[Om-announce] PhD-Student (V32.1765) | Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Nicola Zannone n.zannone at tue.nl
Tue Jun 18 22:08:03 CEST 2013


PhD position at Eindhoven University of Technology

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has a vacancy for a 
PhD student in the group Security (SEC). SEC performs research in two 
areas vital to the security of decentralized and embedded systems: 
security-policy specification & enforcement, and security of embedded 

The vacancy is within the Privacy Compliance and Enforcement (PriCE) 


The protection of electronic data which are increasingly generated and 
used in our society (e.g., electronic health records, financial data, 
demographic data used in eGoverment) is a serious and urgent issue 
nowadays. The EU data protection legislation imposes very stringent 
requirements on the collection, processing and disclosure of personal 
data, and empowers users to control the access/usage of their data. 
Furthermore, IT systems operate in unpredictable environments, where 
different individuals access data in different capacities. In contrast, 
current security mechanisms are very rigid. The basic notion of 
enforcement relies on the idea that infringements (i.e., deviations from 
policies/procedures) are violations and as such should not be permitted.
This project aims to develop the foundations of a novel approach that 
allows users to control their data and enables organizations to comply 
with users’ policies and legal requirements. The PhD student in the SEC 
group will work on: (i) a user-centric system in which users can specify 
the policies that regulate the access/usage of their data and in which 
they are aware of the consequences and risks of the specified policies 
in terms of security, privacy and accountability; and (ii) cryptographic 
protocols that keep data persistently encrypted, while still ensuring 
data availability.


      -  carry out research within the project, in cooperation with the
         other parties involved;
      -  report on the results in papers and conference contributions;
      -  finishing a PhD thesis after four years;
      -  a small contribution to the teaching activities of the Security
         group may be asked.


      We are looking for a candidate who meets the following

      -  an MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics or closely related
         field with above average results;
      -  a research oriented attitude;
      -  interest in computer security and formal methods;
      -  good communicative skills in English, both written and oral.


      We offer:

      -  a full-time temporary appointment for a period of 4 years;
      -  a gross monthly salary of Eur 2.000 during the first year up to
         Eur 2.558 during the fourth year of the appointment;
      -  a broad package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical
         infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent
         sports facilities);


      More information can be obtained from:

     -  regarding the project content:
        dr. Jerry den Hartog, phone: +31 40 2472800,
        email: j.d.hartog at TUE.nl
        dr. Nicola Zannone, phone: +31 40 2472646,
        email: n.zannone at tue.nl
     -  regarding your application: mrs P.J. Evers BC, personnel
        officer, phone +31 40 2472321, e-mail: pzwin at tue.nl


     The application should consist of the following parts:

     -  a motivation letter;
     -  a Curriculum Vitae;
     -  copies of your diplomas together with the list of grades, and
        other relevant certificates;
     -  names and addresses of two referees;
     -  proof of English language skills (if applicable).

     Applications should be submitted via this link:


     Please include the job vacancy code: V32.1765.

     You can apply for this job before 31st August 2013.


Nicola Zannone
Security Group
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Eindhoven University of Technology
Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven
Phone: +31 (0)40 2472646
Fax: +31 (0)40 2434685

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