physics or computer science;
  • experience in computer security and/or optics (this will be considered as an advantage);
  • commitment and capacity for team work and critical thinking;
  • fluent written and verbal communication skills in English.
We offer: Three-year appointment (extension with a fourth year is possible if motivated) with highly competitive salary at an equal opportunity employer. You will be working in an exciting international setting and be a part of a fast growing and dynamic research environment.
How to apply: Applications, in English and submitted online, should include:
  • Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, publications);
  • a cover letter indicating the research area of interest and your motivation;
  • a 300-word research statement which addresses specifically the topic of the position;
  • a transcript of all courses and results from the university-level courses taken;
  • a max 1-page description of your Master’s work;
  • contact information for 3 referees.
    Deadline for applications: 16th April 2015
    For inquiries, please contact
    Dr. Gabriele Lenzini (Gabriele.Lenzini@uni.lu);
    Prof. Peter Y. A. Ryan (Peter.Ryan@uni.lu);
    Prof. Jan Lagerwall (Jan.Lagerwall@uni.lu)

Contact detail

How to apply:
Send application to
Gabriele Lenzini

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Working place
1511 Luxembourg Kirchberg
Area of expertise
Computer Sciences