PhD Candidate in Computer Security and Privacy

Radboud University Institute for Computing and Information Sciences


PhD Candidate in Computer Security and Privacy

  • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 3,061
  • Faculty of Science
  • Required background: Research University Degree
  • Duration of the contract: 4 or 5 years
  • Application deadline: 1 July 2021

We are looking for

The institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University is looking for a PhD candidate in the area of computer privacy and security. As a PhD candidate in this area, you will conduct large-scale empirical studies of websites, mobile apps and smart home (IoT) devices with a focus on privacy and security threats. The research focus can be tuned to your interests. Possible directions include large-scale measurement of web tracking and mobile tracking; anonymous communication networks such as Tor; detection and measurement of deceptive and manipulative (dark) design patterns.

You will be supervised by Assistant Professor Gunes Acar to conduct research in the chosen direction, and publish your research at top computer security and privacy conferences. Beyond academia, your research will potentially have a substantial real-world impact by raising the public's understanding of privacy and security threats, informing the design of better countermeasures, and leading to fixes in web standards, browsers or mobile platforms.

You will pursue your PhD in a vibrant international research environment in the Digital Security group at iCIS, with renowned professors and researchers in various aspects of digital security, privacy and cryptography. At iCIS we value a diverse workforce. Female candidates are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

We ask

  • An MSc degree in computer science or any other relevant discipline.
  • Solid programming skills.
  • Good command of spoken and written English.
  • Critical thinking, and good communication skills.

We are

You will be appointed in the Digital Security Group of the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at the Faculty of Science. The faculty is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Digital Security Group is one of the leading groups in computer security in the Netherlands and Europe, with, for example, 4 ERC grants in the last decade and a strong involvement in European projects.

As a PhD candidate in the Netherlands you will have a professional researcher status rather than that of a student. For more details, see the brochure on doing a PhD at Radboud University.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,061 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • Your teaching load may be up to 10% of your appointment.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Gunes Acar, Assistant Professor

Apply directly

Please address your application to Gunes Acar and submit it, using the application button, no later than 1 July 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV, including names and email addresses of two references.
  • A copy of your Master's degree transcript (with course names and grades).
  • A copy of your Master's thesis.
The first round of interviews will take place on 6, 7 and 8 July 2021.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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