Postdoctoral position in Systems or Hardware Security

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Computer Security Group is a research group in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zürich.

We are interested in a variety of hot topics in the area of systems and hardware security. The aim of the group is to improve the security of modern computer systems. To do that, we often build novel analysis techniques to uncover previously-unknown attack surfaces and when appropriate we design and implement new systems to protect against various classes of attacks. This means that the group does heavy technical work, from building low-level systems to analyzing hardware components. Examples of our research topics include hardware design security, microarchitectural security, and operating system security to name a few.

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our group. You will collaborate closely with the PhD students while establishing a new line of research in the group. You are further expected to contribute to the teaching and supervision activities of the group. The position is ideal for someone who wants to strengthen their CV with additional projects and gain leadership experience in preparation for a top faculty or industry position.

We aim to increase the number of women and minorities in systems security. Eligible candidates are therefore encouraged to apply. 

Your profile

You need to have already obtained or be close to obtaining your PhD degree in computer science or electrical engineering from a reputable university. On top of systems and/or hardware security, we also consider applicants who have instead worked on computer systems or hardware design topics during the course of their PhD and are interested in switching to security.

You have:

  • A strong track record demonstrated by at least one publication in a tier-1 venue in their respective field of research.
  • A passion for learning new research topics as they come.
  • Strong writing skills. 

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We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Statement of interest.
  • CV including the list of publications.
  • Name and email addresses of your PhD supervisor and at least two other people for reference letters.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

More information about our research group and existing papers can be found on our website. For further information, please contact Prof. Kaveh Razavi, by e-mail kaveh@ethz.ch.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Statement of interest.
  • CV including the list of publications.
  • Name and email addresses of your PhD supervisor and at least two other people for reference letters.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

More information about our research group and existing papers can be found on our website. For further information, please contact Prof. Kaveh Razavi, by e-mail kaveh@ethz.ch.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.