Doctoral student in Software Security

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Computer Science

Modern computing systems are built with a large number of components, often run on different platforms, written in multiple programming languages, and protected by different defensive mechanisms. At the heart of these systems often lie a database component and an application component. The database component stores data from different sources, and regulates the access to the data via Database Access Control. The application component consists of software programs that interact with the database to perform useful computation. A major roadblock in the path of securing database-backed application is heterogeneity. Attacks across component boundaries like code injection and sensitive data exposure exploit such heterogeneity to compromise sensitive information.

In the face of complexity and heterogeneity of today s systems, the JointForce project, financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR), seeks to develop new theories, defensive mechanisms, tools, and benchmarks for securing systems across component boundaries. The doctoral student is aimed at contributing to research in the area of application and database security. The overall purpose of JointForce is to develop a common foundation for database and application security, and to enable the cross-pollination of methods and tools from these two areas. The ideal candidate should have strong interest and good knowledge in formal aspects of programming languages, security, and verification.

The position will be supervised by Dr Musard Balliu ( http://www.csc.kth.se/ musard/ ) and Prof Dilian Gurov ( http://www.csc.kth.se/ dilian/ ). Musard's web page contains information about related research and recent tools.

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
  • Life-long network through KTH s Alumni organization.
  • A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe s fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
  • Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • Possibility to interact and collaborate with our high-profile academic and industrial partners.

Eligibility

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 degree at advanced level,
  • Completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

Selection

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his or her work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach,
  • analyse and work with complex issues,
  • very good knowledge of written and spoken English and
  • strong background in computer science

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website .

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

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the 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 the following elements:

  • 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)
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH's work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Working hours: Full time
Salary: Monthly salary according to kth's doctoral student salary agreement
City: Stockholm
Reference number: J-2019-1542
Published: 2019-06-13
Last application date: 2019-07-14


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