Ruhr-Uni-Bochum
Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

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CASA Jump-Start Program for Postdocs

 

Description

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities in Germany. As a reform-oriented campus university, it uniquely combines the entire range of the major scientific disciplines in one place. The dynamic coexistence of disciplines offers researchers and students alike special opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation.

The Cluster of Excellence, "CASA - Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries" at Ruhr-University Bochum offers postdoctoral positions within our “CASA Jump-Start Program for Postdocs”.

About CASA

CASA conducts research on sustainable computer security against powerful, large-scale attackers, in particular nation-states. The Cluster is funded within the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder. The funding of 30 million euros allows us to lend excellent support to the needs and ambitions of upcoming scientists.

Research at CASA, which is based at the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security, follows a strongly interdisciplinary approach. In addition to technical questions, it also investigates the interaction of human behavior and IT security. At CASA, researchers from the fields of computer science, cryptography, electrical engineering, mathematics, and psychology work together in a unique constellation in Europe. This holistic approach is unparalleled and holds the potential for scientific breakthroughs. 

CASA Jump-Start Program for Postdocs 

As part of our Postdoc Jump-Start Program, we are permanently looking for excellent postdoctoral candidates with an outstanding track record in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and psychology (preferably with a relationship to technology) or related disciplines. The position will enable you to work on your own research agenda.

Postdoctoral positions are limited to two years. The salary will be according to the remuneration group E 14 TV-L (full time). Since the funding is provided by external third-party sources, postdoctoral researchers are generally not obliged to take on teaching duties.

What we offer

CASA offers a friendly working atmosphere in a young and internationally highly respected research institution:

  • Excellent research environment with award-winning scientists,

  • Programs designed to support parents,

  • Support measures for women in IT security,

  • Excellent support for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers,

  • Opportunities for academic and professional development,

  • Budget for courses, conferences, equipment and international exchange,

  • Open team culture.

Research environment

Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities in Germany. Some 20 years ago, the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI) was founded here. It is now one of Europe's most prestigious institutions for basic computer security research. The HGI maintains extensive networks with leading research institutions worldwide and with media and industry. Moreover, it has produced numerous successful security startups. The pioneering work of the HGI forms the basis for the Cluster of Excellence CASA.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in a postdoctoral position within CASA, please contact one of the CASA PIs first to discuss the prospects of collaboration and supervision within the Jump-Start Program: https://casa.rub.de/en/about/team.

If you reach a preliminary agreement with one of the CASA PIs about terms and eventual topics of a prospective collaboration, please submit via career@casa.de (all documents obligatory):

- A scientific proposal for your research project in CASA (max. 3 pages; the template will be handed out beforehand through the CASA Management Office),

- Letter of motivation,

- Name at least two persons (supervisors, other researchers) as references (names and email addresses),

- Curriculum vitae,

- Master's certificate,

- Doctoral certificate.

Please contact the CASA Management Office at career@casa.de regarding travel expenses.

At Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, we seek to promote women's careers, particularly in those areas in which they are underrepresented, and we are therefore particularly pleased to receive applications from female candidates. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.

Candidate Profile

An excellent doctoral degree in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, psychology (preferably with a relationship to technology), or related disciplines is mandatory. Fluent spoken and written English is also required. Besides, applicants should already have published relevant papers at the leading conferences in cryptography and computer security as listed e.g., at http://csrankings.org/ 

Important Information

 

Type of Employment
full-time

 

Contact
Herr Patrick Schulte

 

Location
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
Germany

 

Telephone
+49 2343227722

 

E-Mail
career@casa.rub.de

 

Institute
Cluster of Excellence CASA / RD Horst Görtz Institute

 

Period of Employment
Postdoctoral positions are limited to two years.

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

We are looking for excellent M.Sc. graduates (m/f/d) with outstanding grades and degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics and psychology (preferably with a relationship to technology) or related disciplines. In addition, we are looking for outstanding postdoctoral candidates (m/f/d) from these fields.

Moreover, we will fill two full professorships and four junior professorships for CASA until 2021.

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Positions (m/f/d) 39,83 h/w, 2/3 years

 

Job Description

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities in Germany. As a reform-oriented campus university, it uniquely combines the entire range of the major scientific disciplines in one place. The dynamic coexistence of disciplinces offers researchers and students alike special opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation.
From 2019 on, the DFG (German Research Foundation) establishes the Cluster of Excellence 2092 "CASA - Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries" at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. With the support of approximately 30 million euros over the funding period 2019 - 2025, Bochum will become one of the leading international locations for IT security. The CASA cluster pursues the goal of enabling sustainable security against large-scale adversaries, in particular nation-state attackers. The research is characterized by a strongly interdisciplinary approach which, in addition to technical questions, also investigates the interaction of human behavior and IT security. In CASA, researchers from the fields of computer science, cryptography, electrical engineering, mathematics and psychology work together in a constellation that is unique in Europe. This holistic approach of CASA is unparalleled and holds the potential for scientific breakthroughs.

CASA is based at the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security. It is regarded as one of the top research institutions, is home to Europe's largest IT security training programs, maintains extensive networks with the scientific communication and industry, and has produced numerous successful cyber security start-ups. In addition, the Max Planck Society will establish the "Max Planck Institute for Cyber Security and Privacy " in the immediate vicinity of the cluster, which will have a particularly stimulating effect on research in CASA. This outstanding environment offers excellent working conditions in an extremely topical and exciting field. In addition, CASA offers a friendly working atmosphere in a young and internationally highly respected research institution.

We are permanently looking for excellent M.Sc. graduates with outstanding grades and degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics and psychology (preferably with a relationship to technology) or related disciplines. In addition, we are looking for outstanding postdoctoral candidates from these fields.

We offer three-year positions for M.Sc. graduates. The expectation is to work towards a doctorate. Postdoctoral positions are limited to two years. The salary will be according to the remuneration group E 13 TV-L (full time).
The load of teaching will be calculated according to §3 of Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

Are you interested?
Please send your complete application documents in one single pdf file (max. 10 MB) by December 31, 2020 to: career@casa.rub.de.

Required documents are:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Mention at least 2 persons (supervisors, other researchers) as references (names and email addresses),
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Master's certificate,
  • Doctoral certificate, if applicable

Travel expenses for interviews will not be reimbursed.
At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, we seek to promote the careers of women particularly in those areas in which they are underrepresented, and we are therefore particularly pleased to receive applications from female candidates. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.

Job Specification

An above-average degree (Master's degree or doctorate, if applicable) in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, psychology (preferably with a relationship to technology) or related disciplines is mandatory for the application. Fluent spoken and written English is also required. In addition, applicants should have at least a basic knowledge of one or more of the research areas relevant to CASA: Cryptography, system security, embedded and hardware security, and usability. Moreover, postdoctoral students should already have published relevant papers at the leading conferences on cryptography and IT security.

Contact

 

Dr. Patrick Schulte
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum, Germany


Phone (+49) (0) 234 3227722
Mail career@casa.rub.de

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