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PhD Research Fellow in ethical hacking

Deadline: 12.12.2022

About the posiiton

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7500 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


The Department of Informatics (IFI) is one of nine departments belonging to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. IFI is Norway’s largest university department for general education and research in Computer Science and related topics.


The Department has more than 1800 students on bachelor level, 600 master students, and over 240 PhDs and postdocs. The overall staff of the Department is close to 370 employees, about 280 of these in full time positions. The full time tenured academic staff is 75, mostly Full/Associate Professors..

Position as PhD Research Fellow in ethical hacking available at Institute for Informatics.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date as soon as possible.

The research fellowship is a full-time position with a fixed-term period of three (3) years. Candidates who can and want to contribute to teaching and supervision at the department may be offered an additional year of teaching-related compulsory duties in the early stages of the contract period. In this case, the appointment period will be extended to a total of four (4) years, where compulsory duties will be spread out over the full contract period, averaging 25% per year.

Job description

Cyber attacks against computer systems has became everyday event. In order to protect our assets computer systems have to be checked from offensive perspec-tive by mimicking real attackers. The continuous and quick changes in IT sys-tems always result in new threats, new vulnerabilities and new type of attacks.The focus of this position is the research on ethical hacking learning platforms. Ethical hackers carry out realistic attack simulations, but training the ethical hackers requires up-to-date training environments where the white hat attackers can learn different vulnerability exploitation methods, practice and update their knowledge about offensive technologies.

The ideal candidate has experience in ethical hacking, has knowledge and experi-ence in Capture the Flag games and has experience with ethical hacking learning platforms such as Hack The Box or Tryhackme. The candidate should also be able to create Capture the Flag style challenges alone and should have basic knowledge about container technologies such as Docker. The objective of this position is researching, analyzing and developing solutions for offensive security learning platforms. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong background in Computer Security or similar disciplines with experi-ence in penetration testing.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Mandatory qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (120 credits equivalent of the Norwegian Master’s degree program) in Cyber Security
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see here and here.

Personal skills

  • Have a problem-solving attitude
  • Enjoy working in a team-based environment, but also be able to conduct independent activities and thinking
  • Be highly motivated to publish in top academic conferences and journals
  • Be motivated to participate in and organize cyber challenge competitions

We offer

  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per year depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • A highly dynamic and motivated team of international researchers
  • Career development programmes, professional courses and workshops
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • A cover letter - statement of motivation for the position and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic or industrial work experience, scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master's degree diploma, transcrips of records
  • Documentation of English Proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For further information please contact Associate Professor Laszlo Erdodi, e-mail: [email protected]

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Therese Ringvold, e-mail: [email protected]

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