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Centre for Cyber Security is looking for interesting PhD projects in cyber security

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On 1 November Centre for Cyber Security (CFCS) published a PhD call, this is the corresponding PhD candidate job posting.

Do you want to be a part of an ambitious team working dedicatedly towards a digitally safe Denmark based on new innovative technologies? Do you have a Master's degree in IT and/or cyber security? Can you produce new results and disseminate your knowledge?

We are looking for candidates, who through academic research in cyber security want to help secure Denmark against vulnerabilities present in tomorrow's IT technologies.

The position
You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the university where your supervisor works. At the university you will partake in usual PhD student educational activities. Your place of employment is CFCS, where you will work on your project part time. The project will be within one of the below mentioned topics, as described by your supervisor in the application for the main PhD call.

The topics of particular interest are:

  • Quantum-safe cryptology. Development of encryption systems that are not vulnerable to the capabilities of emerging quantum computers
  • Lightweight cryptology. Development of efficient encryption systems suitable for internet-of-things devices with low computational capabilities and power budget
  • New quantum algorithms. Discovery of new and promising applications for quantum computers
  • Quantum sensors. Development of existing technology or new methods for sensing applications including e.g. navigation, communication, mapping, target acquisition and surveillance
  • Quantum communication. Improvement of quantum communication security, e.g. by developing device-independent or un-trusted nodes, or by exposing flaws in current protocols and patching them
  • AI evasion attacks. Analysis of AI models for vulnerability to AI evasion attacks, which exploit edge case input to confuse the AI, and obfuscate the presence of malware, phishing attacks and more

You and your background
Your academic education must be equivalent to a MSc degree (120 ECTS points) to be considered as a PhD student and you must have written or be in the process of writing your thesis in one of the above mentioned topics or topics closely related to these. Furthermore, you must have demonstrated a high academic standard in order to be accepted as a PhD student at a Danish university.

Additionally, you must be able to recognise yourself in the following:

  • You are interested in technology and have a good all-round understanding and insight of systems
  • You can work independently and outreaching, as well as make use of your knowledge in contexts that are non-academic
  • You have good interpersonal skills, also when it comes to colleagues with a different academic background than your own
  • You are good at working alone as well as in teams and you know that different perspectives and constructive feedback can help improve your work
  • You see the big picture and work structured and respect deadlines
  • You have good communication skills, both written and oral
  • You can speak and write English and Danish fluently, however, Danish is not a requirement but an advantage
  • You actively contribute to a good working environment where we enjoy working together

About DDIS and CFCS
The Danish Defence Intelligence Service (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste (DDIS)) is both Denmark’s foreign and military intelligence agency, the Danish military’s security agency and the national IT security authority, that ensures a strong cyber defence.

DDIS works to protect Denmark and the Danish democracy. We gain our knowledge through focused intelligence work and use it to assess combat and counsel current and future threats. We do this by obtaining and analysing information about situations in foreign countries that are relevant to Denmark and Danish interests.

We value the strength of our diversity with profound professional competencies, and we are a unique operational orientated knowledge organisation with many different tasks, but common to them all is the knowledge our intelligence work creates.

DDIS’s Centre for Cyber Security constitute Denmark’s national defence against cyber threats and we work for a digitally safe Denmark. We take part in discovering and handling cases where Danish interestare exposed to cyber-attacks and we gather, develop and share knowledge, which can prevent future attacks.

Your salary package depends on your qualifications
Salary and terms of employment follows the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the relevant professional organization, depending on your educational background. Additionally, it will be possible to negotiate a pay supplement according to qualifications. The average working hours is 37 hours per week including a paid lunch break. The position includes a pension scheme paid by DDIS. As an employee in DDIS, you are subject to some specific conditions. It is a requirement that you can get a security clearance and can maintain the clearance throughout your employment.

How to apply
Your application must contain the following

  • A cover letter including a short description of the PhD topic and reference to the supervisor project submitted in the main PhD call
  • One pdf file containing all of the following, to be taken into consideration:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • A short description of earlier teaching and research experience, including a list of publications
    • Diplomas from Bsc. and Msc, or prior approval letter
    • Grade transcript from Bsc. and Msc.
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system, if your grade transcripts are not from a Danish university

Final deadline for receiving your application is 8 January 2023. We urge all that may be interested, irrespective of personal backgrounds, to apply for the position.

If you have any questions regarding the position or want more information, you are welcome to contact the local HR partner at 33 32 55 66, local 2224.

You can find more information about Centre for Cyber security at www.cfcs.dk/en/.

More information about DDIS’s function, DDIS as a place of work and employment details as well as our annual report at www.fe-ddis.dk/.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Lokation: Østbanegade, København Ø

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