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CLOSED — PhD position Internet of Things and Security

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Position: PhD Student
Start date: ASAP or September 2015
Contract: 3-year contract
Location: Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France
Hosting Institution: Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble Institute of Technology, LIG lab
Research themes: Internet of things, security, wireless networks, near-fields communications
Scientific advisor: Franck Rousseau
Application deadline: 31/08/2015


The goal of this research is to participate in the study and design of security protocols for the Internet of Things. It will take place in the scope of the IoTize project. Forecasts predict that several billions "things" will be connected to the Internet in the coming years. This emerging IoT will change the way we interact with many types of devices.

IoTize aims at providing an easy way to turn any device based on the ARM microcontroller family into an IoT "thing". Using a small hardware module communicating on the JTAG/SWD port, it will allow to easily "iotize" any device, even if it was not design with wireless connection in mind, including legacy devices. User interaction with these "things" then takes place through NFC, BLE or Wi-Fi, using a smartphone and a generic application. Proof-of-concept implementations will be developed on test modules made available by our industrial partners to evaluate the propose solutions and benchmark the impact of cryptographic computations on the overall system.

Your work will be to study, design and implement an end-to-end security solution in this context. Confidentiality, integrity, and availability are of prime importance in the IoT context, where the surface of attack is very large: this type of devices will be deployed in large uncontrolled areas, and wireless communications provide easy remote interaction even without physical access. Also, different types of services will require strict access control: several classes of users will provide security by limiting privileged functionalities to specific users with credentials, eg. reflashing the firmware or modifying the configuration, whereas anyone might be able to use the basic functionalities of a coffee machine.

Skills & Expertise

Applicants for this position must have an MSc or equivalent at the time they start in the position. We are looking for excellent candidates with the following:
 Master degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications or equivalent
 Strong motivation to conduct high quality research in a challenging environment
 Excellent programming skills and good software development practices (C, Java, Python)
 Knowledge in embedded systems programming and Web development is a real plus
 Excellent English speaking and writing skills are mandatory
 Speaking French is not required, this position is an opportunity to learn and improve

Salary & Benefits

 Annual gross salary : 21k€
 45 days annual vacation
 Employer covers half of public transport commute expenses
 Employer covers part of your lunch expenses

Location and Institution

This work will take place in the scope of the IoTize project that brings together leading companies and laboratories. This will be an opportunity to work with partners such as Keolabs, Gematlo, ST microelectronics, ISEN, and LIG. This project is certified and supported by the SCS (Secured Communicating Solutions) and Minalogic (micro, nanoelectronics and software) industrial clusters.

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.

Grenoble INP, the Grenoble Institute of Technology, is one of Europe’s leading technology universities, at the heart of innovation for more than a century. Grenoble Institute of Technology is involved in major development projects such as Minatec, or the Minalogic (micro and nanotechnology and embedded software) and TEneRRDIS (renewable energy) industrial clusters. With its solid combination of teaching, research and business promotion, Grenoble Institute of Technology plays a key role in making Grenoble one of the most attractive scientific and industrial locations worldwide.

Research is one of Grenoble Institute of Technology’s strengths. The LIG laboratory is one of Grenoble INP 38 laboratories, some of which are shared with the CNRS (French national scientific research centre) and the other three Grenoble universities. The scientific project of the LIG laboratory is ambient and sustainable IT. The activities of the LIG cover five key scientific domains: (i) Software Engineering and Information Systems, (ii) Formal Methods, Models and Languages, (iii) Interactive and Cognitive Systems, (iv) Distributed Systems, Parallel Computing and Networks, (v) Large Scale Data and Knowledge Processing.

The Drakkar group investigates various aspects of network protocols, security and multimedia applications with the emphasis on wireless networks, sensors networks. The LIG lab will move to the brand new PILSI IMAG building Q2 2016, thus offering very high standard work environment.

How to Apply & Contact Information

If you need additional information on this job offer, please contact Franck.Rousseau@imag.fr

Please apply by sending the following document to Franck.Rousseau@imag.fr
 Letter of application
 Curriculum vitae
 Transcripts for undergraduate and graduate studies
 References or letters of recommendation
 Applicant’s scientific report or paper written in english
 Any other document showing that you are an outstanding candidate

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