Researcher in Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Jun 2024

25 May 2024
Job Information

Research Field

Computer science
Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)

Application Deadline

30 Jun 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

About the Job

The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology has a vacancy for a full-time position as researcher.

The researcher will work on research and development within the context of the EDF-funded project “Federated Advanced Cyber physical Test range (FACT)”. 

There are a number of cyber test ranges available (including in Europe) but the federated approach and advanced cyber physical test range capability are two elements of the FACT project which makes it disruptive and unique. The focus on Operational Technology (OT) is increasing when it comes to military systems, and the cyber physical aspect is thus of greatest importance for the FACT project. Military platforms are not easily transferable to a relevant location for test. However, the federated approach in the FACT project will allow the physical part to be implemented at more than one location, and still make use of the full capability of the partners capabilities during the testing. To ensure that the equipment is used and has a required level of protection, the FACT project will design, prototype and demonstrate a federated cyber physical test capability which can be maintained and become a sustained capability to the European nations after the project. Our approach is fully user-centric, with the end-user’s needs as the starting point for the whole capability and every consideration. Examples of test scenario setups where the federated aspect of FACT is an advantage are numerous: larger partners wanting to cooperate in larger system deliveries, smaller companies cooperating with several partners within their complimentary field of expertise, sharing vulnerabilities and mitigating actions on equipment across partners and nations for shortening time to market.

The position creates an opportunity for more collaboration with other research disciplines such as security management, safety engineering, and policymaking in addition to the focus areas mentioned above.

The position’s working place is NTNU campus in Gjøvik. You will report to the Head of the Department.

Your immediate leader is the Head of the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology.

Duties of the position

The researcher will:

  • Contribute to research and development on:
    • The definition of requirements and specifications for the development of the Federated Cyber Physical Range system.
    • The design and development of the FACT building blocks.
    • The integration of all FACT components into a single interoperable system.
  • Contribute to the development of the communication and dissemination strategy of the FACT project.
  • Contribute to the development of research and education in Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience by leading and supporting new research and innovation. 
  • Work on initiating, organizing, writing proposals for, coordinating, and carrying out national and international R&I projects of high quality, to be funded by national and international sources e.g., the NFR (The Research Council of Norway), and the European Commission. 
  • Coordinate and manage the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISaR) group  teams working on R&I projects in critical infrastructure protection, cyber physical system risk management, and other areas of interest of the group.
  • Participate as an active member in CISaR activities and in activities of the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK), including supervision and co-supervision of MSc and PhD students.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in information security, computer science, or equivalent. If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position.
  • You must be a citizen of an EU or NATO member state.
  • Track record with publications on relevant research areas in credible journals and conferences.
  • Being able to attend and present at national and international forums.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge and technical skills in any of the following areas:
    • cyber ranges
    • defining and verifying requirements and specifications for IT and OT systems
    • designing and developing IT and OT systems
    • verification of distributed systems
    • integrating and testing IT and OT systems
    • developing and operating laboratory facilities for security testing
    • use case and scenario specification for cyber ranges
    • elicitation of system requirements (functional, non-functional, operational etc)
  • Experience with participating in EU and/or nationally funded R&I projects related to cyber security for critical infrastructure and cyber-physical systems.
  • Experience with having developed research project proposals for external funding bodies such as the European Commission, Research Council of Norway, etc.

Personal characteristics

  • Being able to travel frequently.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad range of topics covered by the activities of the CISaR group.
  • Initiative-taking and self-starter who works well with minimal supervision and shows excellent judgement about when to look to managers and teammates for guidance, and when and how to communicate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Team player with a proven track record of building cross-functional relationships and ability to work in an international research team.
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills, both written and verbal persuasiveness and strong influential skills.
  • Eager to learn with a high desire to perform and disseminate high-quality research.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment  with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Researcher (code 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 586 500 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The period of employment is 18 months with the possibility of one year extension.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU

The position is subject to external funding. 

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily. 

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The application must include:

  • CV and certificates.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your Ph.D, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis. If you are close to submitting, or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis.
  • Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items).
  • Research plan focused explicitly on the suitability of the candidate for the position, and the proposed approach for addressing the described work.
  • Name and contact information of three referees

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here.  If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.  

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.  This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.  

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.  

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the positions, please contact Prof. Sokratis Katsikas, email [email protected]  or Associate Prof. Vasileios Gkioulos, email [email protected]  . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Julie Lindland, e-mail [email protected] .  

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 30.06.2024

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Research is vital to the security of our society. We teach and conduct research in cyber security, information security, communications networks and networked services. Our areas of expertise include biometrics, cyber defence, cryptography, digital forensics, security in e-health and welfare technology, intelligent transportation systems and malware. The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering  .

Questions about the position

Sokratis Katsikas
[email protected]

Vasileios Gkioulos
[email protected]

Deadline 30th June 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Teknologiveien 22, 2815 Gjøvik

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