PhD student position in computer science with a focus on AI-supported IoT security

PhD student position in computer science with a focus on AI-supported IoT security

Suède 01 sept. 2023
Institut de technologie de Blekinge

Institut de technologie de Blekinge

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01 sept. 2023
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Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH, is one of the most distinctly profiled universities in Sweden, where applied IT and innovation for sustainable growth are in focus. In our education and research, engineering and IT are integrated with other disciplines such as urban planning, industrial economics, design and health sciences to contribute to solving the challenges facing society. Everything we do at BTH has three distinct perspectives: innovation, sustainability and in real life, which means cooperation and exchange with both business and industry as well as society. A characteristic of BTH is the close cooperation with industry and society, which permeates both education and research at the regional, national and international level. We conduct education and research at a high international level. BTH has two faculties – the Faculty of Computing and the Faculty of Engineering.

TheDepartment of Computer Science (DIDA) is one of three departments at the Faculty of Computing. The department is BTH’s largest department at BTH with 70 people. At the department, research is conducted in two major areas: computer science and  engineering , as well as visual and interactive computer science . There are a number of different research projects in both areas.

Work description

BTH is inviting applications for a PhD position (full-time) at the Department of Computer Science (DIDA – Institutionen för Datavetenskap) in “AI-supported IoT security”. The position is funded by the  EU CELTIC-NEXT project “Collective Intelligence Supported by Security Aware Nodes”. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is pervasive in daily life, and critical infrastructures, particularly smart grids and smart factories, and the security threats and cybersecurity incidents targeting IoT devices and networks continue to grow. The modern IoT has inevitable vulnerabilities, such as limited computing resources, dynamic network communications and structures, inadequate security design, and distributed artificial intelligence (such as federated learning) at the edge. Therefore, AI-powered IoT security mechanisms need to be developed to comprehensively improve network security, resilience, and computational intelligence in resource-constrained networks. That is, using AI/DL to manage big data and applying trustable distributed algorithms (e.g., blockchain) to the architecture of distributed systems.

The aim of this PhD project is to research technical solutions to the above challenges in IoT areas. The project provides the opportunity to work with all stakeholders in the value chain of smart grids to secure these critical infrastructures. The main duty of the PhD student is to devote to research studies, which includes participation in research projects and third cycle courses (not less than 80%). The PhD student is expected to collaborate with 7 Swedish industrial partners and 17 other EU partners in the CELTIC-NEXT project. The PhD project includes regular business trips to meetings with the project partners and international conferences.

Information about doctoral studies:

Eligibility requirements

To be employed as a PhD student, it is required that the applicant is or will be admitted to postgraduate education. Eligible for admission to postgraduate education is a person who has completed a degree at an advanced level in a technical, mathematical, or scientific field or who has otherwise acquired knowledge to be able to benefit from postgraduate education in the subject.

Specific entry requirements

Qualified for entry to third-cycle education is she/he who has taken a second-cycle qualification in the fields of engineering or mathematics-sciences or who in some other way has acquired knowledge to be able to profit by the third-cycle studies of the subject.

Meriting competencies and experience

In addition to the requirements described in the work description, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for the position, the following degrees, competencies and experiences are considered meriting:

  • MSc Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, IT security, Applied Mathematics, or similar.
  • Advanced knowledge in at least one the following areas (e.g., demonstrated by a MSc thesis): cybersecurity, IoT, edge computing, ML, AI, or blockchain
  • Excellent problem solving and programming skills, incl. AI and Blockchain development
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication in English.
  • Show the ability to work independently as well as in a team.

Place of employment: Karlskrona

Employment level: 100% (80% reseach, 20% teaching duties)

Salary: For Ph.D. students at BTH a standard salary scale is applied, which means that the salary is adjusted upwards as the student progresses through the program.

Commencement: By agreement; as soon as possible, but preferably not later than April 1, 2023. 

Duration: Temporary position. The duration is up to 4 years of full-time research. Initially, the employment covers one year, after which it is renewed for a maximum of two years at a time, provided that the individual study plan is followed. The position may comprise up to 20% of other duties (e.g., teaching), in which case the duration can be extended to a maximum of 5 years.

Application deadline: 2023-01-09.

The application should include the following: 

  • A statement of your background, knowledge and experience in the area(s) relevant to the position.
  • A CV
  • Certified copies of grades, certificates and diplomas.
  • Contact information for two references.
  • The earliest date the candidate can start work.
  • An appendix with current publications (if applicable).
  • A link to your thesis (latest/highest degree).

You apply online through our recruitment system by clicking on the “apply” button.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and instructions.

Instructions to applicants can be found at

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH, embraces diversity and welcomes applicants with varying backgrounds and experiences.
We work actively to take advantage of the qualities that diversity and an even gender distribution contribute to our operations.

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