Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in Computer Science
University of Luxembourg
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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About the SnT

SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services.

We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by fueling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent.

The research will be carried out at the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Socio-technical Cybersecurity () led by Prof.

G. Lenzini, within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg.

We’re looking for people driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place!

Your Role

  • Conduct highly innovative research in the field of cybersecurity and online privacy on a project entitled Modelling and assessment of online deception .
  • Your main objective consists in elaborating a functional characterization of manipulative and deceptive attempts in digital services (, dark patterns), through the design of formal models of trust and untrustworthiness, and the development of tools for the automatic detection and classification of dark patterns in online interactions

  • Collaborate with researchers of various disciplines, as the project explores online manipulation through an interdisciplinary approach combining computer science, human-centred design, engineering, law and ethics
  • Publish research results and present them at international conferences
  • Contribute to reports and research publications
  • Engage in dissemination of results to stakeholders
  • Write a cumulative PhD thesis
  • Your Profile

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science
  • Ability to formalize problems and to reason computationally
  • Familiarity with formal methods of analysis, data science, and machine learning
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Interest in cybersecurity and data privacy, including their legal and ethical aspects
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written)
  • Good academic writing and excellent communication skills
  • Inquisitive and critical mind, collaborative attitude
  • Ability to work independently and to organize your work
  • Scientific integrity and ethical code of conduct
  • Here’s what awaits you at SnT

  • A stimulating learning environment. Here post-docs and professors outnumber PhD students. That translates into access and close collaborations with some of the brightest ICT researchers, giving you solid guidance
  • Exciting infrastructures and unique labs. At SnT’s two campuses, our researchers can take a walk on the moon at the LunaLab, build a nanosatellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better
  • The right place for IMPACT. SnT researchers engage in demand-driven projects. Through our Partnership Programme, we work on projects with more than 45 industry partners
  • Multiple funding sources for your ideas . The University supports researchers to acquire funding from national, European and private sources
  • Competitive salary package . The University offers a 12 month-salary package, over six weeks of paid time off, health insurance and subsidised living and eating
  • Be part of a multicultural family . At SnT we have more than 60 nationalities. Throughout the year, we organise team-building events, networking activities and more
  • But wait, there’s more!

  • Complete picture of the perks we offer
  • Discover our Partnership Programme
  • Download the brochure : Why choose SnT for your PhD?
  • Students can take advantage of several opportunities for growth and career development, from free language classes to career resources and extracurricular activities.

    In Short

  • Contract Type : Fixed Term Contract 36 Month with a further possible 1-year extension if justified and after evaluation
  • Work Hours : Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location : Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference : UOL04171
  • Further Information

    Applications (in English) should be submitted through the University’s HR system and include all of the following :

  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Digital copy of diploma certificates and transcript of records
  • A research statement (2 pages at most) on the following subject : Dark patterns and other online deceptive patterns : how to define and recognize them.
  • A motivation letter detailing why you intend to undertake a PhD
  • Contact information of three referees.
  • Deadline for applications : there is no formal deadline, but early application will be processed upon receipt. Selected candidates will be contacted for an oral interview.

    The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

    About the University of Luxembourg

    The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character .

    It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching , is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education.

    The University s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

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