Two PhD positions in Internet Measurement and Cybersecurity (Responsible Internet)

Two PhD positions in Internet Measurement and Cybersecurity (Responsible Internet)

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The Responsible Internet
Policy makers in many regions around the globe are increasingly concerned about the future of their digital economies as their networks and computing systems are operated or manufactured elsewhere, leading to a loss of "digital autonomy" and dependencies that may have very concrete negative impact. To help curb this problem, we have developed the notion of a Responsible Internet. The Responsible Internet is an extension of current Internet technology that provides three vital properties for operators and users: transparency, accountability, and controllability. The positions are two of seven PhD positions in the CATRIN project, a national effort funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) as part of the national research agenda (NWA). The goal of CATRIN is to start up the Responsible Internet. The project integrates technology, economics, and policy research to deliver a first operational multi-operator Responsible Internet. All PhDs hired in the project contribute to this effort from different angles of expertise.

Your research with us
We are advertising two PhD positions that work on closely related aspects of the technical realization of the Responsible Internet, concretely the so-called Network Information Plane and the Network Control Plane. These network planes deal with security-relevant data, including from security measurements, that allow to realize the transparency, accountability, and controllability properties of the Responsible Internet. The research of one PhD student will focus on devising, executing, and analyzing novel forms of Internet (security) measurement at global scale. The research of the other PhD student will focus on the data structures and algorithms required to capture and disseminate measurement results and the determined properties of networks and systems at Internet scale. However, the PhD students are also expected to collaborate and carry out experiments as a team. They will also need to work with other PhD students in this project, including several from other sciences.

The prospective PhD candidates will be supervised by Assoc Prof Dr Ralph Holz, Assoc Prof Dr Anna Sperotto, and Asst Prof Dr Mattijs Jonker. The candidates will be appointed for a period of four years, at the end of which they will deliver their PhD theses. During this period, the PhD students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge by joining international exchange programmes, to participate in national and international conferences and workshops, and to visit other research institutes and universities world-wide.


University of Twente (UT)


  • You have a MSc degree (or comparable) in computer science, electrical engineering, or similar; applications from students who are about to finish their MSc degree studies will be considered as well;
  • You have a background in Internet security and/or Internet measurement, or you have the background to acquire the relevant knowledge independently;
  • You are interested in empirical work;
  • You have a creative mindset and excellent analytical and communication skills;
  • You have good team spirit and like to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment;
  • You are proficient in English (C1 or better);
  • Of advantage: experience working with researchers from other disciplines (e.g., social sciences, economics) and an ability to express your thinking for audiences outside of computer science.

Conditions of employment

  • As a PhD student at UT, you will be appointed to a full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating and exciting scientific environment;
  • The University offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues;
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.443,- (first year) to € 3.122,- (fourth year);
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme;
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence while collaborating closely with colleagues and other researchers nationally and internationally.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2443—€3122 per month
  • University graduate
  • 391


University of Twente (UT)

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