PhD Position in cyber security and threat modeling of vehicle IT

June 19, 2017

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Become a part of world-leading research and education! The School of Electrical Engineering is one of ten schools at KTH. We conduct research and education in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Information Technology, Space, Fusion and Plasma Physics. The field of electrical and electronic engineering at KTH is internationally recognized and places high in international rankings. The school is responsible for bachelor and master programs in Electrical Engineering which are closely linked to our research fields. 450 people work together in an international environment in eight departments and in the Dean’s office.

At the Department of Electric Power and Energy Systems the Software Systems Architecture & Security group does research in cyber security, threat modeling, attack simulations, risk management, software engineering, and architecture modeling. The group staff consists of three professors, one post-doc, and and three PhD students who contribute to a high professional standard of intensive work and quality results, as well as to a friendly and open environment. The staff has a multicultural background and the working language is English. The department is internationally well established, has many research collaborations with excellent partners worldwide, and is involved in several European and national projects. 

Project description

Increasing use of computers and networking lead to increasing vulnerability of modern vehicles to cyberattacks. Due to the increasing complexity of systems, it is very difficult to manually map the large number of attack paths available to potential attackers. A clear understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities is a prerequisite for an efficient defense. Software tools for threat modeling and attack simulations can today be used to assess the probability that an attacker will reach the various parts of the vehicle system. These tools thus provide a useful evaluation of the security of a system, as well as the effects of system changes on the overall security. However, in the automotive domain, there are currently no tools available for threat modeling and simulation. The purpose of the project is to create a threat modeling and simulation language specifically tailored to automotive IT.

The PhD program in Electrical Engineering provides world class quality education, including a large list of graduate courses ensuring an in-depth development of relevant competences and skills.

KTH offers an attractive working environment, generous remuneration, as well as other employment benefits. As a PhD student at KTH you have many opportunities to participate at conferences, projects and other relevant events which will extend your professional network and benefit your future career.


The successful applicant is expected to hold or to be about to receive an MSc degree in computer science, information systems, electrical engineering, or similar. A specialization in cyber security is an asset.

The successful applicant should have an outstanding academic track record, and well developed analytical and problem solving skills. We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently. Good command of English orally and in writing is required to publish and present results at international conferences and in international journals.

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Log into KTH:s recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of the application period.

The application must include:

  1. CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents/ are not issued in one of these languages.
  3. Statement of purpose: Why do you want to pursue a PhD, what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; maximum 2 pages long.
  4. Representative publications or technical reports: Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents/ (e.g. theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  5. Letters of recommendation
  6. Contact information for two reference persons. We reserve us the right to contact references only for shortlisted candidates.


The employment is time limited following the regulations for Ph.D. employment in the Higher Education Ordinance (~ 5 years when 80% PhD studies and 20% department service including teaching). 

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment

Temporary position longer than 6 months

Contract type

Full time

First day of employment

According to agreement, preferably as soon as possible


Monthly salary according to KTH´s Ph.D. student salary agreement

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Last application date

15.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET