Postdoctoral position on Software Security

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Information Technology has a leading position in research and education. The Department currently has about 280 employees, including 120 teachers and 110 PhD students. More than 4000 students study one or more courses at the department each year. More info:

Duties/Project description: The candidate will perform research to develop techniques for detecting and removing security vulnerabilities in software, and applying these techniques in software for IoT devices.  Since the exploitation of vulnerabilities in such software can cause huge damages (e.g., the forming of malicious botnets), it must be bug-free and correctly implement security services.  Techniques in the scope of the project include program analysis, verification, symbolic execution, testing using fuzzing, taint analysis, and model learning.  The goals include to significantly extend the power and scalability of such techniques to make the applicable to real-world code bases; foreseen applications include software for IoT systems such as the OS Contiki.

Environment: The position is funded by a five-year grant aSSIsT: Secure Software for the Internet of Things (, supported by SSF (the Foundation for Strategic Research), which brings together several groups at Uppsala University (Bengt Jonsson, Parosh Abdulla, Mohammed Faouzi Atig, Philipp Ruemmer, Kostis Sagonas, Wang Yi) that are world-renowned in the fields of automated verification, programming language implementation, and testing.  Contributions include the UPPAAL model checker, high-impact techniques and tools for testing and verification of multithreaded software, including Concuerror and Nidhugg, and several tools for the Erlang programming language. Members received the CAV (Computer-Aided Verification) Award, the most prestigious academic award in the area, both in 2013 (Wang Yi) and in 2017 (Parosh Abdulla and Bengt Jonsson).  The work is performed in collaboration with partners at RISE SICS (Luca Mottola, Shahid Raza, Thiemo Voigt) including developers of the ConTiki OS, and the SICS Security lab.

A Post-Doctoral position  is time-limited for a maximum of two years, and may include some teaching (at most 20%).

Requirements: To qualify for an employment as a postdoctor you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

A successful candidate should have a strong research experience in some of the fields: program analysis, compiler techniques, model checking, formal verification, testing, security, software engineering, and similar, as well as be proficient in building software systems and tools. The applicant must have good skills in spoken and written English.

Criteria for ranking: When ranking several qualified applicants, scientific skills will be of primary importance. The university aims to recruit the person who, in the combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualification, is judged most suitable to independently carry out and develop the work at hand, and to contribute to a positive development of the aSSIsT project and the department.

Application: Applications should include a description of research interests and past experience, including a motivation for applying for this position, a CV, copies of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of Ph.D. thesis (or a draft thereof), relevant publications, and other relevant documents. Applications should be accompanied by at least two letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons, as well as earliest feasible starting date of employment.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: September 1st, or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to central collective agreement.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Bengt Jonsson ( and Kostis Sagonas (

Please submit your application by March 25, 2020, UFV-PA 2020/532.

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Placement: Department of Information Technology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/532

Last application date: 2020-03-25

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Post expires on Wednesday March 25th, 2020