Post-Doctoral Associate (or Research Engineer / Assistant) for the Center for Cyber Security

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
02 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

New York University: NYU - Global: Abu Dhabi: AD_Research Centers

Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


The Cyber Security & Privacy lab (CSP-laboratory) of Prof. Christina Pöpper, part of the Center for Cyber Security at New York University Abu Dhabi, seeks to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to work on the seminal topic of 5G Security: security & privacy in and for current and future mobile/cellular networks, including nextG systems.  Although a postdoctoral candidate will be preferred, this position may also be filled by a research engineer or research assistant in well justified cases. 

The CSP-laboratory conducts cutting-edge research in communication and cyber security and privacy, in particular on

  • Security and privacy in mobile telephony networks (5G)
  • Security and privacy in wireless systems
  • Security in airborne communication
  • Online privacy and anonymous communication

The successful applicant will drive a fascinating project on the topic of security and privacy in 5G and next generation wireless/cellular networks.  Our research group has recently made and contributed to important security investigations and offensive work on the specification, implementation, and deployment side of cellular networks. This includes the identification of substantial security weaknesses and vulnerabilities in 4G and 5G networks with a focus on the traffic between user equipment and base stations on multiple layers of the protocol stack. The successful applicant is expected to build upon previous work and extend it in novel directions, e.g., focusing on location privacy aspects, the defensive side, or other aspects in the overall 5G/nextG ecosystem, which may include but are not limited to physical-layer communication, rich communication services, signaling communication, authentication, end-to-end encryption etc. Conceptual and practical work on the topic is expected to be made. Research methodologies will include experimental work with existing 5G equipment in our lab; additional expertise in formal methods, NLP and/or ML/AI will be beneficial. The candidate will work in an international and diverse environment consisting of PhD-level scientists, graduate students and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join an ongoing collaborative project with Google on the topic of 5G security.

Applicants for the postdoctoral position must have a PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cyber Security or closely related fields. Excellent experimental skills relevant to the project are required.

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with full publication list, degree transcript, statement of research interests, and at least one letter of reference (up to two may be required in the application process), all in PDF format. If you have any questions, please email Prof. Christina Pöpper at

About NYUAD:

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

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