CLOSED: PhD offer in the area of measurements for cybersecurity

PhD thesis

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Grenoble Institute of Technology and LIG Laboratory invite applications for a PhD Student position in the area of measurements for cybersecurity and Domain Name System (DNS) abuse.

  • Position: PhD Student Grenoble INP
  • Contract: fixed-term 36 months
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Location: Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Hosting institution: LIG laboratory, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble Institute of Technology
  • Scientific advisors: Maciej Korczynski and Andrzej Duda @LIG/UGA
  • Project partners: SIDN (.nl registry) and AFNIC (.fr registry)
  • Application deadline: 31/12/2017

Job description

The candidate will join a research project about cybersecurity and domain name abuse. The goal of the project is to develop large-scale Internet measurement and classification methods in the fight against Internet-scale attacks, such as phishing, drive-by-downloads, and spam. The successful candidate will collect and study empirical data, and will work on real-world security problems that will help operators such as domain registries and hosting providers to effectively mitigate security incidents. The candidate will study the behavior of malicious actors and of potential victims of cybersecurity incidents for being able to design secure systems and introduce effective policies to prevent domain name abuse. The PhD student will collaborate closely with the research teams of the domain registry operators who are funding the position (SIDN Labs and AFNIC Labs). The software developed during the thesis will be integrated into the existing operational systems deployed by our industry partners.

The PhD student will be part of a team working on worldwide measurements of cybercrime, network attacks and IoT security. We have collaborated on projects with industry players such as SIDN Labs, ICANN, and STMicroelectronics. We offer an excellent working environment, strong support for personal development and career planning, cutting-edge research topics, and strong collaborations.

Skills & Expertise

The position requires strong competences in programming (Python, C/C++) and excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Research experience in the field of network security and data analytics is considered as a plus.

The candidate must have a master’s degree (or equivalence) in network or information security, computer science, telecommunication engineering or in a related study with excellent results. The candidate must have a high motivation for research, and enjoy working in an international team.

Location and Institution

The LIG laboratory is located in Grenoble, the capital of the Alps. Grenoble is one of France’s major scientific and industrial centers for computer science and applied mathematics. The city lies amidst three mountain ranges and offers exceptional quality of life, with extensive public transportation and dedicated bikeways.

The Drakkar group investigates various aspects of network protocols, security and multimedia applications. The LIG lab has just moved to the brand new IMAG building, thus offering a very high standard work environment.

How to Apply & Contact Information

Applicants should send a detailed curriculum vitae along with a letter of application, transcripts for undergraduate and graduate studies to maciej.korczynski@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr. Email subject must start with "[DNS abuse]". References or letters of recommendation are appreciated.

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