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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evolutionary Automated Security Testing

Deadline: 15.06.2020

Kristiania University College

Kristiania University College (founded 1914) is an educational foundation with campuses in Oslo and Bergen, and online. We are an accredited college with 10,000 students, 600 employees, and currently four academic schools offering more than 100 programmes with studies in leadership, organisation, technology, marketing, communication, health and creative arts. We have had a formidable growth in recent years, and we will continue to expand. Our ambition is to become Norway’s first private independent university.


Department of Technology at School of Economics, Innovation, and Technology has more than 50 years of experience within education and research in information technology. We have bachelor programmes within Data Science and Information Technology, and master programmes in Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction and Applied Computer Science, as well as research in similar areas. We have strong industry relations.


For more information on Kristiania University College, visit http://kristiania.no

Kristiania University College is seeking outstanding candidates for a 3-year, full-time postdoctoral research fellow position, in the field of Evolutionary Automated Security Testing.

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 a PhD degree in Software Engineering, or related fields such as Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Information Security.

Candidates with PhD thesis in one of the following topics are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • software testing
  • test case generation
  • search-based software engineering
  • evolutionary computation
  • search algorithms
  • web/cloud computing
  • information security
  • web penetration testing

Excellent candidates with PhD thesis on different topics will still be considered.The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research of top-quality level, under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Arcuri, and publish in the main conferences and journals in software engineering, information security and evolutionary computation.

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.

The project funding includes the hiring of two postdoctoral fellows. The second position will be announced in 2021.

The postdocs will have the voluntary option of participating in supervising of MSc students / Ph.d. -student and-/or other teaching- related activities according to their competence.

The successful candidate will be expected to start the appointment as soon as possible after the project starting date 1 May, and no later than 31 December 2020.

The contract negotiations with the European Research Council is still in process and the hiring of the postdoctoral fellow is dependent on the completion of the contract.

We offer:

  • Salary for postdoctoral fellow is NOK 530 000-605 000 a year. Higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants
  • Vibrant research community
  • An inspiring, friendly and inclusive working environment
  • Attractive welfare arrangements
  • Working downtown Oslo, Norway

How to apply

  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Complete list of scientific publications
  • Copies of educational certificates and diplomas. Diplomas issued in other languages than Scandinavian or English must be provided in the original language as well as in an English translation.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • A copy of the doctoral dissertation, along with a maximum of 50 pages from other academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered for evaluation.

Application deadline: June 15th 2020.

Applications will be screened continuously until the position has been filled.

Contact person:

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