ESSENTIAL
Evolving Security SciencE through Networked Technologies, Information policy And Law
Who?
We’re looking for – The best – from anywhere in the world.
Why?
To receive a unique Joint PhD. Fifteen (15) positions available.
Where?
To carry out research in at least two universities in Australia, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Romania.
How?
Generously funded, fully paid PhD – with travel, accommodation, fees and all necessary funding included.
Different topics are being handled by combinations of different partner universities –each topic will require prior knowledge which is indicated in the profile of the Early Stage Researcher (ESR). Check whether you are eligible to apply and which position is most suitable for your qualifications, experience and research ambitions by going through the list of fifteen (15) ESR positions being made available.
How to apply
Check the profile for each ESR
Check whether your profile matches the one advertised
Check whether it matches more than one ESR position
Decide which University hosting an ESR and which matches your profile, follow the link and apply there
If your profile matches another ESR position which may be your second preference then follow the link and apply there
ESRs Profiles
ESR01 - Eco-systems enhancing privacy options (OPEN)

Application status: Open.

Organisation
This position is one of 15 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellowships funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), under the European Commission’s H2020 Work Programme. The selected ESRs will conduct doctoral research on a unique research topic as part of the project “Evolving Security SciencE through Networked Technologies, Information policy And Law (ESSENTIAL)”.  ESSENTIAL seeks to: a) train interdisciplinary security experts and professionals to tackle security threats in a systematic manner and b) increase societal resilience and security by addressing in an interdisciplinary manner 15 research topics associated with long-standing problems in the field of security science.  This ESR is jointly supervised by the University of Groningen and “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy (MVNIA), Romania.

This position is hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. The Faculty of Law is a modern, internationally oriented institution with a four-hundred-year-long tradition. The Faculty of Law has over 3700 students and almost 350 staff members and is thus one of the largest faculties of the University of Groningen. The selected candidate will work with other colleagues in the Security, Technology and e-Privacy Research Group (STeP) organised within the Department of European and Economic Law. STeP consists of an interdisciplinary team of researchers collaborating with other departments in the faculty and/or funded by externally raised funds and international guests-researchers. The team covers many areas of information policy & technology law including privacy, data protection, security sciences, surveillance, cybercrime, self-regulation and health informatics. The STeP Research Group currently co-ordinates and participates in a number of European funded projects researching themes similar to this call.

Job description
This research project (ESR01) will research: Eco-systems enhancing privacy options.

Objectives: The research seeks to propose a comprehensive framework for the protection of the human right to privacy and personal data in digital ecosystems. The framework will derive its elements from human rights law and jurisprudence, security science, and information and technology (IT) governance.

Expected outcomes: The overall result is a dissertation identifying a comprehensive framework for the protection of the human right to privacy and personal data in a complex digital ecosystem. The framework should ensure that the utility that digital ecosystems deliver to citizens does not compromise their human rights and freedoms including the right to privacy and personal data. Thus, the framework will resemble the ideal point at which the benefits of a digital ecosystem and the rights and freedoms of its users co-exist.   ESR1 will publish regularly in specialised peer-reviewed journals, participate and present in one workshop and prepare two research reports and a final dissertation.

Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, RUG.

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Marian Sebe, “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy (MVNIA), Romania.

Planned secondments: at “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy (MVNIA), Romania; Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway and Synergetics NV group (SYN), Belgium.

Qualifications
Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree/or equivalent Required knowledge Required Expertise
ESR-01 Law Law Computer Science/Information Technology
Science/Social Sciences/ Humanities Science/Social Sciences/ Humanities Law/Human Rights/Privacy and Data Protection Computer Science/Information Technology
Computer Science/Information Technology Science/Social Sciences/ Humanities Law/Human Rights/Privacy and Data Protection
Science/Social Sciences/ Humanities Computer Science/Information Technology Law/human Rights/Privacy and Data Protection

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – an overall score of at least 94 with a score of at least 25 in the writing section and 23 in each of the other sections.
  • Academic IELTS – an overall score of at least 7 with a score of at least 7 in the writing component and 6.5 in each of the other components.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

Selection criteria

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • Candidates with a proven track record in the fields of law of privacy and data protection, human rights law, or computer science/IT will be given preference.
  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, computer science research methods, legal research methods, and legal research databases.

Personal attributes

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be— at the date of recruitment — an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree);
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e.  move  from  one  country  to  another)  when  taking  up  their  appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion.  Rather the location of the researcher’s residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.

Condition of employment
The position offered is for three years (36 months) at full time employment. Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another two years. Prolongation of the appointment is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the appointment period is to be expected.
In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 38,924.76 per year. Note that this rate includes the employer’s costs i.e. national insurance contribution and government bonus. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher (all amounts stated are before taxation).

The starting date is 1 April 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application
You may apply for this position until 20 March 2017 23H59 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should include:

  • Motivation letter (500 words).
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 24th March 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 27th March 2017.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Information
For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact Prof. dr. Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici at  g.p.mifsud.bonnici transparent.snailstep-rug.nl

(please do not use for application)

Additional information

For more information on the ESSENTIAL project and the 15 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellowships available please visit: http://www.essentialresearch.eu/

Where to apply

http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S0005DTP

ESR02 - Interoperability and reverse engineering of data policies (OPEN)

Application status: Open.

