Doctoral Research Fellowships in Evolutionary Automated Security Testing

Deadline: 31.12.2022

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.

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.The PhD programme in Applied Information Technology is offered from autumn 2022.

The PhD in Applied Information Technology at the School of Economics, Innovation and Technology (SEIT) is at the forefront of research on the business and organizational implications of digital technology, evolving applied computer science and of the understanding and design of new user interaction paradigms through information systems research and human-computer interaction studies.

PhD Fellowships in Evolutionary Automated Security Testing

Kristiania University College is offering 3 fully funded PhD fellowship for candidates with a solid background in Applied Information Technology. The successful applicants will be included in a team of researchers with ambitious plans to further develop research and pedagogical activities related to the information technology field at the university college.

We seek candidates with a good academic understanding in computer science, software engineering or other relevant fields.

The positions are part of the European Research Council (ERC) funded 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 "https://github.com/EMResearch/EvoMaster" to have an idea of the systems that will be developed and extended in the EAST project.

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.

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 in English

Confirmed admission to the PhD in Applied Information Technology programme must be available at the latest three months after signing the employment contract. To be accepted for this program, it is required with a relevant 180 ECTS bachelor’s degree, and a relevant 120 ECTS master’s degree (or integrated bachelor and master) with minimum 30 ECTS master thesis, and with grade similar to the Norwegian/European grade B or higher in average and for the master thesis.

The application must hold:

  • Motivation letter for the position
  • Approved Diplomas and Transcripts (in Scandinavian or English language)
  • CV
  • At least two references
  • Master thesis
  • List of publications and academic work (if applicable)
  • List of developed/contributed open-source projects (if applicable)

If some documents are missing when applying (e.g., it can take some time to obtain official copies), this has to be listed and explained in detail in the cover/motivation letter. Outstanding candidates might be interviewed while waiting to collect all needed formal documentation, but no job offer can be made until all documentation is submitted.

Full requirements are listed here.

The starting salary is 492,000 NOK a year.The PhD research fellowship period is 3 years and the (latest) starting date is 1. May 2023.Working place is School of Economics, Innovation, and Technology. The School is located in downtown Oslo, with numerous amenities, recreational spaces, and urban fun right next door.Kristiania University College welcomes and encourages applications from diverse backgrounds. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.Contact person:Andrea Arcuri, andrea.arcuri@kristiania.no

Only applications received through our application portal will be considered.

Application deadline: December 31st 2022.

We use Semac background checks in our recruitment process.



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