Up to 3 PhD positions on Software Security
Sort on published: 2019-02-15
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The Department of Information Technology has a leading position in research and education. TheDepartment currently has about 280 employees, including 120 teachers and 110 PhD students. More than 4000 students study one or more courses at the department each year. More info: http://www.it.uu.se
The topic for the PhD positions is to develop techniques for software security, in particular for detecting and removing security vulnerabilities in software. Since vulnerabilities in such software can lead to huge damages when exploited (e.g., through XSS attacks to obtain confidential information, or by taking over vulnerable IoT devices to form botnets), it is important that software components are bug-free and correctly implement security services.
Techniques that the positions will focus on include testing using fuzzing, taint analysis, model learning, program analysis, verification, symbolic execution supported by constraint solving and SMT. Among the goals is to significantly extend the power and scalability of such techniques to real-world code bases; one foreseen application is to to analyize the widely-used Contiki OS for IoT, implementations of widely used security protocols, such as TLS and DTLS.
The positions are funded by recent five-year grants from SSF (the Foundation for Strategic Research, see https://assist-project.github.io) that bring together several research groups at Uppsala University (Bengt Jonsson, Parosh Abdulla, Mohammed Faouzi Atig, Philipp Ruemmer, Kostis Sagonas, Wang Yi) that are world-renowned in the fields of automated verification, programming language implementation, and testing. Past contributions include the UPPAAL model checker, high-impact techniques and tools for testing and verification of multithreaded software, including Concuerror and Nidhugg, and the native-code compiler and several tools for the Erlang programming language. Members received the CAV (Computer-Aided Verification) Award, the most prestigious academic award in the area, both in 2013 (Wang Yi) and in 2017 (Parosh Abdulla and Bengt Jonsson). The work is performed in collaboration with partners at RISE SICS (Luca Mottola, Thiemo Voigt) that contribute to developing the ContikiOS, and the SICS Security lab (Shahid Raza).
The candidate should have a Master of Science in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent, in a field which is relevant for the work. We expect the candidate to be fluent in verbal and written English.
It is helpful to have a good background in some of the fields of testing, security, program analysis, compiler techniques, model checking, formal verification, software engineering, and similar, as well as to be proficient in implementing non-trivial algorithms.
The position is for a maximum of five years and includes departmental duties at a level of at most 20% (typically teaching) as well as taking graduate courses. The candidate will be expected to teach in English or Swedish.
The application should include a statement of purpose, motivating preferred research directions. The application should further include a description of past experience, a CV, copies of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of Master thesis (or a draft thereof), relevant publications, and other relevant documents. The candidates should indicate the earliest feasible starting date of employment and are encouraged to provide letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons.
Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/search/?hits=30&languageId=1&search-language_en=English
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: As agreed upon, temporary position.
Type of position: Full time position.
For further information about the position please contact
Please submit your application by 15 March 2019, UFV-PA 2019/569.
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Placement: Department of Information Technology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/569
Last application date: 2019-03-15
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