Research project: Interoperability and reverse engineering of data policies.

Host institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

Objectives: Predicting the future of morphing the current, unified Internet into a heterogeneously networked Ecosystem of Ecosystems demands the study and design of ecosystem architectures and protocols. The objective of the research is to study data policies in the challenging intersection of resource-constrained digital environments, as well as organisational, national and European information policies and laws.

Expected outcomes: The research will explore new knowledge and technological proof-of-concepts in answering the following research questions: (i) How can lightweight policies be expressed in a manner usable by complex system? (ii) Which policies are mandatory to comply with organisational, national, European policies and laws (which kind of restrictions and for which data?), (iii) How should data encode policy restrictions, and ensure that when sharing data, policies are adhered to? Final deliverables of the research are participation and report in one workshop, 2 research reports, 1 software demonstrator, dissertation.

Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Katrin Franke, NTNU.

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands.

Planned secondments:

Host 1: University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands.

Host 2: MNEMONIC, Norway

Host 3: University of Malta (UOM), Malta.

Eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

 

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree/or equivalent Required knowledge Required Expertise
ESR-02 Information Technology/Computer Science Law
Information Technology/Computer Science Information Technology/Computer Science Law/Privacy and Data Protection
Information Technology/Computer Science Law
Science, Social Sciences and Humanities Science, Social Sciences and Humanities Law/Privacy and Data Protection Information Technology

/Computer Science

 

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24.
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element.
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • Candidates with a proven track record in the law of privacy and data protection, human rights law, or computer science/IT will be given preference.
  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, legal research methods, and legal research databases.

Personal attributes:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.

 

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be— at the date of recruitment — an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree);
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

 

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e.  move  from  one  country  to  another)  when  taking  up  their  appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion.  Rather the location of the researcher’s residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.

For further information on Marie Skłodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/funded-projects/how-to-manage/iapp/index_en.htm

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please Prof. Katrin Franke at katrin.franke transparent.snail ntnu.no

Conditions of Award:

Organisation: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

School/Department: NISlab – Norwegian Information Security laboratory

Position:  PhD Research fellow

Contract type: Temporary.

Status: Full-time.

Hours of work:  37.7

Duration: 36 months.

Salary: In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 49,225.08 per year. Note that this rate includes the employer’s costs i.e. national insurance contribution and government bonus. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher (all amounts stated are before taxation).

Starting date: 1 May 2017

Application deadline: 4 January 2017

Application components:

  • Motivation letter (500 words).
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

Where to apply:

http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/131058/phd-early-stage-researcheresr-position-in-interoperability-and-reverse-engineering-of-data-policies

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 9th January 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 16th January 2017.

ESR03 - Big Data Forensics: Large-scale crime analysis and prevention (OPEN)

Application status: Open.

Research project: Big Data Forensics: Large-scale crime analysis and prevention.

Host institution: University of Groningen (RUG), The Netherlands.

Objectives: Criminal analysis in the modern digital society is becoming increasingly data intensive and widely distributed. It is common practice to seize data carriers that are believed to contain relevant evidence material. This project will contribute to the analysis of crime by using advanced computational methods and architectures, interacting closely with the evidence and media-content analysis ESR topics.

Expected outcomes: Research will enhance the ability to effectively acquire and analyse data, events, processes and sensor-fused evidence and contextual information with a high degree of automation. Expected results comprise: (i) Automating workflows for evidence acquisition, analysis, and presentation, (ii) Designing large-scale, distributed case management and information systems, and (iii) Prototyping and testing of software modules based on state of the art forensic research.

Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Katrin Franke (NTNU).

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Zeno Geradts (NFI), The Netherlands, Prof. dr. Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands.

Planned secondments:

Host 1: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

Host 2: Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), The Netherlands

Host 3: Økokrim, Norway.

Eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

 

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree/or equivalent Required knowledge Required Expertise
ESR-03 Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital forensics Law Analytics
Law Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital Forensics Analytics
Law Enforcement/Intelligence Studies Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital Forensics Analytics

 

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

 

Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • Candidates with a proven track record in the fields of evidence law, digital forensics, or computer science/IT will be given preference.
  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has had work experience in the fields of digital forensics, criminal investigation, automated data processing, pattern matching, data aggregation.
  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, experimental design, statistical methods and mastery of relevant statistical software.

 

Personal attributes:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard

 

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be— at the date of recruitment — an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree);
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

 

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e.  move  from  one  country  to  another)  when  taking  up  their  appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion.  Rather the location of the researcher’s residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.

For further information on Marie Skłodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/funded-projects/how-to-manage/iapp/index_en.htm

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact Prof. dr. Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici at g.p.mifsud.bonnici transparent.snail step-rug.nl

Conditions of Award:

Organisation: University of Groningen (RUG), The Netherlands.

School/Department: Faculty of Law.

Position: PhD-student.

Contract type: Temporary.

Status: Full-time (1 FTE).

Hours of work:  38 hours per week.

Duration: 36 months.

Salary: In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 38,924.76 per year. Note that this rate includes the employer’s costs i.e. national insurance contribution and government bonus. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher (all amounts stated are before taxation).

Starting date: 1 June 2017

Application deadline: 20 March 2017 23H59 Dutch local time

Application components:

  • Motivation letter (500 words).
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

Where to apply:

http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S0005EPP

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 24th March 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 27th March 2017.

ESR04 - The Impact of New Technological Advancements on Security Behaviors (OPEN)

Status: Open.

Research project: The Impact of New Technological Advancements on Security Behaviors.

Host Institution: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy.

Objectives: The scope of this research is to examine the security related changes that law enforcement and intelligence organizations need to consider for maintaining a good security posture in respect to citizens when a technology change occurs. In particular, this project will focus on how citizen behaviour is affected as the new application or tool gains momentum and what should be the adequate law-enforcement and intelligence response to these changes.

Expected outcomes: The overall result of this research is a dissertation including theoretical and practical approaches to the societal and individual impact of the introduction of new technologies from a security perspective. As part of the process of researching and exploring this challenging theme the candidate will present the ongoing research in at least two conferences. The candidate will publish at least two peer-reviewed journal articles analysing current features of security /intelligence cultures in Europe and beyond, participate and present in one workshop write two research reports and a final dissertation.

Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Marian Sebe.

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Noellie Brockdorff.

Planned secondments:

Host 1: University of Malta – Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, Malta

Host 2: University of Groningen – Faculty of Law – Security Technology & e-Privacy Research Group, Netherlands

Host 3: Okokrim (Norway)

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree Required knowledge Required expertise
ESR-04 Engineering & Technology

 

Engineering & Technology Especially IT Analytics but not limited to (other relevant knowledge will be assessed)  

 

 

Law

Social Science

 

Sociology/ Psychology/ Anthropology

 

Sociology/ Psychology/ Anthropology
Cultural Studies/ Security Studies Cultural Studies/ Security Studies

 

Law and Legal Science

Other relevant social sciences degree

Law and Legal Science

 

In the case where a number of candidates meet and/or surpass the above indicated criteria further qualitative criteria may be applied for selection, including ranking I first and second degrees (e.g. distinction, class of degree and/or placing in top percentile within cohort)

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction need to present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24.
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element.
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline. 

Selection criteria:

  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has had work experience in the field of engineering, sociology/psychology, cultural/security studies or research in the fields.
  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has publications in academic journals and/or ranked conferences.
  • The candidate should possess critical reasoning, abstract thinking, creative thinking, conceptual literacy, computer literacy, foreign language proficiency, master of basic research methodology, proficiency in information selection and synthesis, ability to innovate, structured analytical thinking.
  • The candidate should also be disciplined and possess trained intellectual ability to withstand effort.

Personal attributes:

  • Sharp, logical thinking
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Active listening, teaming, collaborative.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.

 

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Romania for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be within 4 years of the diploma granting you access to doctorate studies at the time of recruitment and has not yet been awarded the doctorate degree.
  • The candidate may be of any nationality.
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

For further information on Marie Skłodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/funded-projects/how-to-manage/iapp/index_en.htm

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please in writing Professor dr. Marian Sebe at msebe transparent.snail dci.ro

Organisation: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy

School/Department: Doctoral School

Position: PhD student

Contract type: Study Agreement

Status: Full-time

Starting date: 1 May 2017

Hours of work:  40 hours per week (Monday to Friday)

Duration: 36 months

Salary: In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 25,489.56 per year. Note that this rate does not include the health insurance contribution, which the successful candidate is expected to pay monthly in Romania, according to the EU provisions in health insurance system for EU and non-EU citizens. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher (all amounts stated are before taxation).

Application timetable: 8 February 2017 – 10 March 2017.

How to apply:

Apply by the following documents:

  • Motivation letter (500 words);
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and the names and contact information of 2 referees;
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts;
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words);
  • English proficiency results if applicable;
  • Copy of your ID (passport);
  • Birth certificate – copy and authorized translation;
  • Copy of the document that attests your residence;
  • Application for a Letter of Acceptance to studies in Romania;
  • Copy and authorized translation of your High school diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Copy and authorized translation of your Bachelor degree diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Copy and authorized translation of your Master degree diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Transcripts – copies and authorized translations, related to the studies you have already completed (High school, BA/MA degrees);
  • Language certificate;
  • Medical certificate (translated in English) which proves that the person applying for the position does not suffer from any contagious diseases, or other illnesses incompatible with the future profession.

Where to apply

Please send all the required documents to the following e-mail address: animv transparent.snail sri.ro.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 14th March 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 20th March 2017.

ESR05 - Reconciling performance, privacy and pecuniary benefit in off-site computing (CLOSED)
ESR06 - Standards in Digital Evidence (CLOSED)
ESR07 - Tools and methods for measuring citizens’ perceptions of security and intelligence issues (CLOSED)
ESR08 - Multi-media Content Including Image Analysis and Visual Identification of People in Crowded Spaces (OPEN)

Status: Open.

Research project: Multi-media Content Including Image Analysis and Visual Identification of People in Crowded Spaces.

Host Institution: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy

Objectives: Since a large part of the society’s digital life consists of the production and usage of multi-media content, societal security and crime prevention needs also media-content analysis. This research aims at exploring better technical ways for law enforcement and intelligence stakeholders to use image analysis and identification in crowded spaces for security and safety purposes. The research provides a deeper understanding of artefacts found in multimedia content and advanced computational methods to reveal traces of abnormal activities in complex, unstructured multimedia content

Expected outcomes: Computational methods, policies and legal regulations for (i) processing of video, images, audio, and other multimedia content, (ii) forensically sound methods for signals, image, and video analysis, knowledge extraction, automatic categorisation, and indexing of multimedia content, (iii) content analysis of multimedia data in the absents of structure and metadata, (iv) detection and reconstruction of abnormal activities from multimedia content. The candidate will be expected to publish two peer-reviewed journal articles, participate and present in one workshop, write two research reports and a Ph.D. Thesis.

Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Irena Chiru.

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Craig Valli.

Planned secondments:

Host 1: Edith Cowan University – Security Research Institute (Australia)

Host 2: Advanced Technology Institute (Romania)

Host 3: Netherlands Forensic Institute – Digital Technology and Biometry (Netherlands)

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree Required knowledge Required expertise
ESR-08 Computer Sciences/ Engineering & Technology Computer Sciences/ Engineering & Technology

 

 

 

 

 

Especially Analytics Law but not limited to (other relevant knowledge will be assessed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Science

 

Mathematics/ Statistics

 

Mathematics/ Statistics
Sociology/ Intelligence and Security Studies Sociology/ Intelligence and Security Studies

 

Cognitive Science

Other relevant social sciences degree

Cognitive Science

 

In the case where a number of candidates meet and/or surpass the above indicated criteria further qualitative criteria may be applied for selection, including ranking I first and second degrees (e.g. distinction, class of degree and/or placing in top percentile within cohort)

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction need to present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24.
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element.
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

Selection criteria:

  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has had work experience in the field of computer sciences/engineering, sociology, mathematics/statistics, intelligence and security studies or research in the fields
  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has publications in academic journals and/or ranked conferences
  • The candidate should possess critical reasoning, abstract thinking, creative thinking, conceptual literacy, computer literacy, foreign language proficiency, master of basic research methodology, proficiency in information selection and synthesis, ability to innovate, structured analytical thinking
  • The candidate should also be disciplined and possess trained intellectual ability to withstand effort.

Personal attributes:

  • Sharp, logical thinking
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups
  • Active listening, teaming, collaborative
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard
  • Perceptive, intuitive

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Romania for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be within 4 years of the diploma granting you access to doctorate studies at the time of recruitment and has not yet been awarded the doctorate degree.
  • The candidate may be of any nationality.
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

For further information on Marie Skłodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/funded-projects/how-to-manage/iapp/index_en.htm

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact in writing Professor dr. Irena Chiru at ichirutransparent.snaildcti.ro

Organisation: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy

School/Department: Doctoral School

Position: PhD student

Contract type: Study Agreement

Status: Full-time

Starting date: 1 May 2017

Hours of work: 40 hours per week (Monday to Friday)

Duration: 36 months

Salary: In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 25,489.56 per year. Note that this rate does not include the health insurance contribution, which the successful candidate is expected to pay monthly in Romania, according to the EU provisions in health insurance system for EU and non-EU citizens. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher (all amounts stated are before taxation).

Application timetable:  8th of February 2017 – 10th of March 2017

How to apply:

Apply by submitting the following documents:

  • Motivation letter (500 words);
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and the names and contact information of 2 referees;
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts;
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words);
  • English proficiency results if applicable;
  • Copy of your ID (passport);
  • Birth certificate – copy and authorized translation;
  • Copy of the document that attests your residence;
  • Application for a Letter of Acceptance to studies in Romania;
  • Copy and authorized translation of your High school diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Copy and authorized translation of your Bachelor degree diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Copy and authorized translation of your Master degree diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Transcripts – copies and authorized translations, related to the studies you have already completed (High school, BA/MA degrees);
  • Language certificate;
  • Medical certificate (translated in English) which proves that the person applying for the position does not suffer from any contagious diseases, or other illnesses incompatible with the future profession.

Where to apply

Please send all the required documents to the following e-mail address: animvtransparent.snailsri.ro.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 14th March 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 20th March 2017.

ESR09 - Aggregation and linkage of evidential values (OPEN)

Application status: Open.

Research project: Aggregation and linkage of evidential values.

Host institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

Objectives: Evidence derived from computing and network infrastructures using digital forensics techniques is playing an increasingly important role, e.g. in corporate compliance activities, criminal investigations, counter terrorism and intelligence operations. Investigators and intelligence analysts demand the possibility to enrich the collected evidence with information from open sources, e.g. data available on the Internet. The objective of the research is to establish an evidence value and quality-assessment framework that allows the linkage and aggregation of digital evidence in a closed and in an open ecosystem.

Expected outcomes: The research will produce (i) quantified and measurable indicators for social-technical ecosystems (context), (ii) quantified and measurable indicators for quality of evidence (artefact), (iii) statistical framework and methods to establish the evidential value of an artefact/abnormality given a certain context, (iv) evidence analysis, aggregation and decision making by means of proof-of-concept. The ESR will be required to publish two peer-reviewed articles, participate and present in one workshop, write two research reports, produce 1 software demonstrator and a final dissertation.

Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Katrin Franke (NTNU).

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Craig Valli, Edith Cowan University – Security Research Institute (ECU), Australia.

Planned secondments:

Host 1: Edith Cowan University – Security Research Institute (Australia).

Host 2: Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy.

Host 3: Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), Netherlands.

Eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

 

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree/or equivalent Required knowledge Required Expertise
ESR-09 Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital forensics Law Analytics
Law Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital Forensics Analytics
Law Enforcement/Intelligence Studies Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital Forensics Analytics

 

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • Candidates with a proven track record in the fields of evidence law, digital forensics, or computer science/IT will be given preference.
  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has had work experience in the fields of digital forensics, criminal investigation, automated data processing, pattern matching, data aggregation.
  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, experimental design, statistical methods and mastery of relevant statistical software.

Personal attributes:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard

 

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be— at the date of recruitment — an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree);
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

 

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e.  move  from  one  country  to  another)  when  taking  up  their  appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion.  Rather the location of the researcher’s residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.

For further information on Marie Skłodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/funded-projects/how-to-manage/iapp/index_en.htm

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact Prof. dr. Katrin Franke at katrin.franke transparent.snail ntnu.no

Conditions of Award:

Organisation: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

School/Department: NISlab – Norwegian Information Security laboratory

Position:  PhD Research fellow

Contract type: Temporary.

Status: Full-time.

Hours of work:  37.7 hours per week

Duration: 36 months.

Salary: In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 49,225.08 per year. Note that this rate includes the employer’s costs i.e. national insurance contribution and government bonus. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher   (all amounts stated are before taxation).

Starting date: 1 April 2017

Application deadline: 4 January 2017

Application components:

  • Motivation letter (500 words).
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

Where to apply:

https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/131064/phd-early-stage-researcheresr-position-in-aggregation-and-linkage-of-evidential-values

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 9th January 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 16th January 2017.

ESR10 - ID Management (CLOSED)
ESR11 - Rethinking national legislative frameworks for intelligence agencies (CLOSED)
ESR12 - Reliability and admissibility of forensic evidence (OPEN)

Application status: Open.

Research project: Reliability and admissibility of forensic evidence.

Host institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Objectives: The objective is to develop a conceptual framework for evaluating the reliability of digital evidence. The so-called Daubert standard shall be translated from the contemporary analysis of physical evidence in the offline world, to the emerging challenge of forensic investigations in the digital, online world. Special focus shall be given to reliability and admissibility of online forensic methods and tools.

Expected outcomes: Main result of the research will be the conceptual framework for evaluating the reliability of digital evidence and the methods used to derive them. Research contributes to a deeper understanding if possible implications of: (i) Applying computational methods for compression/ dimensionality reduction that inherit a possible loss of relevant information, (ii) Representing a phenomena with computational parameters that may falsely represent relevant knowledge or information, (iii) Reliability of methods applied to gather/analyse evidence.

Main supervisor: Assoc. Prof. dr. Stefan Axelsson (NTNU).

Co-supervisor: Dr. Oleksandr Pastukhov, University of Malta (UOM), Malta, Prof. dr. Katrin Franke, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

Planned secondments:

Host 1: University of Malta (UOM), Malta.

Host 2: University of Groningen (RUG) – Faculty of Law – Security Technology & e-Privacy Research Group, Netherlands.

Host 3: ERICSSON, Sweden.

Eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

 

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree/or equivalent Required knowledge Required Expertise
ESR-12 Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital forensics Law Analytics
Law Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital Forensics Analytics
Law Enforcement/Intelligence Studies Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital Forensics Analytics

 

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

 

Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • Candidates with a proven track record in the fields of evidence law, digital forensics, or computer science/IT will be given preference.
  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has had work experience in the fields of digital forensics, criminal investigation, automated data processing, pattern matching, data aggregation.
  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, experimental design, statistical methods and mastery of relevant statistical software.

Personal attributes:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard

 

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be— at the date of recruitment — an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree);
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

 

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e.  move  from  one  country  to  another)  when  taking  up  their  appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion.  Rather the location of the researcher’s residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.

For further information on Marie Skłodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/funded-projects/how-to-manage/iapp/index_en.htm

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact Assoc. Prof. dr. Stefan Axelsson at stefan.axelsson transparent.snail ntnu.no

Conditions of Award:

Organisation: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

School/Department: NISlab – Norwegian Information Security laboratory

Position:  PhD Research fellow

Contract type: Temporary.

Status: Full-time.

Hours of work: 37.7 hours

Duration: 36 months.

Salary: In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 49,225.08 per year. Note that this rate includes the employer’s costs i.e. national insurance contribution and government bonus. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher (all amounts stated are before taxation).

Starting date: 1 June 2017

Application deadline: 4 January 2017

Application components:

  • Motivation letter (500 words).
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

Where to apply:

http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/131065/phd-early-stage-researcheresrposition-in-reliability-and-admissibility-of-forensic-evidence

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 9th January 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 16th January 2017.

ESR13 - Cryptography, end-to-end trust assurance and legal interception (OPEN)

Application status: Open.

Research project: Cryptography, end-to-end trust assurance and legal interception.

Host institution: Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia.

Objectives
This research investigates how current advances in cryptography change traditional methods of legal interception of data. The objective here is to understand the changes in the technical situation, e.g. the increasing practice of users to deploy military-grade encryption for daily communications; and the effect of these changes on the daily tasks of law enforcement and intelligence services. The study will also examine whether changes in the legal frameworks may also be required as a result of the use of modern cryptographic tools.

