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One or more postdocs in Cyber Security

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, one or more positions as postdoc in Cyber Security are open for appointment from May 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions are available for 36 months. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of the largest departments at Aalborg University with a total of more than 230 employees. The department is internationally recognized in particular for its contributions within Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The research and teaching of the Department of Electronic Systems focus on electronic engineering and the activity areas are organized in the sections: Antennas, Propagation and Millimetre-wave Systems section (APMS), Automation Control section (Control), Connectivity section (CNT), Signal and Information Processing section (SIP), Wireless Communication Networks section (WCN) and Communication, Media and Information technologies (CMI). The department focuses on maintaining a close interplay with the university’s surroundings - locally, nationally and internationally – as well as producing unique basic research and educating talented and creative engineers. The department collaborates with leading ICT researchers all over the world.

Job description

We seek to appoint one ore more PostDocs to take part in research and knowledge exchange in the research project SecDNS. 

The SecDNS project is a research project carried out in collaboration between Technical University of Denmark, CSIS Security Group A/S, and Aalborg University. The project aims at investigating DNS-traffic in real-time in order to block requests to malicious domains. While this has traditionally been done using blacklists, this project will use machine learning and take into a count the insight from a large variety of data sources, including but not limited to domain names, IP addresses, registration data, times of registration, geolocation, traffic patterns for domains, and the use of certificates.The project combines the research knowledge of the universities with access to substantial amounts of data from the industrial partner CSIS as well as other collaboration partners. The project offers an opportunity to conduct research at a high international level while at the same time seeing the results materialise in concrete solutions implemented by a leading company in the field.

The main task(s) of the current positions is within the scope of the project, more specifically focusing on traffic analysis and machine learning. The work focuses on exploring various sub-classes of problems and deriving machine learning models and features for detection of e.g. phishing domains, abusive registrants and malware distribution.

In addition to the work on the project, the candidates should expect some teaching and dissemination in particular at M.Sc. and Master levels.

Ideally, the candidates have a relevant PhD degree in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering. In particular, knowledge of the following areas are desired: Cyber security, Computer networks, Network traffic analysis, DNS traffic, knowledge of IDS/IPS systems, machine learning and feature engineering. Knowledge of graph theory and theoretical machine learning will also be beneficial

You may obtain further professional information from Jens Myrup Pedersen, email: jens@es.aau.dk. 

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lisbeth Palmelund by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 7553 . Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here. 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

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