Netherlands: PhD position Security of Next Generation Communication Networks at University of Twente

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Description: Mission-critical communication networks, such as used by the police, ambulances and fire brigades, are generally based on legacy technologies. For interoperability and costs reasons, it is expected that future generations of such networks will move to standard technologies, such as 4G and TCP/IP. Such move will introduce new challenges, however, such as protecting these mission-critical networks against attacks that are already common on the open Internet. To investigate such issues, a new European project is started (called SALUS), in which sixteen leading European research groups will collaborate to address such challenges.

The DACS group (Design and Analysis of Communication Systems) at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, is partner within this new project and will investigate topics related to security of such new networks. In particular we are interested in the detection and mitigation of Intrusions, Botnets and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks. Part of our research will focus on DNS analysis, since DNS is frequently used by attackers to control there botnets and perform DDoS attacks.

Eligibility: We are looking for a PhD candidate who will participate in this project and perform research in the area of network security. It is expected that the PhD candidate will strongly collaborate with the other European partners within this project. Within the DACS group, the PhD candidate will work closely together with other PhD candidates active in similar areas

We are looking for highly motivated researchers with an MSc degree in Computer Science, or a similar field, with adequate experimental and theoretical skills. Thorough knowledge of communication protocols and networks, good programming skills, and fluency in English are required.

Information and application:
For more information, please visit the website of the DACS group (, or contact Aiko Pras (
Candidates are invited to upload their application by using the application link below, before October 1, 2013. Please include the following attachments in your application:

1. a motivation letter;
2. your curriculum vitae;
3. a completely filled out application form, which you can find here: (pdf) (word)
4. transcript(s) of grades;
5. a copy of your master thesis, and (up to 5) publications you have written, if any;
6. if English is not your native language, a proof of your fluency in English
(e.g., IELTS, TOEFL-iBT).

Conditions of employment:

The PhD candidate will be appointed in a full-time position (38 hours/week) for a period of maximum four years and at the end the PhD candidate should have completed her/his PhD thesis. Gross monthly salary for the PhD position ranges from € 2.042,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.612,- gross per month in the fourth year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition to this, we offer a holiday allowance (amounts to 8%), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8.3%), various sporting and cultural facilities at reduced rate, medical insurance at a reduced rate etc.

The main responsibility of the PhD candidate will be to carry out research, but she/he will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience. We offer our PhD students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge by joining international exchange programs, by participating in international conferences and workshops, and by visiting other research institutes and universities worldwide.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies’ activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.

More information about employer University of Twente (UT)

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