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Postdoctoral Positions in Security at the Computer Systems and Security Group


The Computer Systems Section in the Computer Science Dept. at the Vrije Universiteit is looking for a postdoc in security. The position if for 2 years with possible extension for a third year. The successful candidates must have a PhD in security and a strong publication record in the area of security. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in the more systems-oriented aspects of security. He or she must be capable of working in a team as well as proposing and pursuing new research topics. The PostDoc will also help supervising Ph.D. and Masters students, in security-related topics.

Project Description

The PostDoc will carry on research within the S-Mobile Project. S-Mobile is funded by STW Sentinels. The objective of S-Mobile is to create a framework and technological solutions for trusted deployment and execution of mobile applications in heterogeneous environments. A licence-based security mechanism will lie at the core of the framework. A licence will be associated to each application stating in detail what are the capabilities needed to be executed. A licence is a fine-grained claim done by a mobile application regarding the interaction with relevant security and privacy features of a mobile platform. Aim of the project is to develop solutions to assure that the licence will be enforced at time of delivery and loading, and during execution of the application by the mobile platform. The resulting new paradigm will support policies, thus applications, that cannot be supported by the actual security model.

Working Environment

Amsterdam is a lovely city to live and work in, with a temperate marine climate and much to offer in the way of culture, restaurants, night life, and fun things to do, as well as being well situated for travel all over Europe.

Salary depends on education and experience in conformance with university rules. This position is for two years. Start date: as soon as possible

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the names and email addresses of two professional references to Prof. Andrew Tanenbaum at ast@cs.vu.nl


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