Expected outcomes
The overall result will be a theoretically sound and practically precise analysis of the current and future scenarios of cryptography, end-to-end trust assurance and legal interception. ESR13 will publish regularly in specialised peer-reviewed journals on cyber security  or law journals, focussing on cryptography its use in securing communications and legal interception thereof. The ESR will also participate and present in one workshop and write two research reports and a final dissertation.

Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Craig Valli, Edith Cowan University–Security Research Institute (ECU), Australia.

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands.

Planned secondments:

Host 1: University of Groningen – Faculty of Law – Security Technology & e-Privacy Research Group (Netherlands).

Host 2: Advanced Technology Institute (Romania). 

Host 3: MNEMONIC (Norway).

Eligibility criteria
Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

 

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree/or equivalent Required knowledge Required Expertise
ESR-13 Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital forensics Law Cryptography
Law Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital Forensics Cryptography
Social Science Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital Forensics Cryptography Law
Law Enforcement/Intelligence Studies Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Digital Forensics Cryptography Law

 

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24.
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element.
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

 

Selection criteria

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • Candidates with a proven track record in the fields of legal interception, telecommunications, cryptography or computer science/IT will be given preference.
  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has had work experience in the fields of lawful interception, cryptanalysis, criminal investigation, intelligence operations, secure communication systems, mobile device forensics.
  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, experimental design, statistical methods and mastery of relevant statistical software.

Personal attributes

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.

 

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Australia for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be— at the date of recruitment — an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree);
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e.  move  from  one  country  to  another)  when  taking  up  their  appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion.  Rather the location of the researcher’s residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact Prof Craig Valli at c.valli transparent.snail ecu.edu.au

Conditions of Award:

Organisation: Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia

School/Department: School of Science/ECU Security Research Institute.

Position: PhD Candidate – EU ESSENTIAL Project.

Contract type: Temporary.

Status: Full-time student.

Hours of work:  37.5 hours per week.

Duration: 36 months.

Salary: In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 39,186.00 per year. Note that this rate includes the employer’s costs i.e. national insurance contribution and government bonus. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher  (all amounts stated are before taxation).

Starting date: 1 July 2017

Application deadline: 10 March 2017

Application components:

  • Motivation letter (500 words).
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

Where to apply:

http://www.ecu.edu.au/scholarships/details/cryptography,-end-to-end-trust-assurance-and-legal-interception

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 14th March 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 20th March 2017.

ESR14 - Cost-effectiveness in cyber-threat-related law-enforcement and intelligence operations (OPEN)

Application status: Open.

Research project: Cost-effectiveness in cyber-threat-related law-enforcement and intelligence operations.

Organisation
This position is one of 15 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellowships funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), under the European Commission’s H2020 Work Programme. The selected ESRs will conduct doctoral research on a unique research topic as part of the project “Evolving Security SciencE through Networked Technologies, Information policy And Law (ESSENTIAL)”.  ESSENTIAL seeks to: a) train interdisciplinary security experts and professionals to tackle security threats in a systematic manner and b) increase societal resilience and security by addressing in an interdisciplinary manner 15 research topics associated with long-standing problems in the field of security science.  This ESR is jointly supervised by the University of Groningen and the University of Malta, Malta.

This position is hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. The Faculty of Law is a modern, internationally oriented institution with a four-hundred-year-long tradition. The Faculty of Law has over 3700 students and almost 350 staff members and is thus one of the largest faculties of the University of Groningen. The selected candidate will work with other colleagues in the Security, Technology and e-Privacy Research Group (STeP) organised within the Department of European and Economic Law. STeP consists of an interdisciplinary team of researchers collaborating with other departments in the faculty and/or funded by externally raised funds and international guests-researchers. The team covers many areas of information policy & technology law including privacy, data protection, security sciences, surveillance, cybercrime, self-regulation and health informatics. The STeP Research Group currently co-ordinates and participates in a number of European funded projects researching themes similar to this call.

Job description
This research project (ESR14) will research: Cost-effectiveness in cyber-threat-related law-enforcement and intelligence operations.

Objectives: This research will aim to design a legally practicable framework for efficient law enforcement and intelligence operations that is respectful of democratic values. The framework will ensure that law enforcement and intelligence agencies will achieve the maximum level of cybersecurity in their operations at the lowest cost and in a manner consistent with democratic values and principles. It will also include a metric system for measuring efficiency. In developing the framework, the ESR will utilize knowledge from law, political science, economics, management, and current European and non-European approaches to cyber intelligence.

Expected outcomes: The overall result will be a dissertation that includes a framework that can be applied in a legal context for cost-effective cybersecurity programs for law enforcement and intelligence agencies consistent with democratic values and principles. As part of the process of researching and exploring this challenging theme, ESR 14 will publish at least two peer-reviewed journal articles analysing current practices in cyber-intelligence, a metric system which can be employed to assess cost-effectiveness in producing cyber-intelligence, participate and present in one workshop, write two research reports and a final dissertation..

Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Hans Vedder, University of Groningen (RUG).

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Joseph Cannataci, University of Malta (UOM), Malta.

