PhD Student Positions in Programming Language Technology for Security and Privacy

Chalmers University of Technology has an opening PhD position. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. Applicants should apply before October 10, 2018.

Information about the research

We invite applications for a PhD position in Programming Language Technology for Security and Privacy. We are looking for applicants with a technical background in the programming languages and systems research area, and who have a keen interest in applying and developing this technology to create new methods and tools for security and privacy of software and systems. You will have a good knowledge in several of the following areas: compiler technology, static analysis, type systems, programming language semantics, advanced functional programming, program verification.

We intend to recruit up to three positions and expect to advertise in several rounds during 2018. In this call we are primarily focussing on a student to work on privacy technology, such as differential privacy, but other applicants with a strong background as described above are welcome to apply.

Information about the department

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is a joint department at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, with activities on two campuses in the city of Gothenburg. The department has around 240 employees from over 30 countries and enrols a number of PhD students from more than 30 countries. Our research has a wide span, from theoretical foundations to applied systems development. We provide high quality education at Bachelor’s, Master’s and graduate levels, offering over 120 courses each year. We also have extensive national and international collaborations with academia, industry and society.

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The PhD students will join a high-profile group of researchers on software security. Software is often the root cause of vulnerabilities in modern computing systems. By focusing on securing the software, we target principled security mechanisms that provide robust protection against large classes of attacks.

Major responsibilities

As a PhD student the majority of your time will be research related, where you are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The funding for the PhD position is part of ambitious framework project: WebSec: Securing Web-driven Systems and funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). You will be expected to apply your research ideas in the context of the project, where we will develop a principled security and privacy platform for the web.

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PhD students will be supervised by faculty members: Prof. Andrei Sabelfeld (project leader), Prof. Alejandro Russo, and Prof. David Sands.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers’ undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours. Salary for the position is as specified in Chalmers’ general agreement for PhD student positions.


Applicants should have a Master’s Degree or corresponding degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or in a related discipline. As for all PhD studies, a genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical and communication skills, both oral and written, are needed. You may apply even if you have not completed your degree, but expect to do so before the position starts. Knowledge of Swedish is not a prerequisite for applying since English is our working language for research, and we publish internationally. Both Swedish and English are used in undergraduate courses. Half of our researchers and PhD students at the department come from more than 30 different countries.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180465 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
- CV
- Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
- Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
- An application of a maximum of one A4 page summarizing your track record and providing your research statement
- Previous research fields and main research results.
- Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
- Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.
- Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents
- Letters of recommendation
- Evidence of written work: research papers and theses
- Links to software repositories with relevant projects

It is important to include parts of your own work such as theses and articles that you have authored or co-authored. Please notice also that it is highly recommended that you include letters of recommendation; we typically get a large number of applications, and it is not feasible for us to request individual letters.

Application deadline: October 10th, 2018. We encourage all applicants who might need a visa to visit Sweden to apply as soon as possible.

For questions, please contact:

Professor David Sands


Phone: +46 31 772 1059


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