Permanent employment
Den Haag
Master (EQF 7)
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What exactly will you do?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming more and more ubiquitous in our lives – at the workplace, in our homes, and in public places. Many of these devices have been developed with security as an afterthought, based on hardware that is already outdated when it is released, or both. As many of these IoT devices are, in fact, computing systems running firmware and software similar to that also running in computers, tablets, and cell phones, they are increasingly interesting for attackers as points-of-entry into networks and other computing infrastructure. Many IoT devices also contain sensors that capture data and information that should not fall into the hands of unauthorized parties, such as private audio and video data, and movement and other behavioral patterns. Data captured or generated by IoT devices is in many cases sent to and processed by cloud service providers, often without the complete knowledge of the end users.

The focus of the research work will be in one or more of the following areas:

  • Investigation into current practices of IoT devices with regards to security, including, but not limited to: protection mechanisms of the firmware/software, and the update process; user and administrator authentication; data storage and processing; communication protocols;
  • Use of trusted computing in the IoT space: designing and prototyping of potential improvements in the areas of secure boot, use of trusted execution environments, and remote attestation, taking into account the limitations of IoT, in terms of available hardware, software, etc.;
  • Surveying and evaluating the current state-of-the-art of usability of security features for IoT devices, and development of secure, usable interfaces;
  • Research and development of identity and access management solutions for IoT devices.

Besides your role as a researcher you have the opportunity to work as a lecturer for the educational program Network & System Engineering (a differentiation within the Bachelor program HBO-ICT). You know how to motivate people and teach our students technical skills within computer sciences. You are also willing to have a role in the further development of education in this field. Moreover, you are able to guide students in working on projects, internships and graduation. The Bachelor program is taught in Dutch.

The research group is part of the Center of Expertise Cyber Security. It collaborates with other research groups within the Center of Expertise. The bachelor program HBO-ICT is part of the Faculty of IT & Design and is thought at three THUAS Campuses located in The Hague, Delft, and Zoetermeer.

Your profile
We look forward to read more about your experience. Furthermore, we would like to see in your resume that you:

  • have completed a Master’s in Computer Science, with a focus on security, cryptography, embedded devices, operating systems, software development, identity and access management, and/or human-machine interfacing and design;
  • have hands-on experience of programming in at least one system development programming language (e.g., C/C++, Python), knowledge of scripting and development;
  • have reverse-engineering skills, and experience in analyzing and understanding others’ (disassembled, decompiled) code, fluency in a reverse engineering tool (Ghidra, IDA Pro);
  • are familiar with Linux and GNU toolchain;
  • are interested in working with and developing for embedded devices and single-board computers (e.g., Raspberry Pi);
  • have or willing to obtain a teaching qualification;
  • have excellent writing and communication skills in both English and Dutch (B2 level NT2 if you want to work as a lecturer).

When we meet for an interview, you will be able to convince us that you are the best candidate for the job. We encourage you to apply, if you:

  • have an outgoing personality with a creative mindset who is passionate about conducting practical and applicable research;
  • have an attitude for teamwork and used to initiating and organizing your work in collaboration with others;
  • have strong intercultural communication skills with the ability to engage with new contacts;
  • have good organizational skills and can handle pressure and deadlines.

What we offer:

  • An appointment of 0.4 – 1,0 FTE, 16-40 hours per week in a temporary position for a period of 18 months. Your appointment at the research group will be 16 hours per week and can be expanded up to a fulltime appointment if you are teaching in the educational program HBO-ICT;
  • A salary between € 3.658,64 and the maximum of € 5.026,85 euro (scale 11) or between €4.445,52 and the maximum of € 5.717,25 euro (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time work week, dependent of your prior experience;
  • Read more about our attractive secondary conditions.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences as an inclusive campus
The Hague University of Applied Sciences wants to be an inclusive campus. That's why we focus on equal opportunities and strive for a wide diversity of staff alongside a diverse student population. After all, as a university we are at the heart of society and should reflect that. That is why we attach great importance to making the best possible use of the different perspectives and backgrounds of our employees. This is how we find even more connection with our students and the changing world around us.

Are you our new colleague?
You can apply for the position by submitting your CV and cover letter via the 'more information' button above. The application deadline is September 15th, 2021. Interviews will be scheduled on 20th, 21st, and 24th of September 2021.

During the period from July 16 to August 22, 2021, we will be less accessible due to the summer vacation.

Do you want more information?
For in-depth information, please contact from August 23 dr. Ligaya Butalid, programme coordinator Centre of Expertise Cyber Security, via e-mail at l.butalid@hhs.nl
For general information: Rachel van Veghel, Resourcing Advisor, via e-mail at vacatures@hhs.nl.

You can apply via the application button, no applications will be considered when sent through email.
Recruitment in response to this job opportunity is not appreciated.