PhD Scholarship in Hardware Security at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Applications are invited for a PhD position in artificial intelligence to join KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The initial contract for this position is two years. Applicants should apply before December 26, 2018.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The Department of Electronics invites applications for two positions of doctoral students in the area of hardware security with focus on side-channel attacks.

Side-channel attacks are one of the most efficient attacks against implementations of cryptographic algorithms at present. They exploit the correlation between the physical measurements (power consumption, electromagnetic emissions, timing) taken at different points during the computation and the secret key. Side-channel attacks are several orders of magnitude more effective than the conventional mathematical cryptanalysis and are much more practical to mount. Furthermore, with advances in Machine Learning (ML), side-channel attacks got a powerful ally. Since ML techniques are good at finding correlations in raw data, they enable the adversary to bypass many existing countermeasures and break protected implementations. Given huge investments in artificial intelligence, we are likely see an explosion of ML-based security breaches. Therefore, it is important to increase knowledge about ML-based side-channel attacks, which is the goal of this project. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

The successful applicants are expected to work on investigating possibilities and limitations of ML in the contexts of side-channel attacks and designing appropriate countermeasures against ML-based side channel attacks.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

The applicant should hold a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or equivalent, and have very good analytical and programming skills. The ideal candidate should have knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Hardware Security, ASIC and FPGA design, Machine Learning, Cryptography, and Cryptanalysis. Besides strong technical, analytical and problem solving skills, the candidate is expected to be curious, ambitious and strongly motivated to conduct research. The candidate should have the ability to work both individually and in teams. Good communication skills in both oral and written English are required.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).


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