Cyber Security, PhD
Temporary employment
Master (EQF 7)
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As a PhD candidate, you will work on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project HEIR: A Secure Healthcare Environment for Informatics Resilience.


HEIR will provide threat identification and a cybersecurity knowledge base system for healthcare. Work packages include real-time threat hunting services, the facilitation of sensitive data sharing, and providing vulnerability assessments of hospitals and medical centers by assessing the security status of medical devices. HEIR will also create an intelligent knowledge base for the threats identified and set up a European network to establish cybersecurity healthcare practices.


Your role within HEIR will be to work on the detection and characterization of advanced cyberattacks. You do so by collaborating with researchers and industry partners across Europe. Due to a focus on the automated detection of cybersecurity threats, the position lies at the intersection of Cybersecurity and Machine Learning.

Throughout the project, you will publish and present your results in top-tier conferences and journals. The cumulative results of your research will be presented in a PhD thesis.



A master’s degree (completed, or to be completed shortly) in computer science or a closely related field. A master’s degree in IT or network security is considered a plus.

Excellent analytical skills and experience in programming languages (especially Python and C).

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

Excellent command of English, both oral and in writing.

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


Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts 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.


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.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.


Additional information

For information about the position, you can contact Dr. Apostolis Zarras, Assistant professor, email:, tel: +31 (0)433883502.


Application procedure 

If you are interested in the position please send us a motivation letter, your complete CV including 3 referees with contact details, and our grade list.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.