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Ruhr-Universität Bochum | Lehrstuhl für Systemsicherheit

Best.-Nr.: 275962 - PhD candidate (m/f/d) 3 years 39,83 h/y

  • Online seit 16.10.2020
  • 201016-413048
  • 275962
  • Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter(in)



The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

Over the past decade, the digital life of most people has moved from stationary devices such as desktop computers to computationally powerful mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets or smartwatches. Not only do these devices bring a new level of convenience for users, they are also much more vulnerable to attacks that compromise the confidentiality of users’ private data - as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden’s global surveillance disclosures.

One might think that similar attacks existed before, but mobile smart devices offer many new attack vectors that are not known from stationary desktop PCs. For example, a new class of attack vector results from the plethora of sensors these devices carry, such as GPS and motion sensors. While some of these attacks can be thwarted by sensible use of strong cryptography - for instance, there now exist secure text-messenger apps that allow users to encrypt their communication - strong cryptography alone is not able to protect against attacks that exploit side channels. Side channels allow the exploitation of information emanating from the physical device, such as electromagnetic radiation and power consumption.

The research focus can be tuned to your interests. You will be expected to investigate the different classes of attacks on smart mobile devices through the analysis of hardware and software requirements and design countermeasures using novel and creative ideas by studying the problem from different angles. Your findings will then be applied to other problem areas such as the Internet of Things.

The load of teaching will be calculated according to §3 of Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV, including names and email addresses of two references.
  • A copy of your Master’s degree transcript (with course names and grades).
  • A copy of your Master’s thesis.

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they are underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.


We are looking for a PhD candidate (m/f/d) with the following profile:

  • A Master’s degree in computer science or a relevant discipline.
  • Excellent programming skills.
  • A good command of spoken and written English.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with your peers and stakeholders.


Art der Beschäftigung
Zeitraum der Beschäftigung
3 years
TV-L E12/13
Donnerstag, 29. Oktober 2020 - 23:59


Hochschule / Einrichtung
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Institut / Einrichtung
Lehrstuhl für Systemsicherheit
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum, Deutschland
Frau Veelasha Moonsamy



Frau Veelasha Moonsamy



Ruhr-Universität Bochum | Lehrstuhl für Systemsicherheit

Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum