Postdoctoral Position in Side Channel Analysis and Avoidance

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden has an opening postdoctoral associate position in computer science. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for two years in Sweden. This position is closed on October 26, 2018.

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 270 employees from over 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 150 courses each year. We also have extensive national and international collaborations with academia, industry and society.

Information about the divisions

This position is to be carried out within both the Information Security (iSec) and Functional Programming (FP) divisions. Both divisions combine world-class researchers in language-based security and functional programming. In addition, there is a strong type-theory group that can be used as a source of knowledge in dependent types.

This position is funded by a grant from Intel Corp. The project is dedicated to contribute and further research on (i) utilizing some notion of dependent types to verify security and the presence/absence of side-channels in multi-cycle circuits, (ii) apply symbolic execution techniques to boost accuracy when needed, (iii) implement a tool that combines these techniques, and (iv) perform evaluations on state-of-the-art public domain microprocessor designs.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master’s levels as well as supervising master’s and/or PhD students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).


To be qualified the applicant must have a Ph.D. degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related discipline. You may apply if you have not completed all requirements for your degree, provided you will have before the position at Chalmers starts.

Competitive candidates will have a strong computer science background, both theoretical and practical, with emphasis on programming languages techniques; expertise in some of the areas of interests for this position; a passion for high-quality software research and development; and excellent analytical and communication skills. Prior publications are meritorious.

Whereas both Swedish and English are used in undergraduate courses, English is the working language for research in Chalmers’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Thus, fluency in English is mandatory for candidates, but knowledge of Swedish is not required.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180518 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

1. A cover letter (1 or 2 A4 pages), summarizing your background and track record, and explaining your goals for the future, including specific areas that you are interested in.

2. A curriculum vitae, detailing your education, research achievements, and work-related experience.

3. Official transcripts of your education certificates (degrees, including grade reports and other documents when applicable).

4. Two letters of recommendation complete with name and contact information of the referees who wrote them.

It is preferable that you directly include letters of recommendation; we typically get a large number of applications, and it is not feasible for us to request letters for all applicants.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 26 October 2018

For questions, please contact:

Prof. Carl-Johan Seger, CSE,, +46 (0) 72-391 2821

Prof. Alejandro Russo, CSE,, +46 (0) 72-974 4968


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