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PhD positions in information security

 University of Luxembourg  Luxembourg
The University of Luxembourg seeks to hire two outstanding PhD candidates at its Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT). SnT is carrying out interdisciplinary research in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) systems and services, often in collaboration with industrial, governmental or international partners. SnT is active in several international research projects funded by the Horizon2020 programme and the European Space Agency.

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  • PhD positions in information security (M/F)
  • Ref: R-STR-5014-00B
  • Fixed Term Contract 3 year (CDD) full-time (40 hrs/week)
  • Probation: 6 months
  • Number of positions: 2
Your Role The successful candidate will participate in the activities of the APSIA research group ( led by Prof. P. Y. A. Ryan. The group specializes in the mathematical foundations of information assurance (security design and analysis, information flow, cryptography, game-theory). The group has expertise in both the symbolic (formal methods) and the computational (provable security) styles of analysis and is investigating the links and synergies between them. The group has also established itself as a leading centre for the socio-technical aspects of security.

Research Context

The positions are is within a national partnership project about the design and the analysis of security of communication protocols for the encrypted exchange and storage of information. Such activities are meant to make it possible to assess rigorously the security of the protocols developed as components of a 'Privacy by Default' product, and to instil security in the engineering processes from the design of the communication logic down to the implementation of the running code obtained by automatic translation. The analysis can be extended to ensure security to upper layers, including those interacting with the uses.

Topics and Duties

We foresee two thesis's topic: - Analysis of Secure and Usable Protocols for the Secure Exchange of Information between Mobile Peers; - Secure Verified Implementation of Cryptographic Protocols.

Under the direction of a senior scientist research and a professor, the candidates will carry research, write scientific papers, present research results at conferences, collaborate with research partners, and write and defend a PhD thesis.

For inquiries please contact:

Dr. Lenzini Gabriele (
Prof. Peter Y. A. Ryan (

Your Profile
The candidate is expected to have:

  • Master in Computer Sciences, Information Science, or Mathematics with excellent marks;
  • A proven interest in security;
  • Independence, scientific curiosity, and a desire to learn;
  • Commitment, pro-activeness, and will to succeed;
  • A scientific critical thinking mind;
  • Background in Formal Methods and Logics is considered ad advantage;
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Depending on the targeted topic:

  • Experience with Model checkers and programming is considered an advantage;
  • Experience in usable security and the ability for work in an interdisciplinary fashion is considered an advantage;
We offer The Ph.D. study program is 3 years, starting with a fixed term employment contract of 14 months extendable up to 36 months, on full time basis (40hrs/week). The University offers competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a dynamic and growing centre.
Further Information Applications, written in English, should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (with contact address, work experience, publications)
  • Contact information for 3 referees (or three reference letters)
  • Motivation letter indicating the research area of interest and your motivation.
  • A 300 words research statement, and an argument explaining the relevance of topic.
  • Transcript of all courses and results from the university-level courses taken.

Incomplete, unmotivated, or vague applications will be rejected without notification.

Deadline: 31st March 2016

Link to apply :

Applications will be considered on receipt therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged
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