Open postdoc positions
We at the Secure Systems group at Aalto University
have several open positions for
postdoctoral researchers in system security. We are looking for people
with a variety of diffent backgrounds. If you have a passion for and a
track record in one (or more!) of the following areas, you may be the
right person for one of these openings:
- Platform Security: The increasing availability of hardware security
mechanisms in computing platforms can be used to build simpler but
more effective solutions for security privacy problems in a variety
of domains like cloud-assisted security services or
Internet-of-Things? Are you excited by opportunities to work with
Intel SGX or TrustZone-M or hardening the Linux kernel? Do you like to
work with low-level system software? Here are some examples of our recent work in this area:
C-FLAT and LO-FAT.
- Data analytics and security: Security researchers have
traditionally used machine learning for anomaly detection. We are
no exception (for example, see our recent work on efficiently
detecting phishing websites). Do you appreciate why the application
of data analytics to security/privacy problems is fundamentally
different from other applications of data analytics? Are you
intrigued by the possibility of using data analytics to make
security and privacy mechanisms more intuitive to use? Here are some examples of our recent work in this area:
Off-the-Hook, IoT Sentinel, STASH, and MiniONN.
- Distributed systems and blockchains: Bitcoin and its underlying technology of blockchains have
caught the imagination of researchers and practitioners not only in computer science but also across a wide range
of disciplines. Given the level of excitement and activity, it is critically important to understand the security and privacy guarantees in
blockchain-based systems. Do you understand traditional Byzantine consensus schemes? Are you excited by
the possibility of adapting them to work as the consensus layer to build future blockchain-based systems that are better than
today's systems not only in terms of security, privacy, scalability and throughput? Here are some examples of our recent
work in this area:
FastBFT and Fair payment schemes.
In addition to these core areas our work touches on several other
areas such as exploring security and privacy concerns in
or applying cryptographic techniques to solve
system security problems
Ensuring ease-of-use and improving
likelihood of deployment are two consistent themes that inform all our
the design choices we make in our work.
: If you are an excellent system security researcher but have not had
prior experience in any of these areas, we would still like to hear
from you. We can tailor positions that suit the expertise of excellent
About Secure Systems
The positions are in projects led by Prof. N. Asokan
. Asokan is a Professor at Aalto University. He joined the academia after a
long career as a security and privacy reseracher in leading industrial
research laboratories. The mission of the group is to find ways of
designing systems that are simultaneously secure, easy-to-use, and
inexpensive to deploy. The group is the home for the Helsinki "spoke"
of the Intel Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC)
In 2013, we won a Google Faculty Research
Award for our proposed research in contextual security. In the last
few years we have been publishing and presenting our work in top tier
security conferences (like ACM CCS and NDSS) and systems/networking
conferences (like WWW, PerCom, UbiComp and ICDCS). As a systems
security group, we believe in building (and breaking) things. As a
result, we also demonstrate our work in high profile industry events
(like BlackHat Europe and CeBIT). We collaborate with top security
researchers from academia and industry around the world.
To get a glimpse of the kind of work we do, take a look at
a quick overview presentation or
our project pages or our blog.
Secure Systems group is part of HAIC -- Helsinki Aalto Center for
Information Security directed by Prof. Asokan.
About these positions
As a postdoctoral researcher, you will help lead our activities in the
area of your expertise. You will be working with Prof. Asokan and
talented doctoral and MSc students involved in these activities which
span multiple on-going projects including:
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You have a profound understanding of the basic techniques in your
primary area of expertise in security/privacy research (e.g., platform
security or application of data analytics for security or secure distributed systems) and have
experience in applying them. You also have prior research experience
in this area as evidenced by publications in top notch venues.
In addition to subject matter expertise,
- you are excited about applying these skills to solve practical problems.
- you are eager write code and run experiments to test your ideas.
If you are interested in this position, drop a message
to Prof. Asokan
with your current CV and a description of why you
think you are a good fit.
Last modified: Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:33:36 +0200