Postdoctoral Position in the Cyber Security of the SDN Enabled Energy System

Gjøvik, Norway
18 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral position at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Gjøvik. The position is funded and aligned with the EU project SDN-microSENSE (SDN - microgrid reSilient Electrical eNergy SystEm). This project intends to provide a set of secure, privacy-enabled and resilient to cyberattacks tools, thus ensuring the normal operation of EPES (Electrical Power and Energy Systems) as well as the integrity and the confidentiality of communications. 

In particular, adopting an SDN-based technology, SDN-microSENSE will develop a three-layer security architecture, by deploying and implementing risk assessment processes, self-healing capabilities, large-scale distributed detection and prevention mechanisms, as well as an overlay privacy protection framework.

The position reports to the Head of Department.

Job description

The successful candidate will work on investigating the efficiency of SoA (Service Oriented Architectures), cyber security solutions and technologies for the energy sector, in alignment with the corresponding operational parameters and results from sector specific threat modelling and vulnerability assessment, also integrating functional requirements related with security and privacy. Building on these results, the successful candidate will work on the architectural specification of the SDN-microSENSE platform, and on the anticipated pilot and demonstration scenarios. This initial work will drive integration, configuration and testing activities towards the validation of the developed technologies through pilot demonstrators that will be implemented collaboratively by the SDN-microSENSE consortium.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

A postdoctoral position is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in information security or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Other qualifications:

  • Strong background in information/cyber security.
  • Good understanding of Electrical Power and Energy Systems architectures and operations.
  • Good understanding of SCADA/ICS architectures and operations.
  • Strong research background within at least one of the aforementioned fields.
  • Evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken.
  • Motivation for fundamental scientific research of practical relevance.
  • Strong programming and modelling skills.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should be capable of:

  • Working independently, and with a problem solving mindset.
  • Learning and working in teams in a structured manner, and able and willing to take initiatives for personal and team growth.
  • Enjoy interdisciplinary research.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education background, work and research experience, and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in light of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Sokratis Katsikas, phone number: +47 91138581, e-mail:, or Dr. Vasileios Gkioulos, phone number: +47 61135162, e-mail:

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, cover letter, diplomas and certificates that highlight the alignment of your application with the required qualifications for this position as listed above. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number 2019/6235 when applying.

Application deadline: 17.03.2019

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Research is vital to the security of our society. We teach and conduct research in cyber security, information security, communications networks and networked services. Our areas of expertise include biometrics, cyber defence, cryptography, digital forensics, security in e-health and welfare technology, intelligent transportation systems and malware. The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 17.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Gjøvik

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