Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evolutionary Automated Security Testing

Deadline: 31.03.2023

Kristiania University College

Kristiania University College offers study programs in management, organization, marketing, communication, computer science, information technology, health sciences, innovation and creative arts. Kristiania University College is Norway's largest independent comprehensive university college with its 18,000 students and a large education offering in Oslo, Bergen and online. Our mission is to strongly contribute to the country's social and economic development through problem-driven and applied knowledge development and dissemination, in close cooperation with society at large.

Kristiania University College is offering one position as Postdoc in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to Software Engineering (SE).The successful candidate will work in the Artificial Intelligence in Software Engineering (AISE) Lab, at School of Economics, Innovation and Technology under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Arcuri.

The School of Economics, Innovation, and Technology delivers research and study programmes at bachelor, master and PhD level. The emphasis for both research and study programmes are on economics, innovation, digitalization and information technology. Information science, information systems and the interaction between technology and human beings are other exciting focus areas.

Project Description:

The position is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), via the ERC Consolidator Grant named: "Using Evolutionary Algorithms to Understand and Secure Web/Enterprise Systems" (EAST).

The primary objective of the EAST project is to provide novel automated solutions to solve the oracle problem in software security. We will achieve this goal by combining ideas and technologies from the different fields of software testing, evolutionary computation and information security.

We will design novel techniques based on Artificial Intelligence to automatically detect several kinds of security vulnerabilities for which there is no existing automated solution. The position requires candidates with a passion for software development. All software developed in the project will be released as open-source and developed under modern industry-standard processes. The results of the project are meant to be used in practice (e.g., among the industrial partners of the project), and not be just throw-away prototypes or proof-of-concepts.

Look at here to have an idea of the systems that will be developed and extended in the EAST project.

The candidates need to have:

  • Strong coding skills
  • Motivation to work as part of an effective international and multidisciplinary team
  • Independence and self-motivation
  • Good communication skills

Ideally, candidates should have knowledge (and interest) in at least one of these topics:

  • cloud computing
  • evolutionary computation
  • fuzzing
  • information security
  • search algorithms
  • search-based software engineering
  • software testing
  • web frontend development
  • web penetration testing

Conditions for Postdoc position:

The position requires a PhD degree in Software Engineering, or related fields such as Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Information Security. Excellent candidates with PhD thesis on different topics will still be considered.

The application must hold:

  • Motivation letter for the position
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • At least two references
  • PhD thesis
  • List of developed/contributed open-source projects (if applicable)

Note for applicants that have not completed yet their PhD studies: postdoc position cannot start before the PhD thesis is submitted. When applying for this postdoc position, need to specify when the thesis is going to be submitted, and when the viva is expected to be carried out.

We offer:

  • The postdoctoral period is 3 years, and is fully funded, including travel costs (e.g., to conferences).
  • High salary compared to international standards. Salary range is 550 000 - 650 000 NOK per year.
  • Working place is Department of Technology, Kristiania University College. The School is located in downtown Oslo, with numerous amenities, recreational spaces, and urban fun right next door.
  • Free equipment (laptop, mobile phone and mobile subscription)
  • NOK 50.000 per year for travels to conferences and other operational costs
  • Welfare benefits (Health insurance, travel insurance and pension plan covered)

Kristiania University College welcomes and encourages applications from diverse backgrounds. Women and persons with minority background are particularly encouraged to apply. Working language is English. Norwegian language is not required.

Application deadline 31st of March.

Applications will be screened continuously until the positions have been filled.

Starting date is flexible during 2023, but preferably not later than October.


Further enquiries regarding the position should be addressed to Prof. Andrea Arcuri (andrea.arcuri@kristiania.no).

Note that applications should be submitted through the online submission system via the URLs mentioned above.

Only applications received through our application portal will be considered.


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