Postdoctoral Researcher Position in the area of Cyber Security, Trust and Privacy

Updated: almost 2 years ago
Deadline: 15 Feb 2020

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

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cyber Security, Trust and Privacy

In this position, you will be working in an international and cross-disciplinary team lead by Dr. Zheng Yan. You are requested to conduct research in the field of cyber security, trust and privacy and to publish a number of publications in reputable forums. 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 also spend your efforts in teaching and mentoring, assisting team routine work, project management, project applications, as well as doing academic services (e.g., IEEE conference organization). You are expected to be highly motivated in pursuing your academic career development.


You have a PhD degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or in a related discipline with excellent results. You have high motivation for research, and you enjoy working in an international and cross-disciplinary team. 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. You have good organization and mentor skills as well as high responsibility in fulfilling the tasks assigned to you. 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. Previous experiences in telecommunication & computer industry is considered a plus.

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 postdoctoral researcher is approximately 3600 €/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 mid of 2020. The contract period is initially for 1-2 years, with an extension possibility.

More information

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

Ready to apply?

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

  • Application letter
  • A 5-page research proposal (in English) about 5G security and privacy or related topics
  • CV with a full publication list
  • Certificate of PhD degree
  • Recommendation letter(s) from at least 2 previous supervisors or employers
  • Proof of English proficiency

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

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