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PhD and PostDoc positions at VUSec

VUSec performs world-leading research in the broad area of systems security. We work on attacks, defenses, reverse engineering, and formal verification of …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Functieomschrijving

VUSec performs world-leading research in the broad area of systems security. We work on attacks, defenses, reverse engineering, and formal verification of security. We cover all major areas where security is important, especially software security, hardware security, and network security. We love to work on low-level stuff, for example tinkering with operating systems and compilers, or finding out the nitty gritty of how hardware is implemented to determine whether it is vulnerable. For this particular vacancy, we intend to fill a number of PhD and PostDoc positions relating to the following topics:

  • automatically and efficiently finding and exploiting vulnerabilities
  • automatically and efficiently fixing vulnerabilities and safely applying the fixes on a running system
  • formally verifying that such fixes are safe and effective
  • thorough evaluation of security-related systems and research
VUSec is unique for its collaborative and friendly atmosphere, in which researchers have considerable freedom in picking their projects and who they want to do them with. We publish in top-tier conferences, and can guide you towards also becoming a top researcher and boosting your academic CV. We have a strong focus on research ethics, as well as a long-standing commitment to transparency, responsible disclosure, and open source. See https://www.vusec.net/ for more information about our research group.Your duties

For PhD positions:
  • Publish papers in top-tier venues
  • Implement open source research prototypes
  • Act as a teaching assistant for BSc and MSc courses
  • Assist in supervising BSc and MSc theses
For PostDoc positions:
  • Publish papers in top-tier venues
  • Implement open source research prototypes
  • Co-supervise several PhD students and guide them to top-tier publications
  • Act as a co-teacher or teaching assistant for BSc and MSc courses
  • Co-supervise BSc and MSc theses

Functie-eisen

  • You enjoy low-level hacking and experimentation
  • You are a good programmer, especially in C/C++
  • You are strongly motivated to do top-tier research, and are not quickly discouraged if things do not work out as planned
  • (for PhD positions) You hold a master’s degree in Computer Science or a closely related discipline
  • (for PostDoc positions) You hold a PhD degree in Computer Science or a closely related discipline or are about to defend your PhD thesis
  • (for PostDoc positions) You are willing and able to help in supervising a number of PhD students to publications in top-tier venues
  • You have demonstrable strong knowledge and skills in computer systems, including topics such as compilers, operating systems, computer architecture, and computer networks
  • You have demonstrable strong knowledge and skills in systems security, including topics such as software and hardware vulnerabilities and exploits, and fuzz testing
  • Optionally, you also have demonstrable strong knowledge of formal verification, especially in the context of languages/compilers and of security
  • You have good command of the English language (there is no need to know Dutch)
  • You have a strong commitment to research ethics

Conditions

A challenging position in a socially involved organization.

PhD positions
The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,395 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,061 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
PostDoc positions
The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €3,491 per month during the first year and increases to €4,402 (scale 10) per month during the fourth year, based on full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0,8 FTE.The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 2 or 3 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until August 31, 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: VUSec faculty members
Position: Full/Associate/Assistant Professor
E-mail: faculty@vusec.net


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