PhD Position on User Control in Future Internet Infrastructures at University of Amsterdam

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in surgery at University of Amsterdam. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 4 years in Netherlands. This position is closed on May 24, 2020.

Do you have knowledge of network architectures and protocols? Are you interested in shaping the Future Internet architecture? We are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested in these topics and wants to be part of a large national project devoted to this purpose.

You will be embedded in the project ‘User-driven Path Verification and Control for Inter-domain Networks’ (UPIN). The project is a close collaboration with the Design & Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) research group at the University of Twente, where another PhD student will work on the same project. UPIN is financed by the Netherlands (Netherlands scholarships) Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and industry partners NLnet Labs, SIDN, and SURF.

The goal of UPIN is to develop and evaluate a scalable distributed system that enables users to cryptographically verify and easily control the paths through which their data travels through an inter-domain network like the Internet, both in terms of router-to-router hops as well as in terms of router attributes (e.g., their location, operator, security level, and manufacturer). UPIN will thus provide the solution to a very relevant and current problem, which is that it is becoming increasingly opaque for users on the Internet who processes their data (e.g., in terms of service providers their data passes through as well as what jurisdictions apply) and that they have no control over how it is being routed. This is a risk for people's privacy (e.g., a malicious network compromising a user's data) as well as for their safety (e.g., an untrusted network disrupting a remote surgery).

UPIN is part of 2STiC (‘Security, Stability, and Transparency for internetwork Communications’), the Dutch research program on future internet infrastructures. 2STiC's objective is to establish a leading center of expertise in this exciting new field of research and to contribute to the Netherlands' and Europe's ‘digital sovereignty’. The partners in 2STiC are: University of Twente, University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, Amsterdam Internet Exchange, SURF, NLnet Labs, and SIDN Labs. More information at 2STIC.

You will be embedded in the MNS group. The group focuses its researches on the fundamental architectural problems that arise from the interconnection of systems and of data flows. We look at the emerging architectures that can support the operations of the future Internet. More information can be found at MNS.

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years, preferably starting on 1 September. The initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master (master scholarships) students

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be 2,325 to 2,972 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the '30% ruling', may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Informatics Institute strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position. Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 24 May 2020. You can apply online by using the button below.

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