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PhD student project FORWARDT

The section Cybersecurity of the department Mathematics & Computer Science of Eindhoven University of Technology has an opening for a PhD student.

2 maanden geleden


de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


The Forwardt project aims to improve the resilience of audio-video watermarks against so-called collusion attacks, where multiple attackers hold differently watermarked versions of the same content. We focus in particular on the challenges in real-world content delivery systems, e.g. multi-channel attacks and dynamic tracing.

The cat-and-mouse game of attack and defense gives rise to some highly nontrivial mathematics, involving combinatorics, coding theory, information theory and cryptography. The practical side is equally complex, with much work in progress on attack strategies, signal processing attacks, optimal code constructions, efficient decoding algorithms, and embedding methods.

The task of the PhD student will be to (i) design dynamic tracing algorithms to counter multi-channel attacks; (ii) attack and analyze these algorithms; (iii) try out untested approaches such as machine learning and countermeasures at the embedding layer.


We are looking for candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • a MSc in Mathematics, Computer Science, Theoretical Physics or a related discipline;
  • affinity with probabilistic methods;
  • good communicative skills in English, both written and oral.


We offer a PhD position on an exciting research topic taking place in a stimulating environment. Gross salary ranges from € 2.395 per month in the first year increasing up to € 3.061 in the fourth year. Eindhoven Technical University offers a broad package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, child daycare and excellent sports facilities).

For more information about the project or about the working conditions, please contact Dr. Boris Skoric by mail b.skoric[at]tue.nl

Additional information

The application should consist of the following parts:
  • A motivation letter;
  • A Curriculum Vitae;
  • Copies of diplomas and a list of grades of your studies;
  • Names and addresses of two referees;
  • Proof of English language skills (if applicable).

Deadline for application: November 25, 2020.

Please apply by using the 'Apply for this job' button on top of this page.

You can upload all the required documents in max. five pdf's (max. 10 Mb).