Ph.D. Position in Statistics & Information Security (Norway) Deadline: May 01, 2019

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Application Deadline

May 01, 2019

Program Commencement


Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life. The Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) conducts internationally competitive research in several areas of cyber security, information security, communication networks and networked services. The department operates study programs in information security and communication technology at Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. levels.

Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD program in Information Security. The 4-year PhD position in the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology will be in quantitative theory and algorithms for computing statistics from population data in a manner that allows balancing utility with privacy risk. An emerging standard for defining privacy is differential privacy, with adoptions by, among others, Microsoft, Apple, Google, and the US Census bureau. The reasons for the popularity of differential privacy include sound theoretical foundations, allowing a quantitative trade-off between utility and privacy, as well as tracking privacy risk over time and across databases.

The researcher will work on analyzing and designing mechanisms for data and information access that allow control of the privacy-utility trade-off. Of particular interest are the development of new differentially private response mechanisms for distributed data, differentially private response mechanisms for longitudinal data, and theory around privacy as an only partially renewable resource. The period of employment is 4 years with 25% teaching and other duties. The position reports to Nils Kalstad Svendsen.

The successful candidate is highly motivated for research work and is able to work independently, eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences, and most importantly, has a strong interest in exploring theoretical aspects of privacy-preserving computations. In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified.

PhD candidates are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The qualification requirement is the completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a very strong academic background in statistics, mathematics, or computer science or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

Students who do not yet hold a master’s degree can apply as long as they will fulfil the master’s degree requirements before summer 2019.

Other requirements:

  • Strong mathematics and statistics skills
  • As the research topic rests heavily on quantitative analysis, design of algorithms and proofs of algorithm properties, advanced classes in relevant topics are advantageous
  • Excellent oral and written English
  • Experience with research

Application Process

Apply online here.

The application must contain:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience and contact information of at least two references.
  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF). Students who have not completed their master’s thesis at the time of application must submit an extended abstract of the upcoming master’s thesis.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts. Applicants from universities outside Norway are requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar, describing in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.
  • Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant’s contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please refer to the application number 2019/2780 when applying.

Questions about the position can be directed to Staal A. Vinterbo

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