Senior Researcher in "Security and Privacy by Design" Code: SIT-2011-31

Fraunhofer-Institut für Sichere Informationstechnologie, Darmstadt
Job Description: 

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT) in Darmstadt, Germany, is soliciting applications to fill the position of a

Senior Researcher in “Security and Privacy by Design”

The position is initially limited to 4 years. We offer a tenure track; the decision on extension or tenure will be taken based on an evaluation of results after 4 years. We offer competitive personal compensation and access to resources comparable to the assistant/associate professor level. Applicants will be selected based on their credentials, references and participation in a scientific colloquium.

The position will be responsible for forming and leading a research team.

Candidates must have a finished PhD/doctoral degree in Computer Science or a related area; an outstanding publication record; and demonstrated experience in working with the international research community. Ideally they have held at least one postdoc position at a university other than the one they obtained their PhD degree from.

This position is associated with the European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC-SPRIDE), a new center established jointly by Fraunhofer SIT and the Technische Universität Darmstadt, pending approval by the German Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF). The success of EC-SPRIDE will be measured in terms of the quality and the impact of its research results. While the scope at large is defined – engineering methods for building, testing and assuring predictably secure systems – the specific goals and objectives will be determined by the EC-SPRIDE senior researchers.

Within this center, Fraunhofer SIT is specifically interested in security engineering and security testing focused on specific application domains, e.g., security engineering for cyberphysical systems, automotive systems, software as a service (cloud computing).

Applicants need to submit a research statement (up to 5 pages) that describes their motivation and intended research program. In addition applications must include the following information, preferably as part of a single attached PDF:

- A full CV, including educational and employment history, full contact data, gender, and citizenship
- A list of publications, and scanned-in copies of the 3 most significant ones
- Scanned-in copies of master's degree or diploma, and PhD certificate
- The names and e-mail addresses of four references whom we may contact for comments on an applicant's work.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft intends to increase the number of female scientists and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference.

Applicants are kindly requested to send their applications by e-mail to

About Fraunhofer SIT: Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, covering all aspects of technology and engineering. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. Fraunhofer SIT ( is specifically focused on research in all aspects of IT security and privacy, ranging from developing new algorithms and designs over exploring new architectures and methods to the development of new systems and services. Through joint appointments we are closely connected to the Technische Universität Darmstadt. SIT researchers are regularly contributing to the academic program at TU Darmstadt. We are a member of the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED, Fraunhofer SIT offers an attractive, international, English speaking environment in one of the most interesting metropolitan areas in Europe surrounded by beautiful countryside Geo-Naturpark ( The Frankfurt Airport is just 30 km away.

Application deadline: 31-July-2011

Job Categories: 
Research institutes
Deadline for Application: 
Jul 31 2011