2 positions for PhD students at the University of Luxembourg – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, in the Law, Science and Technology Joint Doctorate – LAST-JD, program “Rights of the Internet of Everything” (RIoE).

VERY IMPORTANT: THIS IS A PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT!!! The actual Call for Application of LAST-JD RIoE will be available later. LAST-JD RIoE is expected to start on 1st of April 2019 with commencement of the PhD on the 1st November 2019.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust of the University of Luxembourg has obtained a large grant from the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) schema, devoted to fund two PhD positions within the already established Law, Science and Technology Joint Doctorate LAST-JD, under a special program “Rights of the Internet of Everything” (RIoE).

LAST-JD RIoE is led by a consortium of 9 European Universities plus 15 other partners (companies and non-EU universities). 15 PhD students will be hired in total, 2 at the University of Luxembourg.

The two PhD students that will be hired at the University of Luxembourg are expected to spend part of the PhD abroad. Specifically:

1) 6 months (M1-M6) at the University of Bologna, CIRSFID, Italy
2) 6 months (M7-M12) at the University of Turin, Department of Computer Science, Italy
3) 24 months (M13-M36) at the University of Luxembourg, SnT
4) In the third year (M25-M36), the student is required to carry out an industrial internship in one company in the consortium.

Furthermore, the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN schema offer generous “Research, training and networking costs” for attending conferences and summer schools, where the two students will have the possibility to disseminate their results, collecting feedback, and get in touch with main worldwide players in their research field.

The description of the two PhD positions, as well as further information about LAST-JD, may be found below.

Candidates interested in one of the two PhD positions should communicate their interest to Livio Robaldo ( The full CV of the candidate must be sent in attachment. Candidates will then have to prepare a 3-pages document describing their PhD project proposal. The 3-pages project proposal must be in line with either of the two descriptions below.

PhD position #1:

Title: Security and privacy of resource constrained devices

Objectives: Recent hackers’ attacks have shown the vulnerability of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices due to their limited computing power. Given also their ubiquitous presence, lower costs and limitations in keeping security measures up to date, they represent a growing risk for the security of IT infrastructures.

Expected Results:
1. Analysis of the weaknesses of resources bounded IoT devices.
2. Analysis of legal frameworks regulating IoT security
3. Security framework and best practices for resource constrained devices
PhD position #2:

Title: Risk analysis and regulatory compliance of distributed ledger technologies for transaction and management of securities

Objectives: Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) are fairly new. An in-depth risk analysis is therefore needed. The aim of this research track is to provide a comprehensive account of the risks associated with the use of DLTs in transacting and managing securities. The research will assess the risks, advantages and drawbacks of DLTs in this specific domain in comparison with other existing technologies for managing and transacting with securities.

Expected Results:
1. Identify pitfalls, security problems and vulnerabilities of DLTs systems
2. Compare existing platforms of security management with new DLTs systems
3. Asses the advantages (if any) and the feasibility of building a DLT architecture for managing securities

The LAST-JD International Doctorate in ”Law, Science, and Technology” is an interdisciplinary integrated doctorate, designed to address new challenges in: (1) Bioethics and Biolaw, (2) ICT Law, and (3) Legal Informatics. The doctorate school was founded in 2012; a new version of LAST-JD, titled LAST-JD RIoE (Rights of the Internet of Everything), has been retained for funding by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. The consortium of LAST-JD RIoE includes 24 academic and industrial partners, among which nine universities from seven European countries that are well-known for innovation, interdisciplinarity and excellence in Law and Computer Science, and for running many international doctorate programs. Industrial partner organizations will mentor ESR and host internships, and include firms working on Internet-of-Things, distributed ledger technologies, security, etc. PhD students in LAST-JD RIoE are required to spend an internship in one of the company in the consortium during the third year. Top-level conferences and summer schools for which the two PhD can use the “Research, training and networking costs” put at disposal by the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN schema are ACM CCS, IEEE S&P, Usenix security, NDSS, and FOSAD.

The Internet of Everything poses technical, legal and ethical challenges for a society which is still under-prepared for its emergence, lacking suitable personnel (developers, policy advisors) with the necessary understanding of the complex set of issues involved. The PhD program ranges over five “Internet of”: (1) Internet of Things: brings in automatic sensors to all kinds of equipment, and allows real-time data analytics in the cloud. Disparate Internet of Things systems are connected via an ever expanding network to allow cognitive computers capable of learning and sorting information; (2) Internet of Persons: persons who contribute each day with a huge amount of content and create new relations via social networks; Internet of Data (3): addresses the problem of how to deal with a huge amount of interconnected data via Big Data technologies, that can give meaning to data and make devices smart; (4) Internet of Healthcare: dealing with the availability of data in the field of medicine, promising us new approaches to take care of patients, also at home; (5) Internet of Money: which promises a revolution in the financial world, through underlying distributed ledger technologies (such as the Blockchain); such technologies create a layer of trust above the Internet, thus allowing financial transactions and more.

The following tasks are required for LAST-JD RIoE PhD students:
– Presentation of research findings at workshops and conferences
– Publication of papers / scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals
– Possibility of participating in teaching activities (seminars)
– Designing, developing, and defending the PhD thesis within four years.

Your Profile:
– Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or related disciplines such as Data and Information Science, Human-Computer-Interaction, etc. It is possible to apply if the respective degree is to be obtained soon (details to be given in the application)
– Good command of written and spoken English
– Dedication to actively participate in the interdisciplinary framework of the LAST-JD RIoE

The University of Luxembourg offers:
– A dynamic environment with a large number of ongoing scientific activities (English as working language)
– A cutting-edge digital research infrastructure
– Financial support (travel allowances) for participating in scientific activities (workshops, conferences, summer schools, etc.)
– Attractive salary and employment contract including social insurance contribution

– In case of questions, please contact Livio Robaldo at

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer and applications by women are especially encouraged