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The Chair of Information Security at the Faculty of Computer Science is looking for a 

PhD position (m,f,x) in Blockchain and System Security for 3 years with 39,83 hours per week, TV-L E12/13

The newly founded Faculty of Computer Science (www.informatik.rub.de) unites all ongoing computer science activities at RUB in an interdisciplinary manner. The research and teaching area of IT security, in which our university has been a leader in Europe for over 20 years, plays a central role in the new Faculty. This is also reflected in the Cluster of Excellence CASA (www.casa.rub.de), which is funded as part of the Federal Government's Excellence Initiative, in which over 100 researchers develop effective measures against cyberattacks.

The Chair for Information Security held by Prof. Dr. Ghassan Karame has an immediate full-time PhD position in the area of blockchain and system security (currently 39.83 hours / week = 100%).

extent: full-time
duration: pemporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline: 18.03.2024

Your tasks:

  • The main task in this position is to explore how to improve the security and privacy of modern blockchains and decentralized platforms while enhancing their performance and scalability.  
  • The members of Prof. Karame's Chair conduct research and teaching in various areas of IT security. The Chair offers various courses in the Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs and participates in several third-party-funded projects.
  • This international and dynamic team also cooperates with several university and non-university institutions (e.g., the Max Planck Institute).

Your profile:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field,
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English.
  • background in the areas of IT security and privacy, system security, blockchain technologies is a strong plus.
  • Experience in software development including experience with programming languages, such as Python, Golang, Java, or C/C++ is also a plus.

Our offerings:

  • team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • a friendly and collegial environment
  • a dynamic environment
  • employment at one of the largest universities in Germany within the University Alliance Ruhr

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews. https://www.wpr.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

The load of teaching will be calculated according to § 3 of Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

At the request of the applicant (m/f/x), the position can also be taken up on a part-time basis.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).
https://www.zfa.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Rebecca Pfeiffer-Kroll, Phone: +49234 32 24284

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

Please send your complete application documents (recent CV, a cover letter describing why you are a good fit, and a transcript of your records) in the form of a single PDF document (max. 10 MB) with the specification ANR: 2838 until 18/03/2024, send by e-mail to the following address: inf-infsec@rub.de

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