Postdoc in Cybersecurity


Ref IDA-2023-00300

We have the power of over 40,000 students and co-workers. Students who provide hope for the future. Co-workers who contribute to Linköping University meeting the challenges of the day. Our fundamental values rest on credibility, trust and security. By having the courage to think freely and innovate, our actions together, large and small, contribute to a better world. We look forward to receiving your application!

We are now looking to appoint up to two postdocs in the field of Cybersecurity in Future Networks as a Critical Infrastructure formally based at Dept. of Computer and Information Science.

Work assignments

As postdoc, you will principally carry out research. A certain amount of teaching may be part of your duties, up to a maximum of 20% of working hours.

AIR2 is a five-year multidisciplinary national project financed by the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous systems, and Software (WASP) whereby the postdoc will  have the opportunity of collaboration with top researchers within cybersecurity, networking, AI planning, and cloud computing, within the renowned AI group at our department as well as two other universities in Sweden (KTH and Umeå University). The project will be coordinated by Professor Simin Nadjm-Tehrani at the Real-time systems Laboratory at Linköping University, and aims to understand the cybersecurity challenges in software-intensive and high-performance communication networks with an emphasis on AI-powered methods for:

  • prevention of cyberthreats by anticipating and mitigating them,
  • accurate detection of ongoing attacks with well-understood AI methods used for system and network monitoring,
  • (partially) autonomous and explainable reaction to attacks in presence of resource trade-offs and complex potential changes over time (concept drift).

The project is financed by a second round of NEST grants within WASP.

In this context we are looking for an excellent candidate who has a strong background and can contribute to one of the following topics. Please indicate your preference among the two.

  • Providing validity arguments by linking decisions and validated actions with explanations within machine learning based systems in presence of adverse scenarios.
  • Integration of industrial use cases in a testbed, and creation of AI-based domain-specific simulation, emulation, and experimental studies.


To be qualified to take employment as postdoc, you must have been awarded a doctoral degree or have a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree. This degree must have been awarded at the latest by the time point at which LiU makes its decision to employ you.

The PhD degree should have been awarded maximum three years before the date of application, with reservation for statutory absence like parental leave.

The area of the PhD degree is expected to be computer science or related topic areas within the project in the engineering or mathematics fields.

Publications in first class journals and highly competitive conferences in areas relevant to the work, i.e. network modelling and security analysis, adversarial AI attacks and defences, intrusion detection, edge computing load management, and denial-of-service detection are considered as a merit. Earlier experience in cybersecurity tool development, virtualised networking test beds, application of statistical or AI methods for load monitoring, edge resource allocation and performance tuning, or anomaly detection are prioritized.

Excellent communication skills in English, both verbally and written, is an absolute necessity. Good inter-personal skills and ability to work in teams but also independently is highly valued.

During the AIR2 project, meetings with the industrial collaborators will be for the most part in Swedish and working knowledge of the Swedish language for collaboration with the stakeholders is beneficial.

The workplace

The Department of Computer and Information Science was founded in 1983 but its roots go back to the early 1970s. It is one of the largest computer science departments in northern Europe. Our research covers a broad spectrum of fields, from core to applied computer sciences. Its vast scope also benefits our undergraduate and graduate programmes, and we now teach courses in several engineering programmes at bachelor’s and master’s levels, as well as the programmes in statistics, cognitive science and innovative programming. Read more at

You will be employed in the Real-time systems Laboratory at the Software and Systems Division.

As a junior researcher a postdoc will be offered the opportunity to mature in an internationally renowned research environment with excellent facilities and a wide network of collaboration in industry and academia. The research environment currently includes over 12 PhD students and several postdocs working in the areas of critical infrastructure security, trustworthy AI, system modelling and formal verification, and future networks load management and security (edge, 5G and beyond) and is undergoing expansion. The opportunity to work in a friendly atmosphere and strengthen the excellent research ongoing in the lab together with existing and forthcoming PhD students is further accentuated through the national context of this research project. We welcome candidates who are looking for a future career in academia or public/private sector research positions in Sweden and are looking to grow as a researcher in our environment. The candidate is given the chance of, and training in pedagogical development and contribution towards acquiring research grants by the senior faculty members.

Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s largest individual research program ever, a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The program addresses research on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. The vision of WASP is excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry.
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The employment

This post is a temporary contract of three years. The position as a postdoc is full-time.

Starting date
April 2024 or by agreement.

Salary and employment benefits

Salaries at the university are set individually. State your desired salary in the application.

More information about employee benefits is available here.

Union representatives

Information about trade union contacts can be found here.

Application procedure

Apply for this position by clicking on the button labelled “Apply” below. Your application should include a personal letter that describes why and in what way you are able to contribute to the project. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than January 31, 2024.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives - diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody's equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

Simin Nadjm-Tehrani


Sandra Malmström


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