2 positions for PhD students at the University of Luxembourg – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust.

VERY IMPORTANT: THIS IS A PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT!!! The actual Call for Application of the two positions will be available later (~ 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 European Union devoted to fund the two PhD positions described below. 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 affiliated to the University of Luxembourg.

Furthermore, the PhD schema offers 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.

Candidates interested in one of the two PhD positions should communicate their interest to both Livio Robaldo ( and Réka Markovich ( 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 following tasks are required for PhD students at the University of Luxembourg:
– 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 PhD.

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 or Réka Markovich at

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