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PhD position on User control in Future Internet infrastructures

Do you have knowledge of network architectures and protocols? Are you interested in shaping the Future Internet architecture? We are looking for a PhD …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Do you have knowledge of network architectures and protocols? Are you interested in shaping the Future Internet architecture? We are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested in these topics and wants to be part of a large national project devoted to this purpose.

You will be embedded in the project 'User-driven Path Verification and Control for Inter-domain Networks' (UPIN). The project is a close collaboration with the Design & Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) research group at the University of Twente, where another PhD student will work on the same project (see vacancy). UPIN is financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and industry partners NLnet Labs, SIDN, and SURF.

The goal of UPIN is to develop and evaluate a scalable distributed system that enables users to cryptographically verify and easily control the paths through which their data travels through an inter-domain network like the Internet, both in terms of router-to-router hops as well as in terms of router attributes (e.g., their location, operator, security level, and manufacturer). UPIN will thus provide the solution to a very relevant and current problem, which is that it is becoming increasingly opaque for users on the Internet who processes their data (e.g., in terms of service providers their data passes through as well as what jurisdictions apply) and that they have no control over how it is being routed. This is a risk for people’s privacy (e.g., a malicious network compromising a user’s data) as well as for their safety (e.g., an untrusted network disrupting a remote surgery).

UPIN is part of 2STiC ('Security, Stability, and Transparency for internetwork Communications'), the Dutch research program on future internet infrastructures. 2STiC’s objective is to establish a leading center of expertise in this exciting new field of research and to contribute to the Netherlands’ and Europe’s 'digital sovereignty'. The partners in 2STiC are: University of Twente, University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, Amsterdam Internet Exchange, SURF, NLnet Labs, and SIDN Labs. More information at 2STIC.

You will be embedded in the MNS group. The group focuses its researches on the fundamental architectural problems that arise from the interconnection of systems and of data flows. We look at the emerging architectures that can support the operations of the future Internet. More information can be found at MNS.

What are you going to do?

You:

  • will focus on the development and evaluation of a scalable system to allow user-driven path control by means of programmable networks. Your peer in Twente will focus on the verification of network paths. Your respective work will be complementary;
  • will implement your solution and experiment with it on the national P4-programmable network operated by the 2STiC consortium;
  • will collaborate with other institutes and/or companies that are part of the project;
  • will be embedded and be active in the research of our Multiscale Networked Systems group;
  • will take part in ongoing educational activities, such as assisting in a course and guiding student thesis projects, at the BSc or MSc level.

Functie-eisen

What do we require?

  • A MSc degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Security or Network Engineering (or related disciplines);
  • a strong scientific interest in network architectures  and Future Internet;
  • the willingness to work in an highly international research team;
  • fluency in oral and written English and good presentation skills;
  • prior experience in programmable networking protocols, such as P4 and Segment Routing.

Conditions

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years, preferably starting mid-August. The initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months, after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,325 to €2,972 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

Additional information

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Dr Paola Grosso, Associate professor Multiscale Networked Systems group
    T: +31 (0)20 525 7533