PostDoc: Cybersecurity for critical mobile Infrastructures

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We are looking for an outstanding candidate to strengthen our research team. We offer challenging research in a rich environment with excellent research perspectives. This position is to be filled as soon as possible. Prolongation after one year might be possible if desired.

Context – the domain you will be working in

The Digital Transformation results in all kinds of infrastructures becoming software-controlled, networked, and remote-manageable. While this brings many opportunities, cybersecurity is its biggest challenge.
A central critical infrastructure affected by the Digital Transformation is transportation of humans and goods. Formerly isolated trains or buses become part of a connected mobility. Remote monitoring and over-the-air updates become reality. This requires strong security measures to be installed.

Scope – the topics you will be working on

The goal of this PostDoc is establishing and heading the connected mobility cybersecurity research line at the chair Cyber CNI in close collaboration with the chairholder and the industry partner. This includes setting up pilots for prototyping and evaluating the research, as well as regular interaction with the chair’s PhDs, and other staff.

You will specify and implement at least one pilot for a connected vehicle that can receive over the air updates. You will identify security challenges and develop and test mitigations. The use of AI and human- machine-interfaces, e.g. in SOCs, will be central to your work. Distributed ledgers and other mechanisms can become important. Overall, you will be able to shape this new research axis together with the local experts.

Scenarios: Autonomous train, railways, signaling and stations will be important scenarios.

Keywords: Authentication, Authorization, Remote attestation, Access control, Software life-cycle, SOC, Threat Management, Risk Management, Safety vs. Security, Collaboration, AI, a plus would be knowledge in human-machine-interfaces, visualization, 3D visualization, Immersive Interfaces

Requirements – what you should bring

Solid and proven research skills. Curiosity and motivation to work in a dynamic research environment.

Knowledge: Knowledge in some or all of the following cybersecurity topics (please refer to these in your cover letter): SOC, threat intelligence, risk management, human-in-the-loop, 3D immersive interfaces, Update management, Security, Safety, Privacy, distributed approaches, AI, collaborative approaches

Languages: English (ability to read and write research papers in English), French (ability to communicate at least basically in French; courses can be taken to improve French)

Expectations – what you can expect to happen

If selected, you will have the chance to develop this research line together with the chairholder, the industry partners, and the researchers at IMT Atlantique. It is expected that part of the research gets submitted for publishing internationally. Collaboration with different PhD candidates is expected. Participation in teaching, especially MOOC creation will be possible, if wanted.

Application process

Application deadline: 30.8.2021, 3pm CEST

Please send an email with one (1) PDF including:

  • –  a motivational letter, covering the points “requirements” and your experience
  • –  your CV
  • –  your certificates (esp. PhD)
  • –  a research statement (containing your research methodologies and possible research directions you would be interested to develop including scientific literature references)
  • –  contact addresses (mail and phone) of 1-3 people we can contact to inquire information about you and at least two reference letters
Marc-Oliver Pahl