Postdoc in Remote Attestation of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

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DTU Compute’s Section for Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) invites applications for a postdoc within the area of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) security, with focus on runtime remote attestation techniques. The position is available from December 1, 2021, and has a duration of 18 months.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc position is framed in the context of the H2020 project ASSURED “Future Proofing of ICT Trust Chains: Sustainable Operational Assurance and Verification Remote Guards for Systems-of-Systems Security and Privacy”.

In this position you are expected to investigate trust requirements and security properties for designing, developing, and implementing a novel policy-driven, multi-layered runtime assurance framework in the domain of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Consideration will be given to implementing novel remote, runtime behavioral attestation services, targeting both the software and hardware layers and covering all phases of a device’s execution: from the trusted boot and integrity measurement of a CPS to the runtime behavioral attestation of the safety-critical components of a system providing strong guarantees on the correctness of the control- and information-flow properties. You are also required to design a set of runtime verification approaches for monitoring and verifying both the execution behavior of a single system and the communication patterns of a set of edge devices against the set of attestation services and policies.  

At the department we strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. This means that, independently from the duties in the ASSURED project, you are expected and welcome to develop your own cybersecurity research. This might include topics like IoT security, mobile systems security, adversarial machine learning, to mention only a few.

Last but not least, you are expected to coordinate a number of PhD/MSc students on cyber-security related research.

Other content of the position

  • There will be an opportunity to do teaching at the master’s level; the position may also involve handling administrative tasks to a limited extent.


  • Ph.D. in computer science, or similar, is required
  • Background on cyber-security is considered fundamental for the position
  • Candidates with documented research on remote attestation techniques for IoT, particularly on runtime attestation protocols, are preferred
  • Background on CPS security is considered a plus
  • The ability to develop theoretical solutions followed by a running prototype is considered a plus
  • Teaching experience in related subjects is considered a plus
  • Participation in academic collaborations in relevant areas
  • Relevant publication track record

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. The university is located in the greater Copenhagen area, which is acknowledged for its excellent standards of living, childcare and welfare system.

You will also be affiliated with the recently formed DTU Center for Digital Security (DIGISEC) that coordinates and promotes activities in the area of digital security at DTU. 

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

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Further Information
Further information concerning the project and the application is available by contacting Professor Nicola Dragoni,  

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Please submit your online application no later than 26 September 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted in English in one single PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach the single PDF file. The PDF file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (PhD)
  • List of publications
  • An example of publication relevant to the position in which the candidate is main author

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

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