Planned secondments
University of Malta (UOM), Malta, “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy (MVNIA), Romania and Økokrim, Norway.

Qualification
Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

 

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree/or equivalent Required knowledge Required Expertise
ESR -14 Law Law Economics/Analytics/

Computer Science/Information Technology

Science/ Social Sciences/ Humanities Science/Social Sciences/ Humanities Analytics/Computer Science/Information Technology Law Enforcement/Intelligence
Computer Science/Information Technology Science/Social Sciences/ Humanities Analytics/Economics Law Enforcement/

Intelligence

Law Enforcement/

Intelligence Studies

Science/Social Sciences/ Humanities Analytics/ Computer Science/Information Technology/Economics

 

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – an overall score of at least 94 with a score of at least 25 in the writing section and 23 in each of the other sections.
  • Academic IELTS – an overall score of at least 7 with a score of at least 7 in the writing component and 6.5 in each of the other components.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

Selection criteria

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • Candidates with a proven track record in the fields of intelligence operations, cost–benefit analysis, or computer science/IT will be given preference.
  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has had work experience in the fields of cyber-criminal investigation, computer security, secure communication systems.
  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative, qualitative, and statistical methods and mastery of relevant statistical software.

Personal attributes:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be— at the date of recruitment — an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree);
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e.  move  from  one  country  to  another)  when  taking  up  their  appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion.  Rather the location of the researcher’s residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.

Conditions of employment
The position offered is for three years (36 months) at full time employment. Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another two years. Prolongation of the appointment is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the appointment period is to be expected.

In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 38,924.76 per year. Note that this rate includes the employer’s costs i.e. national insurance contribution and government bonus. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher (all amounts stated are before taxation).

The starting date is 1 June 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application
You may apply for this position until 20 March 2017 23H59 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should include:

  • Motivation letter (500 words).
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

 

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 24th March 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 27th March 2017.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Information
For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact dr. Hans Vedder at h.h.b.vedder transparent.snail rug.nl

(please do not use for application)

Additional information

For more information on the ESSENTIAL project and the 15 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellowships available please visit: http://www.essentialresearch.eu/

Where to apply

http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S0005DUP

ESR15 - Reconciling Open Source with Fundamental Rights of Citizens (OPEN)

Status: Open.

Research project: Reconciling Open Source with Fundamental Rights of Citizens.

Host Institution: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy

Objectives: The scope of this research is to examine the use of open source intelligence (OSINT) for the detection and prevention of criminal behaviour and/or counterterrorism and other security threats. The main objective of the research is to examine whether the legitimate use of OSINT can be reconciled with fundamental rights of citizens such as privacy, freedom of expression, citizenship, etc.

Expected outcomes: The overall result will be a PhD dissertation including theoretical and practical approaches to reconciling the use of OSINT and fundamental rights of citizens. As part of the process of researching and exploring this challenging theme, the candidate 15 will publish at least two peer-reviewed journal articles analysing current practices of OSINT, participate and present in one workshop, write two research reports and a final dissertation.

Main supervisor: Prof. dr. Irena Chiru.

Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Joseph Cannataci.

Planned secondments:

Host 1: University of Malta – Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (Malta)

Host 2: Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU – Facultu of Computer Science and Media Technology (Norway)

Host 3: MNEMONIC (Norway)

Eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

  First degree/Bachelor degree Second degree/Master degree Required knowledge Required expertise  
ESR 15 Law and Legal Science

 

Law and Legal Science  

 

 

Especially Law or IT, but not limited to (other relevant knowledge will be assessed case by case)

 

 

 

 

Analytics Social Science

 

Communication Sciences

 

Communication Sciences
Sociology/ Political Science Sociology/ Political Science
Intelligence and Security Studies

Other relevant social sciences degree

Intelligence and Security Studies

 

In the case where a number of candidates meet and/or surpass the above indicated criteria further qualitative criteria may be applied for selection, including ranking I first and second degrees (e.g. distinction, class of degree and/or placing in top percentile within cohort)

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction need to present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24.
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element.
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

 

Selection criteria:

  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has had work experience in the field of computer sciences/engineering, sociology, mathematics/statistics, intelligence and security studies or research in the fields.
  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has publications in academic journals and/or ranked conferences.
  • The candidate should possess critical reasoning, abstract thinking, creative thinking, conceptual literacy, computer literacy, foreign language proficiency, master of basic research methodology, proficiency in information selection and synthesis, ability to innovate, structured analytical thinking.
  • The candidate should also be disciplined and possess trained intellectual ability to withstand effort.

Personal attributes:

  • Sharp, logical thinking
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups
  • Active listening, teaming, collaborative
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard
  • Perceptive, intuitive

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements which apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researchers.

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Romania for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • The candidate must be within 4 years of the diploma granting you access to doctorate studies at the time of recruitment and has not yet been awarded the doctorate degree.
  • The candidate may be of any nationality.
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

For further information on Marie Skłodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/funded-projects/how-to-manage/iapp/index_en.htm

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact in writing Prof. dr. Irena Chiru, at ichirutransparent.snaildcti.ro

Organisation: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy

School/Department: Doctoral School

Position: PhD student

Contract type: Study Agreement

Status: Full-time

Hours of work:  40 hours per week (Monday to Friday)

Duration: 36 months

Salary: In accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), the salary will consist of EUR 25,489.56 per year. Note that this rate does not include the health insurance contribution, which the successful candidate is expected to pay monthly in Romania, according to the EU provisions in health insurance system for EU and non-EU citizens. Mobility Allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family Allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 6,000 per year per researcher (all amounts stated are before taxation).

