Open Position: Postdoctoral Research in Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity research group (https://cybersecurityresearch.at/), headed by Prof. Elisabeth Oswald, is a relatively new group established in Austria’s sunny south. The group currently features a diverse range of members (from France, Iran, India, and China).

Current members work on topics such as leakage profiling, advanced leakage simulators, attacks (utilizing deep learning), statistical foundations, and hardware aspects of side channels. The group receives funding from the ERC, as well as local funding, and thus offers a supportive research environment (both financially as well as from a human perspective).

The group is looking to grow by one post-doctoral researcher and is particularly keen to expand their existing coverage of topics and  seeks researchers with an interest in (any of the following areas)

  • compilers/languages to support the secure implementation of cryptographic primitives
  • machine/deep learning
  • secure implementations (in particular in the context of RISC-V)

A good candidate for this position will have a background in either computer science, maths, or statistics (an MSc level degree with above-average grades is required), will have some relevant publications in any of these subjects in international conferences or journals, enjoy working with people in an international context, and love water, sun, and mountains.

The position is available immediately, applications will be considered on a rolling basis and we will fill the vacancy as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. To apply please send a brief
motivation letter, your CV, and transcripts of records of your MSc and BSc to the contact below.

The position has funding until 31.08.2023 at € 3.945,90 per month.

Please contact Elisabeth [dot] Oswald [at] aau [dot] at for informal inquiries

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and to submit your application.

Open Position: Student Researchers / Developers in Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity research group (https://cybersecurityresearch.at/), headed by Prof. Elisabeth Oswald, is a relatively new group established in Austria’s sunny south. The group currently features a diverse range of members (from France, Iran, India, and China).

Current members work on topics such as leakage profiling, advanced leakage simulators, attacks (utilizing deep learning), statistical foundations, and hardware aspects of side channels. The group receives funding from the ERC, as well as local funding, and thus offers a supportive research environment (both financially as well as from a human perspective).

The group is looking for support with its ongoing projects via paid student researchers. You could work for us some months, e.g. during the summer (via an internship), or join us for longer (only part-time). We consider students both on bachelor and master courses,provided they are in the areas of computer science, computer engineering, mathematics (if it includes some programming), or statistics/data science (provided you can at least do some scripting).

You do not need to be based in Klagenfurt, working from home is possible.

The projects that we are looking to support require skills in (either)

  • compilers/languages to support the secure implementation of cryptographic primitives, including the use of formal verification tools,
  • machine/deep learning
  • secure implementations (low-level programming, e.g. ARM assembly, RISC-V assembly)
  • software development (C++)

You will work with young scientists from across the globe (the current group members are from France, Iran, India and China), so good English language skills are vital too.

We will appoint multiple researchers, and the starting date is flexible.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply please send a brief motivation letter, your CV, and transcripts of records of your MSc/BSc to the contact below.

The rates will depend on your highest level of education: they are at € 1.073,10 per month for a part-time employment.

Please contact Elisabeth [dot] Oswald [at] aau [dot] at for informal inquiries and to submit your application.

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Digitalisierung | Foto: Freepik

PhD Students in Cybersecurity wanted!

The Cybersecurity Research Group – hosted at the university’s Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC) – is seeking to fill the post of a Phd-student within the area of Side Channel Resistent Embedded Systems.

The Cybersecurity Research group has been established with a clear interest in finding and eliminating information leaks in the context of embedded devices (they often exhibit a number of so called side channels). In this particular setting, the research team – led by Prof. Elisabeth Oswald – has developed a range of techniques that integrate well in a typical software flow and make leakage information transparent to a developer.

Currently, the group consists of one further lecturer, three postdocs, and two further PhD students who work in the areas of cryptography, statistical machine learning, embedded security, artificial intelligence and deep learning as well as crypto engineering.

The purpose of this studentship is to build on the existing work and add novel ideas including the automated tracing of leaks from lower-level code representations to the description in a higher-level language, the development of code transformation techniques to mitigate leaks automatically, etc. The successful applicant will work closely with Prof. Oswald and will develop into a researcher/engineer with a profound understanding of the challenges of leakage resilient development.

Requirements:

✓ Master’s level qualification in informatics, mathematics or other technical sciences
✓ strong background in embedded systems
✓ some background in low level programming and embedded systems
✓ Very good language skills in English (German optional)
✓ Willingness to work within an international team

The vacancy shall be filled as soon as possible.
If you are interested in this opportunity please consider applying with your CV and a motivational letter to elisabeth [dot] oswald [at] aau [dot] at

Master’s Thesis: Development of a software environment for an online study in management

Topic

The master thesis will contribute to an experimental research study carried out at the Department of Management Control and Strategic Management. You will work on the platform for an interactive online experiment that involves human decision makers in a laboratory setting. The focus of the experimental study is in the field of task formation in a complex environment. 

