PhD student in Computer and Systems Sciences with focus on Network Forensics

Ref. No. SU FV-0854-17

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at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. Closing date: 15 April 2017.

The Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) is one of the oldest IT departments in Sweden and the largest department at Stockholm University with around 6,000 students. The discipline of computer and systems sciences bridges the gap between technology and the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences. The use and design of IT is put in context in relation to people, organizations, and society. DSV offers a stimulating research environment in an international setting.

Project description
The research will be done in the area of Network Forensics, which also assumes a good understanding of network security and computer forensics. The position is funded from the Nord-Forsk project, termed “Policing the Tor network”, which will start in the middle of 2017. The goal of this PhD studies within the project is develop methods and techniques for identification, acquisition and analysis of forensically sound evidence on the Tor network, while preserving ethical and fairness considerations, including privacy during the investigation process.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the applicant must have completed courses at second-cycle level in computer and systems sciences with a minimum of 90 higher education credits, or equivalent, including a thesis with a minimum of 15 higher education credits. In addition, the applicant is required to have English language skills equivalent of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Level B2.

Both general and specific academic entry requirements must be met.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.

Selection
The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity:

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and perform critical analysis on both past and present scholarly work
  • Possession of good cooperative and communication skills and capacity
  • Methodological and scientific maturity
  • Show strong responsibility for timely deliverance of the results of the work
  • Certain degree of competence in the computational forensics (both computer and network) such as understanding of computer and cybercrimes, and evidenced use of professional grade and open-source forensic tools are expected. Knowledge of various simulation methods applied to data networks, virtualization, and large data sets manipulation that require demanding and intensive computational resources is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with TCP/IP technology, Internet, information security and the concepts of Deep and Dark web (including the Tor protocol).

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules.

Terms of employment
The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Contact
For more information, please contact Professor Oliver Popov, popov@dsv.su.se, or the Director of PhD studies, Sirkku Männikkö-Barbutiu, sirkku@dsv.su.se.

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), seko@seko.su.se (SEKO), and PhD student representative, doktorandombud@sus.su.se.

Application
Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

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Closing date: 15/04/2017

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