Karlstad University / Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

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The Faculty of Health, Science and Technology has an opening for a full-time PhD position in Computer Science at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the fields of computer security, privacy, and computer networking on secure and privacy-preserving networked systems.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science consists of the two research subjects: Mathematics and Computer Science. It has a research and teaching staff of more than 70 persons. In Computer Science, research and education are focused on computer networking and distributed systems, computer security and privacy, and software engineering. Both research and education are conducted in close cooperation with international, national and regional partners from both academia and industry.

Computer Science is in an expansion phase to further strengthen its focus areas to consolidate and develop its international position in research. Computer Science has been established as an excellent research group at Karlstad University from which funding for the expansion is provided to strengthen research. The Knowledge Foundation of Sweden has also granted additional funds to develop a research profile within the Computer Science focus areas in close collaboration with industry. Furthermore, Computer Science has a long history of international research projects, including numerous EU H2020 projects.

Eligible for this position are candidates with a University degree of 240 ECTS, from which at least 60 ECTS were awarded for courses at advanced level and have a Master’s degree or the Swedish Magister or Civilingenjör Degrees in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, or equivalent. International applicants who have achieved corresponding/equivalent degrees are also eligible to apply.

The PhD student will work on secure and privacy-preserving networked systems within the research profile High Quality Networked Services in a Mobile World (HITS), funded by the Knowledge Foundation of Sweden, and a recently accepted EU H2020 innovation action. Duties include applied cryptography, reasoning about security and privacy properties of cryptographic systems, and to construct provably secure systems. Experience with secure logging, Certificate Transparency, or blockchain-related systems are of particular relevance. Further, the PhD student is expected to contribute to research across research areas at the Computer Science subject to analyse and engineer networked systems. The networked systems relate to technologies such as software defined networking, programmable data planes, and network middleboxes that analyse network traffic.

The duties will be performed within both national and international research projects with collaborating academic and industry partners. A successful candidate needs to have excellent written and spoken English, a solid background in the previously mentioned technologies and research areas, good programming experience, be strongly motivated to deconstruct highly complex networked systems, and the ability to develop into an independent researcher. 

The position is limited to four years. However, if the PhD student takes other research, teaching or administrative tasks besides her/his PhD research, it can be prolonged for up to one more year. Those tasks should not exceed 20% of the time of a full-time position.

Admission is based on individual assessment of each candidate’s abilities to successfully pass the research education. The selected candidate can start immediately.

Applications should be submitted electronically via the Karlstad University web-based recruitment tool Varbi. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete and in line with the stated requirements. A complete application should be submitted before the deadline. The application should consist of:

  • a letter to demonstrate the applicant’s research interests in relation to the announced position
  • CV
  • a list of published articles
  • copies of relevant diplomas, certificates, degrees, and possible recommendation letters
  • contact information of at least two reference persons (note that the applicant will be consulted with before any contact is made with the references)

Tobias Pulls, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Karlstad University, Sweden. Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and decline any contacts from advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Immediately
Salary According to local agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2018/39
  • Tobias Pulls, senior lecturer, +46 (0) 54-700 24 75, tobias.pulls@kau.se
Union representative
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46 (0) 54-700 1434
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46 (0) 54-700 1714
Published 19.Feb.2018
Last application date 11.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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