Ph.D. student positions in Networked Systems Security

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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Job Status: Expired
No of Vacancies: 2
Date Posted: November 13, 2017
Expiry Date: November 30, 2017
Job Type: PhD
Job Level: Any
Years of Experience: 2
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Salary Type: Fixed
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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Become a part of world-leading research and education! The School of Electrical Engineering is one of ten schools at KTH. We conduct research and education in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Information Technology, Space, Fusion and Plasma Physics. The field of electrical and electronic engineering at KTH is internationally recognized and places high in international rankings. The school is responsible for bachelor and master programs in Electrical Engineering which are closely linked to our research fields. 450 people work together in an international environment in eight departments and in the Dean’s office.

The Department of Network and Systems Engineering consists of about 20 faculty members, researchers and Ph.D. students who contribute to a high professional standard of intensive work and quality results, as well as to a friendly and open environment. The staff has a multicultural background and the working language is English. The department has many research collaborations with excellent partners worldwide, and is involved in several European and national projects.

Project description

We invite applications for PhD positions with the Networked Systems Security (NSS) at EE/NSE. We are looking for highly motivated individuals to pursue a PhD in security and privacy. The position involves activities leading to original research and results in peer-reviewed publications. The research topics can relate with any of the areas the NSS group works on.

The NSS group designs and builds trustworthy networked systems. Our research agenda covers a gamut of security and privacy problems; a number of our results got significant attention by the research community. Our teaching efforts lead to a new security curriculum we introduced at KTH.

Candidates with experimental/systems or theoretical profiles and research interests in any aspect of security and privacy are welcome to apply.


Applicants must hold or be about to receive an MSc degree in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, information and communication technologies, or a related area. Furthermore, the applicant must have:

  • Strong academic credentials, written and spoken English proficiency, communication and team-work skills.
  • Interest in several of the following: design, analysis, verification, implementation, or empirical evaluation of secure networked systems.
  • Background in several of the following: computer security, mobile computing, networking, Internet security, wireless communications, distributed algorithms and systems, programming languages, performance analysis, operating systems, simulation techniques and tools, software engineering, system and network programming, applied cryptography, privacy preserving or enhancing technologies, optimization, information theory.
  • Preparation and readiness to contribute to our research agenda and to work in an internationally oriented group.

Trade union representatives

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


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.

Early applications are strongly recommended. An application, written in English, at least in 10pt font, should include:

  1. Cover letter: One-page summary of your application.
  2. Curriculum vitae: A document on all your relevant academic, professional, and other achievements, experience, and knowledge. Maximum four (4) pages.
  3. Transcripts and degrees: Official documents from your previously attended University-level institutions, with certified translations in English (unless provided so by the issuing institution).
  4. Recommendation letters: Please include detailed contact information for at least two (2) references and attach recommendation letters to your application.
  5. Statement of purpose: Please discuss: your motivation and research interests, your preparation (studies, technical knowledge, research, experience, etc.) towards a PhD in our group, and your future goals. Maximum two (2) pages.
  6. Representative publications/technical reports: Up to two (2) documents, up to twelve (12) pages each. For longer documents (e.g., theses), please provide an abstract and a web link to the full text.


The employment is time limited following the regulations for Ph.D. employment in the Higher Education Ordinance (~ 5 years when 80% PhD studies and 20% department service including teaching).

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement, preferably as soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH’s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number E-2017-0949
  • Panos Papadimitratos, Professor,
  • Mikael Visén, HR administrator,, +46 8 790 84 89
Published 14.Sep.2017
Last application date 30.Nov.2017 11:59 PM CET

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