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PhD position on the optical and layer-2 network vulnerability and security

Deadline: 10.11.2019

A PhD position on the optical and layer-2 network vulnerability and security

We are looking for a PhD candidate for complementing our team of researchers and engineers. The candidate will be part of an international team of experienced researchers and address the vulnerability of the physical optical infrastructure, MPLS and IP infrastructure studying methods for detection of malicious network activity and attacks. This PhD studentship is for three years and is part of a nationally funded project called GAIA that aims to map vulnerabilities in the Internet, cyber-physical location of Internet infrastructures, digital value chains for critical services and their impact on the cyber safety and digital vulnerability of various nations.

The PhD project will focus on methods for detection of malicious activity like e.g. rerouting of packet traffic or optical signals, eavesdropping, and attacks by insertion of malicious packet traffic or injection of alien light. This research will involve a tight collaboration between SimulaMet, the Technical University of Berlin, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and several Norwegian network operators.

About GAIA

An online service today is no longer a single unit that is hosted at one particular location. In fact, such a service has become a collection of micro-services that are hosted at diverse geographic locations that may be under different jurisdictions. A closer look reveals that services which mostnations rely on are not contained within the respective national borders. Examples include services such as Facebook, Google, Whatsapp, PayPal and various App Stores and many services of national importance such as banking, health and telecommunications. Consequently, an increasing number of states are invoking the need for national autonomy to impose tighter controls on service placement and Internet connectivity. While these fears could be warranted for technical and political reasons, a premature push in this direction may undermine the very fabric of openness and trust that binds the Internet together. GAIA aims to cover an important knowledge in this respect through studying methods for detection of malicious activity, the lack of maps that describe the geographic distribution of online services, how Internet traffic travels between different countries and the interplay between geopolitics and Internet connectivity. It will achieve that through an interdisciplinary effort that combines technological and political aspects of the problem. To this end, the project consortium comprises a unique set of stakeholders, including computer scientists, social and political scientists, regulatory bodies and network operators. The envisioned results of GAIA will contribute to improve our understanding of the complex interplay between digital vulnerabilities and national autonomy, which will be of relevance to policy makers, technologists and end users.

Research Environment

Simula Metropolitan is a new research unit that is jointly owned by Simula Research Laboratory and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), formerly Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA). It is the home of Simula’s research activities on networks and communications, machine learning and IT management, and it is OsloMet’s strategic partner in research, PhD and MSc. education in digital engineering. Simula Metropolitan is organized as a limited company and is part of the Simula lab.

SimulaMet Offers

  • A highly dynamic and motivated team of international researchers and engineers.
  • A well-established collaboration with applied research teams and companies.
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment.
  • Professional courses and workshops in scientific and transferable skills.
  • Good office facilities located in the Oslo downtown.
  • Support with administrative matters, accommodation, and visas
  • A competitive salary.

General requirements

  • Masters of science in telecommunication, physics, computer science, electrical engineering or a similar subject area
  • An average GPA of at least C in Bachelor and at least B for Masters
  • Fluency in English both written and spoken

Position requirements

  • Good understanding of Ethernet and MPLS networks
  • Good understanding of Ethernet and MPLS network measurement and testing
  • Familiarity with machine learning is a major advantage
  • Familiarity with fibre optical networks
  • Familiarity with optical network experimental methods
  • Familiarity with basic IP networking and OTN.
  • Familiarity in R, Python and C/C++ is a plus
  • Familiarity with Linux systems is a plus

Subjects to be addressed

  • Delay measurements as a method for detection of malicious activity
  • End-to-end based nanosecond accuracy delay measurement methods
  • Delay changes in end-to-end path and infrastructure
  • Detection of delay changes in the physical path and optically switched networks
  • Detection of delay changes in layer-2 switched paths.
  • Tampnet (https://www.tampnet.com/) is a cooperation partner that will support experimental activities.

Application deadline

Application deadline is 10. November 2019.

We will be evaluating the candidates on a rolling basis and fill the position as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

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