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OPEN POSITIONS PhD Student in Security Assurance in Automotive Systems

The department of Computer Science and Engineering is strongly international, with approximately 240 employees from over 30 countries. The department is a fully integrated department with the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology as principals. The position is placed in the Division of Software Engineering at the department, with the University of Gothenburg as the employer.

The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Riccardo Scandariato (http://scandariato.org) and work in tight collaboration with the Software Engineering Division at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg. The position is a fulltime appointment as an academic PhD Student. The position mainly focuses on research but duties may also include the supervision of bachelor and master theses or assisting in teaching. We offer good working conditions (see more information about the terms for PhD Students below) and an inspirering environment.

The position is placed in the Software Engineering Division at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. You will be embedded in a vibrant and tightly-knit group conducting research in many varied fields of software engineering, including model-driven development, product line engineering, testing, empirical software engineering, requirements engineering, autonomic computing, and cloud computing. Founded in 2010, the division has grown to include more than 20 faculty members. Today, we are arguably one of the largest academic software engineering groups in academia.

Job assignments

The successful candidate will work in the research area of secure software engineering. The position is sponsored by a joint research project between the university and two automotive companies: Volvo and Volvo Cars. The position gives the opportunity to develop theoretical results that can be directly validated in an industrial context.

The overall goal of the project is to provide methods and tools for the vehicle industry to assess whether the products that are released and used on the roads meet the security targets. The key research question is how a project manager can get specific assurance that a product being developed is secure enough and can be released. In practice, we will focus on two aspects: (1) what evidence needs to be collected throughout the software development process, and (2) how to build the security assurance argumentation from the available evidence.

The position requires the successful candidate to conduct high-quality individual research and publish research papers at peer-reviewed venues. The employment focuses mainly on research, but some institutional services occur, for example, supervision of bachelor's degrees and master's theses or assistance in teaching


The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are: degree in advanced level, at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or in an other way acquired similar knowledge.

Applicants for the position should have a master degree in computer science (or being very close to obtaining that degree).

Preference will be given to candidates with a background in:
•    15 ECTS in Security and secure software (or equivalent industrial competence)
•    15 ECTS in Software engineering focusing on embedded systems (or equivalent industrial competence)

In addition, the ideal applicant has the following individual and social skills:
•    Fluency in English
•    Strong communication skills
•    Strong self-organizing skills


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

If you are interested in the position, please provide the following information:
•    Application letter (1-3 pages) where you introduce yourself and clearly relate your background and interests to the field of software security
•    Detailed curriculum vitae
•    Electronic copies of your master and bachelor transcripts
•    Evidence of English proficiency for non-native English speakers

The selection process takes place in competition. We usually get a large number of applications. Therefore, you are recommended to enclose additional information in your application, such as papers or reports you co-authorize (explain your contribution), letter of recommendation and so on.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, five years (incl. 20 % teaching)
Extent: 100 % of full time
Location: Department of Computer Science and Engineering / Divison of Software Engineering
First day of employment: As soon as possible

A PhD Student position in Sweden is a full-time employment with a competitive monthly salary and full social benefits, for a time of five years of full-time study (including 20% teaching and other departmental duties spread over the 5-year period). There are no tuition fees for PhD studies.
For more information about PhD studies in Sweden an at the University of Gothenburg, please visit our website via the link below:

Our modern offices are located in beautiful Lindholmen, a part of Gothenburg overseeing the Göta canal. We particularly like to collaborate with industry. Past and ongoing projects have included collaborations with Volvo, Volvo Cars, Ericsson, SAP, Siemens, and many smaller Swedish and international companies.

With 900’000 inhabitants, Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden. It is located directly at the sea on Sweden’s west coast. Gothenburg is safe, well-connected through bus, train, and an international airport. Sweden is known for a very high standard of living, which includes access to health care for everybody, extensive child support, and an excellent and accessible educational system.

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.

The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.

Appointment procedures

A list of candidates will be created based on the information provided. The listed candidates will be invited to interviews.

For further information regarding the position

Regarding the position please contact Ass. Prof. Riccardo Scandariato (e-mail: riccardo.scandariato@cse.gu.se)
Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact HR-partner Anna Skanse Bråse (e-mail: anna.skanse@chalmers.se)


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. 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. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. The application is to be written in English. Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

Closing date: December 23, 2017

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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