PhD positions 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 security with a special focus on hardware. 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

As a new member of the group, you are supposed to contribute to research activities in the group and gradually build your own independent research profile according to your interests. You are expected to work towards a doctoral degree and participate in the teaching activities of the group. The research group aims to increase the number of women in scientific positions. Female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Your profile

You (will) have a Master’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering or a closely related field. We are looking broadly for multiple candidates with the following profiles:

  • Systems security in topics related to low-level software and hardware security
  • Hardware design security, including but not limited to formal verification 
  • Computer systems, including operating system kernels, compilers and networking, with an interest in security
  • Computer architecture and hardware design, including simulation, FPGA emulation, and fabrication, with an interest in security

On top of the above, you must be able to think critically, have strong communication skills, be goal-oriented and enjoy collaboration. The group does heavy technical work and the candidate should expect and enjoy a fair amount of engineering during the course of their PhD.

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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.

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We value diversity

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Curious? So are we.

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

  • Research statement
  • CV
  • Names and email addresses of at least two people for reference letters
  • Copies of degree certificates and the associated grades

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:

  • Research statement
  • CV
  • Names and email addresses of at least two people for reference letters
  • Copies of degree certificates and the associated grades

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.