research, IoT, PhD
Permanent employment
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8), Master (EQF 7)
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Job description 

With the rapid incorporation of Internet-enabled technologies into our everyday lives, we no longer have direct control over with whom and what our devices communicate. Hacked devices acting on a network can cause significant damage and provide a new playground for attackers. The number of devices that run potentially vulnerable software has exploded, and vulnerabilities are increasingly being discovered in the software running on these devices. To keep up with the number of services that must be vetted for vulnerabilities, a new approach is required. We are looking for 2 ambitious motivated individuals to pursue a PhD on securing the IoT from an interdisciplinary point of view.

The goal of these PhDs is to prevent intrusions by identifying vulnerable IoT devices, extract relevant information about their vulnerabilities, asses the overall risk and create appropriate countermeasures. The envisioned tasks involve (ii) identifying vulnerable IoT devices through internet measurements and fingerprinting, (2) mapping vulnerability to atomic elements of the IoT devices based on public data, (3) evaluate and reduce of the overall risk.

The selected applicant will not be alone but will become part of a team of more than 20 researchers investigating different aspects related so the security our daily lives. This project will also provide the unique opportunity to work with private companies but also with governmental and public bodies. On top of that, the PhDs will also have the opportunity to present your work in international venues and interact with the people that are shaping the future of a secure society




- The applicant must be in possession (or expect to obtain) of Master of Science (MSc) diploma in a relevant field, such as: communications engineering, computer engineering, software engineering/computer science, data science or equivalent

- Transnational mobility: the applicant must have the ability to relocate to the Netherlands - Ability to collaborate within an interdisciplinary team

- Excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentation)

- Capacity to generate new ideas, concepts, and solutions

- Have an excellent command of English

Desirable skills:

- Qualitative or quantitative research methodologies

- Relevant experience in R&D activities is a plus

- Experience in network security, artificial intelligence, and data science is considered to be an advantage


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 Technology, Policy and Management


With its excellent education and research at the intersection of technology, society and policy, the Faculty of TPM makes an important contribution to solving complex technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility, digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security.
We combine insights from the engineering sciences, the social and the humanities. We develop robust models and designs, are internationally oriented and have an extensive network with knowledge institutions, companies, social organisations and governments.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.


Additional information


For information about the selection procedure, please contact Olivie Beek, HR Advisor, email:

For more information about these vacancies, feel free to contact Dr.-Ing. Tobias Fiebig ( and/or Dr. Simon Parkin (