Postdoctoral Researcher (1.0 fte) in Cybersecurity and Machine Learning

Postdoctoral Researcher (1.0 fte) in Cybersecurity and Machine Learning

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7 Jun 30 Jun Maastricht

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Job description

The Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, is looking for an excellent postdoctoral researcher (1.0 fte) in the area of Cybersecurity and Machine Learning. We expect the postdoctoral researcher to lead cutting-edge research in this area, and more specifically, produce and present academic publications in top-tier conferences/journals, liaise with academic and industrial partners, and work with other researchers in the field.

The postdoctoral researcher will assist in research and technology integration and will gain significant experience in multidisciplinary European research projects. To that aim, she/he will work with other researchers, as well as research and industrial partners across Europe towards the development of multivariate behavior analysis and anomaly detection techniques focused on in-depth data analysis related to cybercriminal activities. The main activities will be focused on the identification of those data sources that will allow to effectively detect specific patterns including large-scale malware analysis and classification. Overall, the target will be to detect trends and characterize advanced cyber-attacks in order to increase situational awareness.


Maastricht University (UM)


Candidates must hold a PhD in Computer Science (or a closely related field) or be about to obtain one. They will be evaluated chiefly on the significance and novelty of their research to date, their promise for leading research at the intersection of Cybersecurity and Machine Learning, and their ability to work in teams.

The successful applicant should have an outstanding research and publication record. Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills are a requirement. We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently. Fluent command of English orally and in writing is required to present and publish research results.

Conditions of employment

We offer a two-years (extension is possible after successful evaluation) 1.0 fte appointment as postdoctoral researcher starting at 1st of September 2019. Remuneration will be according to Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities in scale 10 with a minimum of € 2.709 and a maximum of € 4.274 gross per month (depending on your experience) for a full-time position of 38 hours/week. On top of this, there is an annual holiday allowance (8% of annual income) and an annual end-of-year bonus (8.3% of annual income).

Applicants from outside The Netherlands may be eligible for the so-called 30% ruling, a tax cut for highly skilled migrants that applies for a maximum of five years. If you are moving to Maastricht from more than 40 kilometers away, you may qualify for a one-time reimbursement of your relocation costs. 



Maastricht University | UM has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. UM is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. In the most recent rankings, UM was ranked the #1 general university for master’s education in The Netherlands.

Living and working in Maastricht | DKE is housed in the historical city center of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Situated in the heart of Europe and within 30 kilometers from the German and Belgian borders, Maastricht and its 120,000 inhabitants have a strong international character. It is a safe and family-friendly city with a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The city’s rich past is reflected everywhere in the streets: the ratio of monuments-to-inhabitants is roughly 1:73. If you are unfamiliar with The Netherlands, UM’s Knowledge Centre for International Staff will gladly assist you with practical matters such as housing.


The Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering | Founded in 1992, we are a fast-growing department undertaking internationally respected research in the areas of applied mathematics, data science, computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, and cybersecurity. Much of our research takes place at the interfaces of these disciplines. We maintain a large network of industry partners and provide education through one bachelor’s programme and two master’s programmes, all of which are nationally ranked #1 in their cohort according to the most recent education rankings.

Our new colleague(s) will be joining a tight-knit department consisting of ~50 principal investigators, postdocs and PhD students, >500 BSc and MSc students and a team of 12 dedicated support staff members. Together, we come from over 40 different countries.

STEM research in Maastricht | DKE is embedded in the equally thriving Faculty of Science and Engineering. It’s exciting times for STEM research in the region of Zuid-Limburg, where Maastricht University (UM) is situated. For example, UM recently joined the Einstein Telescope Partnership coalition, which will bring STEM challenges to our doorstep through construction of the ET Pathfinder prototype in the near future. Furthermore, Zuid-Limburg is a hub for the high-tech industry. Maastricht University participates in the four regional Brightlands campuses: local tech ecosystems where fundamental and applied research, state-of-the-art facilities, industry partners and students meet. In addition, the university itself offers no shortage of inspiring collaborators through our international network and the five other faculties of UM.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2709—€4274 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2019.203


Maastricht University (UM)

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