Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Position for researcher/postdoc
At the Computer Systems Section, we are looking for candidates for
the new EU FP7 FORWARD project, expected to start in January 2007.
The aim of the coordination action (CA) FORWARD is to promote
collaboration and partnership between researchers from academia and
industry involved in the protection of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) infrastructures against cyber threats such as
malicious code (viruses, botnets, and spyware), spam, and
phishing. The goal is to identify, network, and coordinate the
multiple research efforts that are underway in these areas and
leveraging these efforts with other activities to build secure and
trusted ICT systems and infrastructures.
The main objectives of this project are to:
- Establish working groups to discuss best practices, progress
and priorities, setting the research agendas to be pursued in
Europe and identify possible new research areas and threats that
need to be address.
- Set up an online platform for regularly assessing and
reviewing the evolution of the threat landscape and the state of
the art in threat detection and prevention techniques.
- Organize workshops with relevant groups of experts from
industry and academia but also with policymakers for discussing
and presenting the emerging threat landscape, the ongoing
research in answer to these threats, and recommended actions to
be taken in partnership with industry and governments.
- Leverage the findings of individual working groups to describe
scenarios in which ad- versaries use a combination of attacks to
threaten the security and disrupt the lives of the people in the
European Union or its member states.
The core consortium consists of six leading academic institutions
that are well recognized for their broad expertise in different areas
of systems security and ICT threat defense. To ensure industrial
participation, this core consortium is complemented by an industrial
board that provides a platform for players from industry to contribute
to the project. For this board, we won representatives of 18 companies
that endorse FORWARD and its goals, as well as assert their
willingness to serve on the industrial board.
Participation in the project will be an excellent opportuntity to
interact and network with the major players in the research domain.
Role of the VU
In the starting phase of the project, the consortium will form a
number of working groups. Each working group will focus on one
specific threat (e.g., malicious code and malware propagation, social
engineering and fraud, etc.) The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will be
leading one of the working groups.
PhD or proven experience in the research area. Having
worked in the security industry is not by itself sufficient
Interested and qualified candidaters should send an application letter
including CV to
Herbert Bos: herbertb at cs dot
vu dot nl
Disclaimer: while the project is now accepted for
funding and pretty much finalised, the positions advertised are
subject to the signing of the contract by the consortium