Post Doc in Cyber Security
Royal Institute of Technology Division of Network and Systems Engineering

Postdoc in Cyber security: Attack simulations and mitigations

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 architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

The Division of Network and Systems Engineering at the school of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is conducting research relating attack graphs as a means to analyze the security posture of computer systems. Attack graphs are formal (often probabilistic) models over potential attack vectors in systems that encodes the difficulty of succeeding with attacks given various system conditions and defense mechanisms. Our research is largely devoted to developing various solutions for automating the generation of attack graphs. This includes for instance languages and formal methods for attack graph generation, automatic attack process mining through sensors and system indicators, data-driven attack graph tuning (based e.g. on threat intelligence), and optimization/self-learning techniques for secure design under economic and technical constraints.

The research results aim to support both security engineers working in contexts of Security Operation Centers (SOC) and Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) as well as in more tactical development and maintenance projects. We work closely organizations in the critical infrastructure domain, in particular the power sector, as well as the defense sector. We are involved in several national and international research projects and programs, including two H2020 projects.    

We are offering a two-year doctoral position in which the candidate will participate in ongoing research projects and contribute to the undergraduate education.

The Division of Network and Systems Engineering currently has ten faculty members, ten post docs, and about 20 PhD students.

What we offer

  • International workplace.
  • A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
  • Here you get colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic environment.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH



  • A doctoral degree in cyber security, IT security, information security, software engineering, computer science, or related field is required. The doctoral degree must have been obtained within the last three years from the application deadline (some exceptions for special grounds, for instance sick leave and parental leave).

  • Ideal candidates must have a strong background in at least a few of fields such as programming, formal methods and models, machine learning, cyber security, and penetration testing. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and ability to write peer reviewed papers.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Preferred qualifications

  • Research expertise
  • Educational ability
  • Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality
  • Teamwork
  • Independence

Trade union representatives

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Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Temporary employment for up to two years, or by agreement.

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH's work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 15 august or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2020-1116
  • Natasha Kapama, +46 8 7906000
Published 12.May.2020
Last application date 02.Jun.2020 11:59 PM CET

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