PhD student in Network Security and Unmanned Aircraft


Ref IDA-2024-00024

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We are looking for a PhD student in Network Security and Unmanned Aircraft.

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. Read more:

Your work assignments

The project is WASP NEST: by KTH, LiU, LU: DYNamic Attack detection and mitigation for seCure autONomy (DYNACON). The research topics include secure remote drone identification, collision avoidance, integration with civil manned airspace systems, swarm operation.

The graduate school within WASP is dedicated to provide the skills needed to analyze, develop, and contribute to the interdisciplinary area of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD-students, researchers and industry. Read more:

As a PhD student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies and the research projects of which you are part. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

Your qualifications

You have graduated at Master’s level in Computer Science preferably with specialization in networking and cybersecurity, or completed courses with a minimum of 240 credits, at least 60 of which must be in advanced courses in Computer Science preferably with specialization in networking and cybersecurity. Alternatively, you have gained essentially corresponding knowledge in another way.

You should be proficient in written and spoken English, preferably have some scientific publications.

You are expected to be a good team player to collaborate within the research group AEGIS. You should be comfortable with public presentation of your work and available for travel abroad for conferences and other events.

Proficiency with Linux, Latex, programming languages such as Python, cybersecurity protocols is expected. High average grades, student awards and research experience is a plus.

Your 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

ADIT division carries out research and teaching in the areas on networks, cybersecurity and database systems. The AEGIS research group is led by Prof. Andrei Gurtov.

The employment

When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available at Doctoral studies at Linköping University

The employment has a duration of four years’ full-time equivalent. You will initially be employed for a period of one year. The employment will subsequently be renewed for periods of maximum duration two years, depending on your progress through the study plan. The employment may be extended up to a maximum of five years, based on the amount of teaching and departmental duties you have carried out. Further extensions can be granted in special circumstances.

Starting date by agreement, suggested April 1st, 2024.

Salary and employment benefits

The salary of PhD students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives

Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure

Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than March 4th, 2024.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

We would like your application to include CV, cover letter, 2 recommendation letters, Master degree certificate with grades, English language proficiency certificate (or similar proof) and 2 best scientific publications (if any).

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

Andrei Gurtov


Sandra Malmström


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