One or More PhD Stipends in Network Analysis Platform for Cyber Security
Aalborg University, Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems



At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, one ore more PhD stipends in Network Analysis Platform for Cyber Security are available within the general study programme Wireless Communications. The stipends are open for appointment from 1 January 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.


The Department of Electronic Systems is expanding its activities on cyber security, and as part of this expansion the research group in cyber security is building a unique virtual platform for cyber security training, funded by Industriens Fond. The platform has already gained wide recognition in Denmark, where it is developed in close collaboration with companies and other educational institutions, but also internationally: It was recently accepted for demonstration at Blackhat Europe in December 2019. It provides the participants easy access to a secure and contained environment for solving challenges related to cyber security, and a place to try out the methods and techniques they learned.

A new project that is complementing the training platform will be developing a network analysis platform that will support both research and training. The platform will make it possible to create advanced network training scenarios for red team/blue team scenarios (with multiple attackers and multiple targets), but also serve as a platform for generating advanced virtual network configurations that can be used for network emulation and data generation for research purposes. The platform should make it possible to automatize the process of setting up such environments, support the process of generating realistic behavior (e.g. traffic generation) and be deployable on different types of host platforms.

This PhD stipend(s) will focus on the development and implementation of this network analysis platform. To do this, a number of research questions need to be addressed, including:

- How to create virtual network environments, which include a large variety of devices including computers/servers, IoT devices, SCADA systems and much more?

- How to model and emulate behaviors of users and systems in complex network scenarios, with a strong need for automatic configurations?

- How to generate realistic benign and malicious traffic within complex network scenarios?

- How to monitor and visualise the state(s) of such a virtual network setup, especially when being used for red team/blue team exercises?

- How to generate research data (e.g. for malware and attack behaviors)?

- How to model devices and systems (creation of digital twins) in an accurate yet work/time efficient manner?

It is expected that the research contributions will be not only in terms of scientific papers, but also in tools and datasets that can be widely adopted within the research community.

In addition to the work on the project, the candidate should expect some teaching and dissemination in particular at M.Sc. and Master levels. The intention is that the teaching should be related to the use of the network analysis platform and/or the cyber training platform.

Ideally, the candidate has a relevant M.Sc. degree in computer engineering, computer science or electrical engineering. In particular, knowledge of the following areas are desired: Cyber security, computer networks, distributed systems, network traffic analysis, virtualisation and virtual environments, system design and development. 

You may obtain further information from Associate Professor Jens Myrup Pedersen, Department of Electronic Systems, phone +45 2184 7931, email:, concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT adn Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email:, phone: +45 9940 9589.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

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


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.




Sun Nov 10 00:00:00 CET 2019

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