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PhD position in Systems Security in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, temporary

The Computer Security Group is a new research group at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

We are interested in a variety of hot topics in the area of systems security with a special focus on hardware. The main aim of the group is improving the security of modern computer systems. To do that, we often build novel analysis techniques to uncover previously-unknown attack surfaces and when appropriate we design and implement new systems to protect against various classes of attacks. This means that the group does heavy technical work, from building low-level systems to analyzing hardware components. Examples of our research topics include microarchitectural security, DRAM security, operating system security and peripheral security to name a few.

Job description

As a new member of the group, you are supposed to contribute to research activities in the group and gradually build your own independent research profile according to your interests. Successful candidates are expected to work towards a doctoral degree, and participate in the teaching activities of the group. The research group aims to increase the number of women in scientific positions. Female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Your profile

We are looking for someone with a strong systems and/or security background and a Master’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering or a related field. We expect a successful applicant to be able to think critically and be familiar with recent hardware-based attacks (e.g., cache attacks, Spectre, Rowhammer, etc.) and have experience in building practical systems. Furthermore, the candidate should have a strong command of C, assembly and understand computer architecture and low-level systems code. Knowledge of FPGA programming and hardware design and simulation is a plus.

ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: statement of interest, CV, copies of degree certificates and the associated grades. Please include fresh new ideas that you might have or if you know how to improve one of our existing projects in your statement of interest. The candidates with a suitable profile will be invited for an interview. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. 

More information about our research group and existing papers can be found on our website: .

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