Doctoral Student, Applied Cybersecurity Research

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 16 Aug 2021

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Position description

A doctoral student position with an initial 3-year appointment is available under the supervision of Dr. Panos Kostakos in the Center for Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP, ) in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The successful applicant will conduct innovative research on various aspects related to applied cybersecurity, including but not limited to:

  • Threat hunting,
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP),
  • Data mining and fusion using Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) from the dark web,
  • Machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) methods for cybersecurity,
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM),
  • AI-driven Threat Intelligence Platforms (TIPs),
  • SOC-as-a-service,
  • Novel data visualizations and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for SOCs,
  • Cybersecurity Standardisation.

The position is funded by research grants from the H2020 Program of the European Commission. The selected applicant will work on research tasks in different projects such as IDUNN (Cognitive Detection System for Cybersecure Operational Technologies) and NESTOR (Enhanced Pre-frontier Intelligence Picture to Safeguard the European Borders). The position is filled as of September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the initial 3-year contract.

Required qualifications and assessment

The successful applicant must hold a MSc degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Big Data Analytics, or a related discipline. We expect high motivation, interest in conducting high quality research, commitment to achieve predefined goals, and adherence to supervision and guidance.

Fluency in both written and spoken English is required, as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills.

Applicants whose MSc thesis has been submitted for review by August 16, 2021, are eligible to apply. 

Salary and benefits

The salary will be based on job requirement level 2 of the salary chart of teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). In practice, the salary of a new doctoral student will be roughly 2535 € / month before taxes. The employees will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finland is known as a country with a high quality of life and good healthcare system.

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Application procedure

Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by August 16, 2021 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). Applications sent by email will not be considered. The following documents must be attached to the application as PDF files and written in English:

1) Cover letter describing prior background, research interests, motivation for applying to the position, and career plans (maximum 2 pages).

2) Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity ( ).

3) Scanned copies of degree certificates and course transcripts.

4) Master’s thesis as a PDF document or as a link to an online version (preferred).

5) Contact information of two persons, who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.

For further information on the position and application procedure contact via email:

Dr. Panos Kostakos,  

Center for Ubiquitous Computing

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

University of Oulu

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