Doctoral student in cyber security, focusing on blockchain and secure access control
Skellefteå, Sverige
Type of Employment Full-time
Job position Doctoral student
Work model On location
Application due date 5 August 2024
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Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students. In the coming years, multi-billion sums will be invested in Norrbotten and Västerbotten in large projects aimed at a more sustainable society nationally as well as globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these highly topical research projects and the social transformation that follows. We have a wide range of training to match the skills that are in demand. We hope you will help us build the sustainable companies and communities of the future. Cybersecurity at the Department of Systems and Space Technology, Luleå University of Technology is now looking for two PhD students to contribute to our growing business. Luleå University of Technology is in an expansive phase and is implementing an initiative to strengthen research and education in cyber security by establishing a new research group in the area. The investment is directly related to the university's successful ICT environment with several strong research groups that offer good opportunities for synergy. We therefore see a focus on research and development of methods to protect various types of systems that are connected to the internet as important. These systems range from small sensors to large-scale control systems for society's energy supply, and the research covers everything from deep research at method level, e.g. algorithm development, to applied research in collaboration with other groups.  Subject description  Cyber ​​security focuses on technical security aspects as well as the protection of systems that are connected to the Internet and includes the protection of software, data and hardware. Project description  In the autumn of 2024, Luleå University of Technology will start several projects in the area of ​​cyber security in collaboration with other universities, small and medium-sized companies, large companies, municipalities, regions and authorities such as the Swedish Pensions Agency, the Swedish Armed Forces and the like. You will work within a newly started team that operates in an extremely current and fast-moving field. Our upcoming projects focus on cyber security linked to IT; OT, IoT and cloud where development and evaluation of technical solutions is a common denominator. Specifically, this recruitment relates to work focusing on blockchain and secure access control. We are looking for two motivated and innovative PhD students to join our research team to develop cutting-edge solutions that integrate the Internet of Things (IoT), digital twins and blockchain technology to improve safety, security and reliability in high-risk industries such as energy, healthcare, transport and manufacturing . You will be involved in a multidisciplinary project focused on creating secure and efficient IoT systems over their entire life cycles focusing on conducting experimental research, developing prototypes, publishing research articles and collaborating with international partners. In addition, Dagen's systems and networks face many challenges, including centralized points of failure, data breaches, insider threats and lack of transparency. Traditional access control systems often rely on centralized servers or databases, making them vulnerable to the failure of a central node and potential hacking attempts. The work aims to meet these challenges by utilizing blockchain technology. We are looking for a highly motivated and innovative PhD student to join our research group and contribute to developing a decentralized, transparent and tamper-proof framework for access control.  Job duties  A doctoral position involves both theoretical and practical work. As a doctoral student, you are trained in scientific work in the form of publishing scientific articles in journals and at national and international conferences. You also study compulsory and voluntary doctoral courses. In addition, you can have the opportunity to try out the teaching role. As a researcher, you work as a neutral party in many contexts, which provides a fantastic opportunity to learn how to run challenging development projects. Qualifications  We are looking for analytical and motivated colleagues who can carry out advanced research both independently and in collaboration with others in our research group. You must have a civil engineering/master's degree in computer technology or equivalent. The applicant must have good knowledge of software development and computer science, as well as good knowledge of oral and written communication in English. Extra skills in mathematics, computer security or cryptosystems are meritorious, but not a requirement. It is also advantageous if you have previous experience in research and publications. For further information on specific doctoral education, see study plans for postgraduate education within the Faculty of Technology  Most of the cybersecurity staff are currently male, so we like to see female applicants. Security testing may take place.  Information  Employment as a doctoral student is time-limited to 4 years, teaching and other institutional service can add up to 20% of full time. Place of employment: Luleå or Skellefteå. Access 1 September 2024 or by agreement. Travel within and outside the country occurs. Security review may be relevant. For further information, please contact: Professor/head of department Kåre Synnes, 0920-49 1507, kare.synnes@ltu.se Professor and subject representative Karl Andersson, 0910-58 5364, karl.andersson@ltu.se Postdoctoral fellow Ahmed Afif Monrat, 0910-58 5372, ahmed.monrat@ltu.se Union representative: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, 0920-49 1529 kjell.johansson@ltu.se  OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se  Application  We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below, where you attach a personal letter as well as a CV/curriculum vitae and copies of verified diplomas. Please mark your application with the reference number below. Both the application and degree certificate must be written in Swedish or English. Application deadline: 5 August 2024 Reference number: 2638-2024