PhD Position in Distributed Signal Processing for Resilient IoT/CPS

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Trondheim, Norway
02 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for one PhD Research Fellow position at the Department of Electronic Systems (IES). The PhD position is for up to 4 years with 25% work assignments for NTNU IES.

The position reports to head of department

Main duties and responsibilities

In the emerging paradigms of CPS and IoT, large quantities of data are constantly collected by multiple sensors to enable accurate inference and smart decision making. The collected data may reveal more information than required because the sensors observe multiple correlated processes. In addition, stringent limitations on IoT sensors often preclude cryptography-based data security, which makes the system vulnerable various types of physical-layer attacks, e.g., data falsification and replay attacks. Examples include unauthorized drone tracking and steering, and data falsification in autonomous transport systems. In summary, to realize the full potential promised by IoT, developed solutions need to incorporate more realistic environments and time-critical constraints to ensure privacy-preserving and attack-resilient network operation.

The aim of this project is to design and analyze advanced distributed signal processing and optimization approaches to overcome security and privacy challenges faced by future CPS/IoT, where traditional methods fail to prevent attacks and loss of privacy. The PhD candidate will be affiliated with NTNU IoT lab, and have the opportunity to visit and collaborate with research scientists from SINTEF, University of Notre Dame, USA and Syracuse University, USA.

Qualification requirements

We seek a highly-motivated individual who has

  • strong background in machine learning, signal processing and mathematics with research-oriented master thesis in a related field, e.g., statistical machine learning, statistical signal processing, speech technology, information theory, applied mathematics, or optimization
  • experience with programming
  • good written and oral English language skills.

Publication activities in the aforementioned disciplines will be considered an advantage but is not a requirement.

For more information on the application submission and a detailed list of required documents, see subsection "About the application" below. The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in [subject area] or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

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, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should

  • be creative, independent, and self-motivated
  • possess good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years with required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in [subject area] (Link to website, if applicable). As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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 Prof. Stefan Werner, e-mail

About the application:

An eligible candidate should have acquired MSc degree by the application deadline.

The application must contain:

  • CV with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience
  • certified copies of transcripts and diplomas (from both bachelor and master’s degrees)
  • application letter describing your motivation, relevant experience, skills and qualifications
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree
  • Brief research statement (max. 2 pages) for the position
  • Proof of fluency in the English language (if applicable)
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 reference persons
  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF).

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, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2019/27477when applying.

Application deadline: 20.10.2019

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