Doctoral candidate position in the area of Cyber Security, Trust and Privacy

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Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11,000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

The Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet), School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University ( ) is a multi-disciplinary unit of research and higher education covering communications and networking technology, networking business, and human aspects of communications. Cyber security is one of the focus areas under the first. In its areas, Comnet is the largest unit in Finland. It has successfully performed a number of national and international research projects. In the focus area of cyber security, Comnet studies trust, security and privacy solutions for 5G, IoT, social networking, and cloud/edge computing, etc.

We are now looking for a talented and highly motivated

Doctoral Candidate in Cyber Security, Trust and Privacy

In this position, you will conduct research and doctoral studies in the area of Cyber Security, Trust and Privacy in an independent way with supervision. Alternatively, your research topic may be focused on machine learning, cloud and edge computing, network security protocols, trusted computing, privacy preservation, data analytics, positioning system. You will be working in an international and cross-disciplinary team lead by Dr. Zheng Yan. You are expected to achieve your PhD degree within approximately 4 years by gaining a sufficient number of course credits based on the requirements of Aalto University, and publishing a number of publications in reputable forums. You will also have an opportunity to gain some experience in teaching and mentoring, as well as assisting in team routine work such as project applications and academic services. You are expected to be highly motivated in pursuing your academic degree and preparing your future career.


You have a master’s degree (or equivalence) in electrical engineering, computer science, or in a related study with excellent results. You may have recently completed you M.Sc, or you have already gained some work experience in telecommunications industry. You have good programming skills, preferable in multiple languages. You are capable of rigorous thinking and to work independently. You communicate fluently in English, both orally and in writing. Previous publications and a strong background in security, privacy and trust, as well as mathematics, particularly machine learning, trusted computing techniques, network security protocol design, and cryptography are appreciated.

In this position you are expected to apply the study right for doctoral studies in Aalto University. Please check the student information and application criteria . In particular, please pay attention to mandatory skill level in English.

Research group

The cyber trust research team has in depth knowledge and expertise in security, trust and privacy, as well as data analytics and has wide cooperation with other famous research teams all over the world, e.g., US, Singapore, Canada, China, etc. We have researched information security, trust management, trusted computing and privacy preservation in the field of 5G, cloud computing, Internet of Things, social networking and mobile application already for more than 20 years with outstanding outcomes and we have a strong network of collaborators and funding. The group has two professors (Raimo Kantola and Zheng Yan), 2 senior researchers and about 15 doctoral candidates and a number of research assistants working with world class research facilities.Researchers of the unit have received several awards in highly recognized international conferences, IEEE, and European Union, and we publish 30-40 papers in reputable forums annually.

Salary and contract terms

The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2500 €/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Preferable starting time is early 2020, or according to agreement.

More information

If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Dr. Zheng Yan, In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi,

Ready to apply?

Please submit your application through our recruiting system using "Apply now!" link below. Please include the following documents in English:

  • Application letter
  • A 3-page research proposal in English about 5G security and privacy or related topics
  • CV
  • Transcripts of studies
  • Recommendation letter(s) from at least 2 previous supervisors or employers
  • Proof of English proficiency

Application period closes Jan 15, 2020 but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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