Starting date: 1 May 2017

Application timetable: 8th of February 2017 – 10th of March 2017

How to apply:

Apply by submitting the following documents:

  • Motivation letter (500 words);
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and the names and contact information of 2 referees;
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts;
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words);
  • English proficiency results if applicable;
  • Copy of your ID (passport);
  • Birth certificate – copy and authorized translation;
  • Copy of the document that attests your residence;
  • Application for a Letter of Acceptance to studies in Romania;
  • Copy and authorized translation of your High school diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Copy and authorized translation of your Bachelor degree diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Copy and authorized translation of your Master degree diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Transcripts – copies and authorized translations, related to the studies you have already completed (High school, BA/MA degrees);
  • Language certificate;
  • Medical certificate (translated in English) which proves that the person applying for the position does not suffer from any contagious diseases, or other illnesses incompatible with the future profession.

Where to apply:

Please send all the required documents to the following e-mail address: animvtransparent.snailsri.ro.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 14th March 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 20th March 2017.

 

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University of Groningen

 

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University of Groningen (RUG – Netherlands) is a modern, internationally oriented institution which builds on a longstanding tradition of almost four centuries and which is today ranked as one of the top 100 Universities in the world.

The Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands and has a strong research tradition in a number of fields including European law, information technology law, constitutional law, international law, public law, civil law and a variety of interdisciplinary fields. 
The STeP, ‘Security, Technology and e-Privacy‘ Research Group, will be responsible for the University of Groningen’s contribution to the ESSENTIAL project. STeP is an interdisciplinary team of researchers organised within the Department of European and Economic Law. STeP covers many areas of information policy & technology law including privacy, data protection, security sciences, surveillance, cybercrime, self-regulation and health informatics and builds on 20 years of collaborative experience between senior team members.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

 

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Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)- The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norwegian: Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, abbreviated NTNU) is a public research university with campuses in the cities of Trondheim, Gjøvik and Ålesund in Norway.

NTNU is the largest of the eight universities in Norway, and, as its name suggests, has the main national responsibility for higher education in engineering and technology.

University of Malta

 

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University of Malta (Malta) is the highest educational institution in Malta. It offers undergraduate bachelor’s degrees, postgraduate master’s degrees and postgraduate doctorates (PhD).

It is a member of the European University Association, the European Access Network, Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Utrecht Network, the Santander Network, the Compostela Group, the European Association for University Lifelong Learning (EUCEN) and the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP).

National Research Council

 

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National Research Council (CNR – Italy) is the leading public organization in Italy tasked with the responsibility to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth as well as its applications supporting the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country.

To this end, the activities of the organisation are divided into macro areas of interdisciplinary scientific and technological research, concerning several sectors: biotechnology, medicine, materials, environment and land, information and communications, advanced systems of production, judicial and socio-economic sciences, classical studies and arts. CNR is distributed all-over Italy through a network of institutes aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences throughout the national territory and at facilitating contacts and cooperation with local firms and organizations.

Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy

 

mvnia

Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy (Rumania) – The „Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy is the higher education institution of SRI that trains field officers, analysts, and security intelligence experts.

The Academy is part of SRI and offers higher education, military discipline, and practical training through continous undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters, PhD) studies, as well as career development training courses. Our educational offer includes: Bachelor’s Degree in specialized fields relevant to national security: Psychology – Intelligence and Security and Intelligence Studies; Master’s Degree Program for the training of case officers and analysts on Intelligence Analysis and Intelligence and National Security; Master’s Degree in Research focusing on national security and the promotion of security culture within civil society; The National Intelligence College offers training in intelligence studies. It is addressed to the civil society and governmental experts whose activity is related to national security; PhD studies in Intelligence and National Security.

Edith Cowan University

 

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Edith Cowan University (Perth Australia)- Edith Cowan University (ECU) is an Australian public university located in Perth, Western Australia. It was named after the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament, Edith Cowan, and is the only Australian university named after a woman.

ECU is situated in Western Australia, with more than 27,000 students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, approximately 4,300 of whom are international students originating from over 100 countries outside Australia.
ECU was granted university status in 1991 and was formed from an amalgamation of teachers’ colleges with a history dating back to 1902 when the Claremont Teachers College was established; making ECU the modern descendant of the first institution of higher education in Western Australia. The university offers more than 300 courses across two metropolitan campuses, in Mount Lawley and Joondalup, and a regional campus in the South West, Bunbury, 200 km south of Perth; many courses are also offered for study online. Additionally, the university has partnerships with several education institutions to conduct courses and programs offshore. Divisions of note include the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), recognised as one of Australia’s prestigious performing arts training academies; the School of Nursing and Midwifery, which offers the largest undergraduate nursing program in WA and the School of Education which offers the widest range of secondary teaching specialisations within WA. The university is the largest provider of Psychology and Community Studies courses in Western Australia. ECU is also home to the WA Screen Academy.

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