Timing

As soon as possible upon individual agreement

Prerequisites

Strong programming skills

Supervision of the master thesis

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dietmar Jannach
(dietmar [dot] jannach [at] aau [dot] at)

Department of Applied Informatics

Project team

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Rausch
(alexandra [dot] rausch [at] aau [dot] at)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stephan Leitner
(stephan [dot] leitner [at] aau [dot] at)

Department of Management Control and Strategic Management

Best Paper Award ICWI19

The paper by Claudia Steinberger and Joachim Frießer “Why and How to Capture the Semantics of Web User Interfaces” was regarded as one of the best papers of ICWI19 and received the Best Paper Award on November 9, 2019 in Cagliari.

Best Paper Awadr ICWI2019

Offene Stelle: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/ wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (DoktorandIn)

Artificial Intelligence im Software Engineering

Im Rahmen des vom FWF geförderten Projekts „iDEOS – Interactive Spreadsheet Debugging“ ist die Stelle eines/r wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters/-in (DoktorandIn) (Laufzeit 3.5 Jahre, Beschäftigungsausmaß 75%) zu vergeben.

Im Projekt werden neue Verfahren zur automatisierten Fehlersuche in Programmen auf Basis von Methoden der künstlichen Intelligenz entwickelt und praktisch erprobt. Primäres Anwendungsziel der Forschungsarbeiten sind Spreadsheets, welche in vielen Bereichen als Grundlage für wichtige Entscheidungen dienen.

Die Stelle kann ab 1. September besetzt werden. Voraussetzungen für die Anstellung sind ein einschlägiges Studium (z.B. Informatik, Informationsmanagement) sowie ein guter Studienerfolg.

Das Projekt ist eine Kooperation zwischen der TU Graz und der Universität Klagenfurt. Die Anstellung erfolgt an der TU Graz.

Weitere Auskünfte erhalten Sie bei:

Prof. Dietmar Jannach (dietmar [dot] jannach [at] aau [dot] at)
Institut für Angewandte Informatik

New research project on spreadsheet errors (FWF / iDEOS)

Spreadsheets based on Microsoft Excel are omnipresent in most organizations. Errors in these spreadsheets can however be highly problematic and a number of examples exist where wrong calculations led to severe financial loss for companies. A new joint project between researchers of AAU and TU Graz will address these problems and develop novel means that help users to detect and remove errors from spreadsheets.

The research project “Interactive Spreadsheet Debugging (iDEOS)” is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and will be led by Prof. Dietmar Jannach of the Department of Applied Informatics.

More information about debugging spreadsheets can be found in this research article.

We are looking for a doctoral student (75%) and a postdoctoral researcher (100%). Please contact Prof. Jannach in case you are interested. The project will last 3.5 years.

Job Announcement: We are hiring a University Assistant (Doctoral Student f/m)

The Department of Applied Informatics (Information Systems) invites applications for the position of a

University Assistant (f/m, prae doc)

Duration of employment: 4 years

Job description:

  • Scientific research with the goal to obtain a doctorate degree (PhD)
  • Participation in research projects
  • Teaching and supervision of students
  • Involvement in administration
  • Participation in public relations activities of the department and faculty Read more

Job Announcement: We are hiring an INSTITUTE TECHNICIAN (f/m)

The Department of Applied Informatics (Information Systems) invites applications for the position of an

INSTITUTE TECHNICIAN (f/m)!

Job description:

  • Technical support and maintenance of the operation of the workstation and training computers/devices, peripherals, networks as well as system and application software of the Department of Applied Informatics
  • Technical support of the special IT equipment, systems, networks and software required for teaching and research at the Department of Applied Informatics
  • Programming tasks that support the teaching activities and research projects of the Institute or are necessary for the fulfilment of the above-mentioned tasks

The beginning is as soon as possible.

Applications must be submitted no later than 28.11.2018, see the official Job Announcement (in German)!

Topic for a Master Thesis in Information Management

The following topic is offered at the Department of Applied Informatics:

“Analysis and design of an information and communication platform based on Confluence”

Web-based tools for information collection, information exchange and communication are nowadays common in many organisations. Typical examples are knowledge management systems, corporate wikis, discussion forums or file exchange systems.

Smaller companies are, however, often confronted with the problem that commercial solutions offer too much functionality for the planned use; at the same time, these system can only be adapted to the organisational requirements with some effort.

In the context of the master thesis the software system “Confluence” by the company Atlassian will be examined regarding its usability and applicability for a start-up company in the area of political and economic strategy development and communication. The expected result of the master thesis is a study of possible applications, limitations and alternatives to the mentioned software solution.

The topic is suitable for students of Information Management. Alternatively, the topic can also be worked on in the frame of  a “Praxis” (Section 6.1 of the curriculum).

For further information, please contact Prof. Dietmar Jannach, Research Group Information Systems.