Phd Position in Cyber Security, KTH, Stockholm

26 april 2018

At KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm a Doctoral Student Position in Cyber Security is available.  Prof. Mathias Ekstedt contacted us since he had been struggling to find good candidates.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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.

The Department of Network and Systems Engineering, belonging to The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, consists of around 30 faculty members, researchers and doctoral 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

This project is aimed at contributing to the on-going research in the area of model-based assessment and prediction of cyber security in system architectures conducted by the Software Systems Architecture and Security group. To this end so called attack graphs are used. The attack graphs, that are automatically generated from models of corporate IT infrastructures, are subjected to probabilistic inference, producing estimates of the time to compromise different assets in the system architecture. Developing such attack graphs lies at the core of the research project.

In particular this project will be focusing on information and control systems for smart power grids. Consequently the core of the project is to investigate and research components such as SCADA (Supervisory, Control And Data Acquisition) systems, PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), and RTUs (Remote Terminal Units) to identify potential attack vectors and defense mechanisms and to codify this in attack graphs for predicting cyber resilience of these components. The work will be conducted in close cooperation with several organizations in the Swedish power industry.

The doctoral student will be enrolled in a doctoral student program offering a large amount of 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 doctoral 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 be about to receive an MSc degree in computer science, software engineering, information systems, computer communication networks or similar. Specialization within IT security, statistics and machine learning, software modelling, and industrial control systems are particularly relevant.

The successful applicant should have strong 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 but also together with other colleagues. Good command of English orally and in writing is required to publish and present results at international conferences and in international journals.