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The Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security / Cluster of Excellence CASA of the Faculty of Computer Science is looking for 

research assistants (m,f,d) for 2 years, full-time (TVL E14)

The Cluster of Excellence, "CASA - Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries" at Ruhr-University Bochum offers postdoctoral positions within our “CASA Jump.Start Program for Postdocs”. About CASA CASA conducts research on sustainable computer security against powerful, large-scale attackers, in particular nation-states. The Cluster is funded within the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder. The funding of 30 million euros allows us to lend excellent support to the needs and ambitions of upcoming scientists. Research at CASA, which is based at the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security, follows a strongly interdisciplinary approach. In addition to technical questions, it also investigates the interaction of human behavior and IT security. At CASA, researchers from the fields of computer science, cryptography, electrical engineering, mathematics, and psychology work together in a unique constellation in Europe. This holistic approach is unparalleled and holds the potential for scientific breakthroughs.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
time limit: 31.12.2022

Your tasks:

  • CASA Jump.Start Program for Postdocs As part of our Jump.Start Program, we are permanently looking for excellent postdoctoral candidates with an outstanding track record in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and psychology (preferably with a relationship to technology) or related disciplines. The position will enable you to work on your own research agenda. Postdoctoral positions are limited to two years. The salary will be according to the remuneration group E 14 TV-L (full time). Since the funding is provided by external third-party sources, the employee has no teaching obligation.

Your profile:

  • An excellent doctoral degree in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, psychology (preferably with a relationship to technology), or related disciplines is mandatory.
  • Fluent spoken and written English is also required.
  • Besides, applicants should already have published relevant papers at the leading conferences in cryptography and computer security as listed e.g., at http://csrankings.org/

Our offerings:

  • Excellent research environment with award-winning scientists,
  • Programs designed to support parents
  • Support measures for women in IT security,
  • Excellent support for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers,
  • Opportunities for academic and professional development,
  • Budget for courses, conferences, equipment and international exchange,
  • Open team culture

Additional information:

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

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:

Patrick Schulte, Phone: +49234 32 27722

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.

Are you interested? If you are interested in a postdoctoral position within CASA, please contact one of the CASA PIs first to discuss the prospects of collaboration and supervision within the Jump.Start Program: https://casa.rub.de/en/about/team.

If you reach a preliminary agreement with one of the CASA PIs about terms and eventual topics of a prospective collaboration, please submit via career@casa.de (all documents obligatory):

- A scientific proposal for your research project in CASA (max. 3 pages; the template will be handed out beforehand through the CASA Management Office),
- Letter of motivation,
- Name at least two persons (supervisors, other researchers) as references (names and email addresses),
- Curriculum vitae, - Master's certificate, - Doctoral certificate.

ANR: 316 until 31.12.2022.


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