Post-doc position in secure data management over blockchain.

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Job description

As a Post-Doc candidate, you will work on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project IRIS: artificial Intelligence threat Reporting and Incident response System.

Uptake of IoT and AI driven ICT systems in Europe is crucial for our common future, but it is dependent on our strategic ability to protect these systems from cyber threats and attacks on their privacy. IRIS addresses this challenge with a collaborative-first approach centered around CERTs/CSIRTs. From a technological perspective, it deploys (i) autonomous detection of IoT and AI threats, enriched with (ii) privacy-aware intelligence sharing and collaboration, and (iii) advanced data protection and accountability. Crucially, IRIS introduces (iv) the first dedicated online training and cyber exercises to prepare CERTs/CSIRTs to collaboratively protect critical infrastructures and systems against cross-border AI and IoT threats. IRIS will be validated in three pilot demonstrators, focussing in the IoT, AI and cross-border dimensions, across three existing smart city environments (in Helsinki, Tallinn and Barcelona), involving the associated national/governmental CERTs/CSIRTs, cybersecurity authorities and municipalities.

This is a R&D position, and you are supposed to implement a system prototype at the end. Your role within IRIS will be: design and implement the lightweight crypto primitives for enabling real-time data integrity check, data access control, multi-level data sharing, exchange and data recovery in dynamic collaborative environments. You will work with excellent cybersecurity researchers, industrial partners, and public sectors across Europe to achieve advanced real-time data protection and recovery, interacting with blockchain platform, in system level. The position requires you to already have had sufficient knowledge and engineering backgrounds in privacy-enhancing technologies and blockchain.

Throughout the project, you may publish and present the results from building secure data sharing systems in top-tier conferences and journals, and more importantly, complete implementation of secure systems with industrial partners


A PhD degree (completed, or to be completed shortly) in computer science or a closely related field. The research direction should be close to blockchain engineering, practical crypto, or information security.

Solid and proven experience with, cybersecurity (through publications, projects, etc.).

Great programming skills (like in C++, Python and etc) and sufficient experiences in secure algorithms, network system/blockchain implementation.

Good publications (renowned conferences and journals) related to information security, blockchain or applied cryptography.

Excellent and professional English level, including listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Team spirit and communication skills, as you will work in the context of a large-scale European research project.

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

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Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Kaitai Liang, assistant professor, email:, tel: +31 15 27 87656

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 30-06-2021 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV, your grade list and a list of 3 referees with contact details.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure..
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.
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