PhD Research Fellow in Cybersecurity for 5G critical communications

Deadline: 08.08.2021

University of South-Eastern Norway

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The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a temporary position as PhD Research Fellow in Cybersecurity for 5G critical communications

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a temporary 100 % position as PhD Research Fellow in Cybersecurity for 5G critical communications from September 2021.

The position is located at the Department of Microsystems (IMS) and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is campus Vestfold, Horten.

The appointment is for a term of four years with 25% teaching obligations or the employment period will be three years of full time with no teaching obligations. This is negotiable and needs to decided before entering the job.

About the PhD-project

The PhD project is part of the Raksha research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The aim of Raksha is to improve security for critical communications provided by 5G systems. The PhD project will focus on technologies for Cyber Security in general, with specific focus on security for 5G Core Networks. The research project will typically involve theoretical modelling, development of prototype software tools, analysis and experimentation, writing of scientific publications, as well as some project management.



  • Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) equivalent higher education qualifications in Cybersecurity/Digital security.
  • Applicants with a Master's degree in Informatics, ICT, Cryptofraphy or similar, with a strong focus on security, may also apply. These applicants should carefully explain the relevance of their degree for the position in their cover letter.
  • Applicants who are currently pursuing their masters degree have until 15. august 2021 to complete the final exam.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and take part in team work. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasised.

The candidate must have good programming skills, be knowledgeable about virtualization technologies and have an in-depth understanding of web-technologies. Extensive knowledge of cybersecurity/digital security is expected.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems within three months of accession in the position. For admission to the Programme the weighted average grade is B or higher is usually required.

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives.

Note: Only candidates with confirmed citizenship from EU, NATO and "Five Eyes" countries are eligible to apply for this position. The reason for this is that cyber security research may involve collaboration with defense and national security organizations where a security clearance may be needed.

We offer

  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 482 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post. Please note that approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition. The Department has few women appointed in scientific positions, and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

We encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees w

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (120 ECTS)
  • Other relevant certificates (if applicable, must be specified)
  • A cover letter/motivation letter
  • Documentation of english proficiency
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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