Postdoc in the area of Security for Safety-Critical Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

tirsdag 04 maj 21

Send ansøgning

Frist 11. juni 2021
Du kan søge om jobbet ved DTU Compute ved at udfylde den efterfølgende ansøgningsformular.

Ansøg online

DTU Compute’s Section for Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) invites applications for a two-year postdoc within the area of security for safety-critical Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The position is available from 1 August 2021 or according to mutual agreement.

DTU Compute strives to achieve research excellence in its basic science disciplines, to achieve technological leadership in research and innovation, and to address societal challenges in collaboration with partners at DTU and other academic institutions, nationally and internationally, and, equally important, with industry and organizations. We communicate and collaborate with leading centres and strategic partners in order to increase participation in major consortia.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc position is framed in the context of the H2020 ECSEL project “TRANSACT: Transform Safety-Critical Cyber-Physical Systems into Distributed Solutions for End-Users and Partners”. You are expected to investigate requirements and necessary concepts for preserving security and privacy in edge/cloud computing environments and when deploying running distributed applications for safety-critical CPS. Consideration will be given to adopting a secure-by-design principle that will also support the inherent dynamic and heterogeneous nature of safety-critical distributed CPS. This includes the considerations of inter-relation with safety and performance, with the challenges of management and upgrading of devices connected to edge and cloud infrastructure. It also requires you to investigate both the human and machine side of cybersecurity, aiming for an orchestrated concept that enforces security throughout all the device-edge-cloud continuum.

We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. This means that independently from the duties in the TRANSACT project, you are expected and welcomed to develop your own cybersecurity research. This might include topics like IoT security, mobile systems security, adversarial machine learning, to mention only a few.

Last but not least, you are expected to coordinate a number of PhD/MSc students on cyber-security related research.

Other content of the position

  • There will be an opportunity to do teaching at the master’s level; the position may also involve handling administrative tasks to a limited extent.


  • PhD in computer science, computer engineering, or similar, is required
  • Background on cyber-security is considered fundamental for the position
  • Background on CPS security is considered a plus
  • The ability to develop theoretical solutions followed by a running prototype is considered a plus
  • Teaching experience in related subjects is considered a plus
  • Participation in academic collaborations in relevant areas
  • Relevant publication track record

The postdoc will also be affiliated with the recently formed DTU Center for Digital Security (DIGISEC) that coordinates and promotes activities in the area of digital security at DTU. 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is two years. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further Information
Further information concerning the project and the application is available by contacting Professor Nicola Dragoni,  

You can read more about DTU Compute on

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.   

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 11 June 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

DTU Compute
DTU Compute is a unique and internationally recognized academic environment spanning the science disciplines mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering. We conduct research, teaching and innovation of high international standard—producing new knowledge and technology-based solutions to societal challenges. We have a long-term involvement in applied and interdisciplinary research, big data and data science, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), smart and secure societies, smart manufacturing, and life science.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.