Researcher / Scientist in Cyberdefense (DAP/22-13) (M/F/X)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Jun 2024

4 Jun 2024
Job Information

Royal Military Academy

Research Field

Information science
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

21 Jun 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Reference Number

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

In the framework of the study DAP22-13 “Automated red teaming”, we are looking for a full-time scientist/researcher in cyberdefense with a Bachelor or Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity, in Computer Science, or equivalent.

The Royal Military Academy of Belgium (RMA) is a military institution responsible for the basic academic, military and physical training of future officers, and for the continuing advanced training of officers during their active career in the Belgian Defense department ( ). It is fully recognized as a university, fulfilling the same criteria as civilian universities. The Royal Military Academy is also conducting scientific research at university level for projects funded by the Belgian Defense department or external sources.
You will work within the cyberdefense laboratory (CyLab) of the Royal Military Academy. The laboratory staff teaches academic courses at the Royal Military Academy and in the inter-university Master in Cybersecurity. The lab also organizes short workshops. The courses and workshops cover the following subjects:

  • Networks and network security;
  • Distributed information systems;
  • Information security;
  • Forensics and malware reverse engineering;
  • Management of cybersecurity.

The research interests of the cybersecurity laboratory currently focus on:

  • Detection of Advanced Persistent Threats (APT’s);
  • Detection of cyber-attacks using machine learning and AI;
  • Cyber training systems and cyber ranges;
  • Prevention of phishing.

What we offer:

  • Working in a young and dynamic team, where autonomy and taking initiatives is encouraged.
  • The possibility to work on exciting projects related to cybersecurity, with concrete applications.
  • Working with high-end equipment (laptop, screens, servers…).
  • The possibility of obtaining a Master in Cybersecurity.

For this project, we plan to study and implement an automated red teaming capacity for cyber range based trainings. To that aim, the project will address the following requirements:

  • a language for describing attack scenarios,
  • a planner to generate attack scenarios,
  • an orchestrator to carry out the planned attack.

Main Tasks

  • Study and analyse existing languages for defining topologies, configurations, and attacks in order to propose and implement a scenario description language suitable for cyber range based trainings;
  • Analyse the state of the art on AI-based planning, compare available algorithms and implementations, in order to design and implement an appropriate planner for attacks in the context of cyber range based trainings;
  • Identify and compare orchestration approaches, select and implement an appropriate one for the specific requirements proper to the context of cyber range based trainings;
  • Disseminate the work and findings through reports, publications and conferences.

Research Field
Information science
Education Level
Bachelor Degree or equivalent


Required skills

Technical skills
The applicant shall have a Bachelor or a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, in Computer Science, or equivalent.

  • Training or experience in Linux and classical development environments (command line, git, ssh etc.) is required;
  • Training or experience in Java or Python programming language is highly recommended;
  • Training or experience in cyber security is an added value.

Personal skills

  • You can develop software autonomously.
  • You don’t settle for sub-standard solutions and always try to achieve a high level of quality.
  • You can conduct scientific research at a university level by searching existing literature, analyzing existing solutions in a critical way and proposing new ideas.
  • You can communicate your results in a clear, concise, and precise manner.
  • You are involved and focused on results.
  • You can work in a team and focus on the objectives of the team.
  • You take initiatives to improve the functioning of the team.
  • You take initiatives to improve your own skills.
  • You are honest, loyal toward the institution and respect confidentiality.
  • You can integrate yourself in a multidisciplinary research unit.

Other skills

  • The applicant shall have good knowledge of English (oral / written).
  • Minimum knowledge of French or Dutch is recommended (collaboration with peers).


    Specific Requirements

    Specific requirement

    • The researcher may be exposed to classified information and will therefore have to obtain the required security clearance. The candidate must consent with the background check required to obtain this clearance, which will be executed by Belgian Defense.
    • Working for the Patrimony requires living in Belgium for the duration of the study.




    Research Field
    Information science
    Years of Research Experience
    1 - 4

    Internal Application form(s) needed
    20240604_Job description_DAP22-13_ENG.pdf
    (251.76 KB - PDF)
    Additional Information


    • Probable date of recruitment: ASAP, in consultation with the applicant.
    • Status: Full-time employment based on an open-ended contract with the Patrimony of the Royal Military Academy (you will not be a civil servant).
    • Wage scale: class B1 (Bachelor degree), A1 (holder of a Master's degree in Science or equivalent), or A2 (holder of an Ir degree, or a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, in Computer Science, or equivalent). RMA-Patrimony applies a merit-based research career track, allowing researchers to advance in wage scale based upon annual evaluations.
    • Holiday pay.

    Extra-legal benefits

    • Possibility to benefit from a bilingualism allowance (Dutch/French) following a SELOR test;
    • End-of-year bonus;
    • Free DKV hospitalization insurance. Possibility of additional affiliation for one or more persons living under the same roof: spouse, child(ren) (50% of the price per additional member);
    • Bike allowance / Free public transport (home-work commute);
    • Meal vouchers (6€ / day);
    • Free access to campus sports facilities outside working hours;
    • On-campus restaurant and cafeteria with democratic prices (discount on the daily menu);
    • Flexible working hours within the 38-hour week;
    • Teleworking possible with allowance ;
    • Holidays o 29 days holiday / year from the 1st year of contract (then from 45 years: +1 day holiday every 5 years) o + 1 week OFF every year between Christmas and New year’s Eve (independent of the annual balance of holidays).
    • Advantages and interesting offers thanks to the Benefits@work card (discounts, vouchers...);
    • Entitlement to services offered by the ‘Office Central d'Action Sociale et Culturelle de la Défense’ (OCASC): among others holiday centres, discount on travel organised by the tour operator...;
    • Possibility of benefiting from the nursery funded by Belgian Defence (subject to availability).

    Selection process

    You will be working in a military environment. That is why everyone is expected to undergo a security verification. Please add to your application the filled out document. The form can be downloaded from:
    Send by email:

    • a motivational letter;
    • a CV
    • a scan of your ID card (both sides) or international passport;
    • the filled out security document

    to Mrs Arbia RIAHI ([email protected] ) and to Mrs Helena BRUYNINCKX ([email protected] )..
    Please mention clearly the reference of the project: “DAP22-13”.
    Application deadline: 21st of June 2024.
    The interviews will take place at the Royal Military Academy, Hobbemastraat 8, 1000 Brussels. If needed, on-line interviews can be organized. The date and time of the interview will be communicated to the preselected candidates.

    Additional comments


    • Royal Military Academy, Avenue de la Renaissance 30, 1000 Brussels;
    • Occasional travels abroad for scientific conferences, etc.

    Points of contact

    • Concerning the research project: to Mrs Arbia RIAHI ([email protected] )
    • Concerning the recruitment modalities: Mrs Helena Bruyninckx ([email protected] )
    • For more information about the Royal Military Academy, see Homepage | RMA

    Website for additional job details

    Work Location(s)
    Number of offers available
    Royal Military Academy - Patrimony
    Postal Code
    Hobbemastraat 8

    Where to apply

    [email protected]




    Hobbemastraat 8
    Postal Code


    [email protected]



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