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Postdoctoral Researcher – Cybersecurity

Deadline: 2024

Title: Special Scientist for Research (Postdoctoral Researcher)
No. of Positions: One (1)
Category: Employment contract
Location: University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.

The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus announces one (1) Special Scientist for Research (Postdoctoral Researcher) position, for full-time employment. The successful candidate will work on research and development of cybersecurity solutions for Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

Who we are:
The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence is the largest research center at the University of Cyprus and in 2017 was upgraded to a European Research Center of Excellence through the KIOS CoE Teaming project. Currently, the Center employs more than 180 people who are supported by externally funded research and innovation projects. The KIOS CoE operates in a diverse environment as an equal opportunity employer.

What we do:
KIOS provides an inspiring environment for carrying out top level research and innovation in the area of Information and Communication Technologies, with emphasis on the Monitoring, Control and Security of Critical Infrastructures. Such infrastructures include power and energy systems, water networks, transportation networks, telecommunication networks and emergency management and response. The Center instigates interdisciplinary interaction and promotes collaboration between industry, academia, and research organizations in high-tech areas of global importance.

Why work at KIOS:
You will have the opportunity to work on various high-profile projects with great impact on society and the environment, not only on a local but also on a global scale.
In KIOS we strive to create a multicultural, diverse, and inclusive workplace and we strongly support the continuous personnel evolvement and development, both personally and professionally, to fulfill your long-term goals. We offer internal and external professional training, covering both technical and soft skills.

Job Details:
The successful candidate is expected to:

• Oversee research and development activities for EU-funded Innovation Action (IA) projects related to cybersecurity tools for modern energy systems.
• Provide guidance and steer applied research directions in the field of data-driven anomaly diagnosis in modern energy systems.
• Contribute towards the composition of knowledge and frameworks regarding advanced cyber-attack vectors in modern energy systems.
• Develop and implement project plans, including timelines, and resources.
• Lead the planning and execution of projects.
• Manage and report on project progress.
• Communicate effectively with stakeholders, including project partners and regulatory bodies.
• Ensure project compliance with relevant regulations and standards.
• Writing technical documentation.
• Participation in meetings (locally, virtually, and abroad).
• Prepare reports and project deliverables.
• Prepare research proposals.
• Publish results in top international conferences and journals.

The required skills and expertise for the announced position include following:

• Proficiency in networked systems security.
• Experience with anomaly detection using Machine Learning frameworks.
• Solid understanding of Operating Systems (OS) security.
• Familiarity with secure software execution and verification.
• Systems programming knowledge.
• Knowledge of Industrial Control Systems (ICS).
• Familiarity with cyber-attack frameworks (e.g., MITRE ATT&CK).
• Understanding of Operational Technology (OT) security.

Profile of the ideal candidate:
• Problem solving skills
• Team-player
• Reliable and trustworthy
• Flexible and eager to learn
• Able to adapt in a fast-paced dynamic environment
• Have good communication, organizational and self-management skills
• Excellent knowledge of the English language

• Bachelor’s or/and Master’s Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or a related field from an accredited institution.
• Doctorate degree or equivalent in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, from an accredited institution.

Employment Terms:
The position is on a contract basis. Initially, a one-year contract will be offered, which is renewable based on performance. The gross monthly salary depends on the candidate’s qualifications and experience and will be between €1900 – €3200. From this amount, employee contributions to the Cyprus government funds will be deducted. A 13th salary bonus is incorporated in the monthly salary. Maternity leave will be granted based on Maternity Protection Law 1997(Ν.100(Ι)/1997), and the existing amendment laws.

Interested candidates should submit the following items online through the link:

• Cover letter explaining the interest of the applicant in pursuing a career at the KIOS CoE, along with employment availability date.
• Short summary of prior work experiences, activities and accomplishments (can be combined with the cover letter) (2 pages maximum).
• A detailed curriculum vitae in English or in Greek.
• Copies of transcripts of BSc/MSc/PhD or other degree(s).
• Copy of an English language certificate.
• Identify at least two referees that can provide reference letters.

The applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but not later than Friday, 12th of April 2024, at 5 pm. The evaluation of the applications will begin immediately. At least the best three candidates that satisfy the required qualifications will be interviewed by the Selection Committee. Candidates will be informed of the result of their application by the KIOS CoE.

Applicants need not be citizens of the Republic of Cyprus. Applicants should however ensure, before applying, that in case they are selected they will be residing in Cyprus on a full-time basis during the employment period.

The University of Cyprus shall collect and process your personal data according to the provisions of the General Regulation on Personal Data 2016/679 (EU).

The University of Cyprus (UCY) is committed to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and equality, as well as the elimination of all forms of discrimination in order to provide a fair, safe, and pleasant environment for the entire university community, where students and staff members will feel supported both in their professional and personal development, within and beyond their multiple identities. To this end, UCY seeks to create the necessary conditions that will encourage and respect diversity and ensure dignity both in the workplace and society at large. Moreover, UCY has adopted specific policies to promote equal opportunities, as well as respect and understanding of diversity, while it is committed to promoting and maintaining a working, teaching, and learning environment, free from any form of discrimination, whether direct or indirect.

For more information, please contact the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence, by phone at +357 22893460 or via e-mail at [email protected].