Postdoc in Cyber security: Threat modeling and attack simulations

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Job description

Increased digitization makes us increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, where computers are compromised by malicious actors in order to cause damage and disruption. The higher the degree of digitization, the more devastating the potential attacks.

In order to mitigate cyber threats, vulnerabilities first need to be identified. This is generally very difficult, because it requires (i) a detailed understanding of the system architecture, and (ii) significant security expertise. The task can be significantly facilitated by dedicated engineering tool support in the form of threat modeling and attack simulation. Threat modeling supports requirement no 1 by documenting the design of the system architecture. Attack simulation supports requirement no 2 by automating the identification of vulnerabilities.

The main goal with this work is to develop threat modeling and attack simulation approaches. Programming skills are required, and skills or interest in ethical hacking is encouraged.

The Division of Network and Systems Engineering (Department of Computer Science) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology does research and education in cyber security, threat modeling, attack simulations, ethical hacking, and management of large scale complex IT environments. The division currently has ten faculty members, ten post docs, and about 20 PhD students.

We are offering a two-year doctoral position at the Division of Network and Systems Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

What we offer

  • International workplace.
  • A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
  • Here you get colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic environment.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

Qualifications

Requirements

  • A doctoral degree in cyber security, IT security, information security, software engineering, computer science, or related field is required. The doctoral degree must have been obtained within the last three years from the application deadline (some exceptions for special grounds, for instance sick leave and parental leave)

  • Ideal candidates must have a strong background in programming, cyber security, and preferably also penetration testing. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and ability to write peer reviewed papers.

Preferred qualifications

  • Research expertise
  • Educational ability
  • Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality
  • Teamwork
  • Independence

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH's webbpage .

Application

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Temporary employment for up to two years , or by agreement.

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.

Others

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.

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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
City: Stockholm
Reference number: J-2020-1113
Published: 2020-05-12
Last application date: 2020-06-20


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