Open 2 Phd positions in Automotive Security TU\e

5 december 2016

We are looking for 2 PhD students at the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics of the Eindhoven University of Technology. The candidates will work in the Security group on the APPSTACLE project. The positions can be transformed in PostDoc positions if suitable candidates apply.

Project description

Today there exist many individual systems and services developed for special purposes and all of them require a specific plug-in equipment and system. They have been developed in silos without taking into account key evolution in the IT world, as for example the power of open ecosystems and the growing potential of cloud computing. To prevent this issue in the automotive domain and to meet the increasingly complex challenges of the automobile and other transportation vehicles, an integrated sustainable open solution is needed.

APPSTACLE aims to establish and exploit an integrated ecosystem solution in the context of automotive industry. A modular, interoperable platform based on open standards and protocols for application developers would open new business opportunities for existing providers but at the same time introduce a business platform for application developers and traditional car manufacturers. The results will make benefits for cars and transportation vehicles that are connected to in-vehicle interfaces (OBD, CAN...), have wireless interface adapters, and include modular platform services that connect in-car data and Internet to the applications via open application programming interfaces. These all-together enable smart driving, security and safety, use of social media, on-the-air updates and services, entertainment applications, and collecting data from transportation experiences in many different levels.

Within the APPSTACLE project, one PhD student will focus on authorization solutions for car2infrastructure communication, whereas the goal of the other PhD student is to investigate solutions for increasing the security of in-vehicle communications by developing anomaly detection techniques capable of identifying deviations in device communication patterns.

An extensive project description is available on request.


  • carry out research within the project, in cooperation with the other parties involved;
  • develop and maintain the tools required by the project, in cooperation with the other parties involved;
  • contribute to the writing of scientific papers;
  • finishing a PhD thesis within four years;
  • a small contribution to the teaching activities of the Security group may be asked.

Job requirements

We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:

  • a MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics or closely related field with above average results;
  • (applicants for a PostDoc position require a PhD degree);
  • a research oriented attitude;
  • interest in computer security;
  • knowledge of Java;
  • knowledge  of formal methods and computer networks is a plus;
  • good communicative skills in English, both written and oral;
  • ability to work in a team, cooperate with the industrial partners;

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • a full-time employment as a PhD-candidate for a period of 4 years;
  • a gross salary of € 2.191 per month in the first year increasing up 
  • to  €2.801  in the fourth year;
  • annually 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year allowance;
  • support with your personal development and career planning including 
  • courses, summer schools, conference visits etc.;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, child care, moving expenses, savings schemes, coverage of costs of publishing the dissertation and excellent sports facilities).


The application should consist of the following parts:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a Curriculum Vitae;
  • copies of your diplomas together with the list of grades, and other 
  • relevant certificates;
  • names and addresses of two referees;
  • proof of English language skills (if applicable);
  • a 2-page research statement about the project topics.

Applications should be submitted by January 15th at


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